Job Title: Postdoctoral researcher
Employer: Institut Català de Nanotecnologia (ICN)
Location: Campus de la UAB, 08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain
Job Type: 1 year contract extendable to 2
Henkel, the world market leader in adhesives, sealants and surface technologies, is known for innovative chemistry and materials as the backbone of its product lines. Henkel products address many important markets, such as the packaging, automotive and electronics industries as well as craftsmen and consumers. Committed to keeping its innovation pipeline filled with new products, Henkel is constantly devising and developing new active compounds, technologies, processes and raw materials, both in-house and in collaboration with partners. To further strengthen its ties to research institute, Henkel Adhesive Technologies has created in 2012 a new research laboratory in collaboration with ICN. Henkel is looking for a talented scientist with an interest in industrial research to support a challenging R&D project.
The Institut Català de Nanotecnologia (http://www.icn.cat/) (ICN) is a private foundation created on 11 July 2003 with the objective of becoming a world-renowned centre for nanoscience and nanotechnology research. It is part of CERCA, the network of Research Centres launched by the Catalan Government as a cornerstone of its long-term strategy to foster development of a knowledge-based economy. ICN's research lines focus on the newly discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the fascinating behaviour of matter at the nanoscale.
We seek a Postdoctoral researcher candidate holding a PhD degree in chemistry, material science or chemical engineering or related fields with experience in the fields of polymer synthesis like emulsion polymerization, suspension polymerization and interfacial polymerization. The candidate should be able to characterize the polymers made and have the ability to tune the reaction conditions and methods in order to obtain the desired mechanical properties of the materials.
The ideal candidate will have a solid chemistry background in the fields previously mentioned with a good knowledge of material science and a high interest for applied research. Hands-on knowledge of electron microscopy techniques and a solid academic and professional background in experimental chemistry are also desired.. Due to our strong international focus, good English communication skills are essential.
An open minded and self-motivated personality is important, as well as the ability to work well in an interdisciplinary team and eager to learn hyphenated techniques or cutting edge characterization technology.
The researcher will be working in close collaboration with senior researchers at the Nanostructured Functional Materials research group of ICN2.
The contract will be funded through a collaborative project with HENKEL.