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Novel concepts for 3D printing technologies - combining smart materials and smart manufacturing

Project Description

We offer a PhD Position at the NeptunLab. The NeptunLab is the highly interdisciplinary research group of Prof. Bastian E. Rapp at the Department of Microsystems Technology (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg. Research interests include the development of novel materials, technologies and processes for structuring materials and industrial applications. The work of the NeptunLab is published in the most important international journals including Lab-on-a-Chip, Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie and Nature and has been featured in national and international radio and print media including the BBC, the New York Times and the Discovery Channel.
3D printing has gained much attention in recent years: The concept of forming a three-dimensional object by additive manufacturing offers enormous potential for fast concept-to-validation periods, significant reduction in waste materials and the digitalization and democratisation of the entire manufacturing chain, to name but a few. Classical 3D printing techniques rely on supporting structures and generation of parts in a layer-by-layer fashion. With the combination of smart materials, e.g. liquids that only selectively transmit light and smart processing, e.g. through structuring in the bulk volume, novel 3D printing techniques can be established that will allow significantly faster processing and higher precision. To achieve this, novel material formulations as well as entirely novel manufacturing concepts need to be explored. The project aims at highly ambitious scientists with an exceptionally high amount of motivation who seek a PhD thesis in the field of smart material and process design. This position will play a key role in an ERC Consolidator Grant which will develop a next-generation, first-of-its-kind tactile displays for visually impaired people. Being a project of high social and scientific relevance, the project and this position thus offers significant potential for developing an academic career as well as high-impact publications.

Your Activities and Responsibilities
• Design, Development and Setup of a novel 3D printing platform
• Development and characterization of novel material formulations for 3D printing
• Practical use of 3D printing for smart materials and multicomponent printing
• Compounding of functionalized reagents and additives

Your Qualification Profile
• Master’s degree and Studies in chemistry, chemical engineering or related subjects
• Profound knowledge of 3D printing, smart materials and material chemistry is required
• Knowledge of optical spectroscopy is beneficial.
• Excellent academic track record
• Excellent English skills in reading and writing
• You should be a team player with ambitions who can conduct research projects independently
• You should be able to structure and document your work properly
• You should be a creative mind, developing your own ideas and willing to go the extra mile to generate outstanding scientific results.

What we offer/benefits
• An interdisciplinary work environment with a team of motivated scientists that strive to develop clever solutions for scientific as well as industrial problems
• Well-funded projects with access to excellent state-of-the art infrastructure, generous lab space and scientific equipment
• An aspiring young team with great emphasis on publications and publicity
• A lab structure that promotes the development of the individual members and fosters open-minded scientific discussions
• A strong focus on the career development of the candidate including submitting to and attending the most relevant international conferences and summer schools
• An environment that supports start-up mentality – if your research is industrially applicable and promising, we will move towards commercialization of your solution
• Payment of TV-L 13 75% (full time), equals monthly gross salary of ~2877.95 €
• Depending on the performance of the candidate the PhD degree is generally finished within three years

Your Application
• Letter of motivation
• CV
• academic track record (grades)
• publication list
• reference letter(s) and/or references

Funding Notes

This project is part of a highly prestigious ERC Grant research project.



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