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Research Technician in Organic and Polymer Synthesis

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TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the TNW Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.   



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Research Technician in Organic and Polymer Synthesis

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Job description

The Research Technician will be involved in current research topics and will develop new building blocks for sustainable polymeric materials, including emulsion polymerization, organic syntheses, and polymerization techniques.


An enthusiastic chemist at the BSc or MSc level, equivalent to Dutch HLO or university levels, who enjoys working independently and taking initiatives. Also, lab technicians with experience working in industry or after finishing an apprenticeship in synthetic chemistry are encouraged to apply.

Experience in the synthesis and purification of organic compounds is expected. Expertise in the synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials would be beneficial.

We offer

  •  Excellent and dynamic environment for researchers within our research institute MESA+ (, attractive campus and lots of facilities for sports and leisure;          


  • You will be appointed for 2 years (extension feasible) as a research technician for synthesis in the SPC group.


  • Terms of employment are in accordance with Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO), include:


  • A salary with a maximum of €3548- gross per month;


  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus (effectively corresponds to 14 months’ salary per annum);


  • A pension scheme that is part of the world-famous Dutch pension system

Information and application

For more information please visit our website or contact the SPC secretariat or Prof. Dr. Frederik Wurm, e-mail: or

Please submit your application before 30 November 2020 (choose “apply here” below). Your application must include a motivation letter, a CV, including list of grades and previous experience


About the department

The research chair Sustainable Polymer Chemistry (SPC) – in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Twente – develops new sustainable biobased and biodegradable polymeric materials. An essential part of our multidisciplinary research is the synthesis and characterization of custom-made monomers and polymers. We are recruiting as soon as possible a

Research Technician in Organic and Polymer Synthesis

The research goal of the Sustainable Polymer Chemistry (SPC) group is to prepare polymeric materials, additives, and nanocarriers based on renewable resources or with defined end-of-life options (e.g. biodegradation). Our research relies on the designed synthesis of novel monomer and polymer building blocks or utilizes chemically-modified biopolymers. To address the scientific questions we use a combination of experimental techniques including organic synthesis, living polymerization techniques, or emulsion formulations. We also use state-of-the-art characterization techniques for polymers and study their polymerization kinetics in detail to control macromolecular function and assembly. Biodegradation or interaction with biological media is also studied for selected materials.
The SPC group is part of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, which offers advanced characterization and fabrication tools on the nanoscale, as well as a stimulating environment with more than 250 PhD students working on various aspects of nanoscience and technolo

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Nederland, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB


Drienerlolaan 5 7522 NB Enschede

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

2. Higher education (HBO)

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