The Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden is a non-university research institute and a
member of the Leibniz Association. It has gained world-wide reputation for its applicationoriented
basic research on new polymer materials for future technologies, e.g. in the fields
of energy, mobility, health, sustainability, and communication, and it supports the transfer of
research results into application. The research work is carried out on the basis of state-of-the-art
technical equipment in interdisciplinary cooperation between the five institutes of the IPF and
embedded in numerous national and international cooperations. The IPF promotes young
scientists and is certified as a family-friendly employer according to the Audit berufundfamilie®.
The institute currently employs around 500 persons. Further information at www.ipfdd.de.
Along these lines, the research group ThieleLab works on a radically new approach for polymer
material design, rethinking additive manufacturing on both material and process level in an ERC
Starting Grant project. Here, the research group offers a
PhD position (m/f/d) on developing polymer material processing strategies
The ERC project 3DPartForm plans to address the current lack of additive manufacturing to
provide multifunctional, stimuli-responsive materials by exploring a novel material design
strategy that includes processing and assembling individual polymer building blocks with an
intrinsic set of functions and properties into true 4D polymer multimaterials. The PhD position
is devoted to develop, construct and apply processing platforms for these building block in close
collaboration with other project members. It will be of particular interest that these building
blocks can be later assembled into larger hierarchical structures that are not simply static, but
able to guide, process and manipulate information based on light, electric charges or diffusing
To tackle these challenges,
the successful candidate is trained in chemistry, materials science
or process engineering, hands-on experience in machine construction and engineering is a
The position is starting January 01, 2022 and is limited for 3 years.
According to German pay grade TV-L EG 13, 65%
The IPF Dresden strives for gender equality and diversity in all fields. Applications by people
with severe disabilities will be given preference if they are equally qualified. Moreover, as the IPF
would like to raise the proportion of women in fields where they are underrepresented, women in
particular are invited to apply.
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The desire to path new ways in how polymer materials are made, to work across disciplines and
discuss results with collaborators from other fields is essential. If you are motivated by these
challenges, please submit your record of accomplishment with research interests, full CV, a
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