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Ref. No:  BE-2019-036VUB
Country: Belgium
Company information

Employer: VUB - IR - MACH - FYSC
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Business or product: Research and Development
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Working place: Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Nearest internat. airport: Brussels Zaventem International Airport
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Number of employees: 20
Working hours per week: 38.0
Daily working hours: 7.6

Student required

General discipline: Chemistry, Material Science, and Chemical Engineering
Field of study: Materials Engineering; Polymer/Plastics Engineering; Polymer Chemistry; Materials Science; Materials Chemistry
Study level: end (7 and more semesters)
Previous training: No
Language required for training:
English excellent or
Dutch excellent
Other requirements:
The student needs to submit a CV with relevant curriculum, trainings and experience. The student will be interviewed via Skype.

Student status obligatory: please include a Certificate of Enrolment with your nomination.
If trainee has non-EEA/Swiss nationality: maximum duration is 90 days.

Work offered

Kind of work:
The FYSC research group has developed considerable expertise in the physicochemical characterization of reversible covalent polymer network systems to create stimuli-responsive materials for different types of applications, which include recyclability of polymer networks, reversible adhesion and self-healing materials. You will assist in FYSC’s current research activities on different levels, based on your previous experience and interests.
The work may include several of the following activities, taking into account your skills and the time of the appointment:
- Synthesis and development of new dynamically reversible chemistries for stimuli-responsive polymer network systems. These stimuli may include thermal, photochemical or mechanical activation;
- Design of new polymer network architectures with the aim of improving the (mechanical) performance or altering the viscoelastic behaviour of existing polymer networks for current or new applications;
- Improvement of existing processing techniques and/or development of new processing and manufacturing techniques for polymer network materials or finished products for current and new applications;
- Product characterization, either after synthesis of new materials or after alteration of polymer network design, and subsequent evaluation for further use;
- Assessment of stimuli-responsiveness of the designed material or product, with respect to targeted application, e.g. self-healing soft devices or recyclability.
- Life cycle analysis of material synthesis, production, application and end-of-life;

We are looking for people interested in materials research and innovation that work well in a team, yet able to focus independently on their respective tasks. Researchers are ought to be curious, studious and ambitious. In innovative research it is important to think out of the box, to have a critical mind and strong analytical and assessment skills. Experience with polymer science, synthesis or applications are a plus.
Category: Research and development
Number of weeks offered: min. 12 | max. 24
Within period: from 22.07.2019 to 20.12.2019
Work closed:
Gross pay: 200 EUR per week
Max. deduction to be expected: 0


Lodging will be arranged by: IAESTE
Canteen facilities available at work: Yes
Estimated cost of lodging: 100 EUR per week
Estimated cost of living incl. lodging: 200 EUR per week

Additional information

Deadline for nomination: 31.03.2019
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