Job ID: 164374

3-year PhD position in the Rheology of Polymers

RWTH Aachen University

  • Aug. 2, 2021
  • 3-year PhD position in the Rheology of Polymers
  • Institute of Physical Chemistry
  • RWTH Aachen University
    Aachen, NRW
  • Sep. 6, 2021
  • From October 2021
  • Graduate Student
  • Physics - Condensed Matter/Low Temperature
    Materials Sciences/Polymer Sciences
    Chemistry - Physical

About the Project
A 36 month PhD position, funded by the DFG is available at the department of Physical Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University under the supervision of Prof. Walter Richtering and Dr. Carlos G. Lopez. The project involves the study of the solution properties polyelectrolytes in mixed water-alcohol media.

Your Profile

Applicants should hold a Master’s Degree (or comparable) in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or a related discipline. The position is open to people of any nationality, knowledge of German is not required. Candidates should have good skills in spoken and written English, and are expected to contribute towards teaching throughout their degree. Prior experience with either rheology and/or scattering methods is advantageous but not required.

Your Duties and Responsibilities

Your project will focus on studying the solution properties of polyelectrolytes in aqueous and organic media using rheological and scattering methods. Specifically, you will investigate how the solvation of polyelectrolyte counterions affects the solubility of polyelectrolytes in different aqueous and organic media, with a focus on water-alcohol mixtures. Additionally, you will study the flow behaviour of these systems using rotational rheology and microrheological techniques.

What We Offer:
The successful candidate will be employed as a regular employee for 3 years.
We aim to fill the position by 01.11.2021. The starting date is flexible.
The standard weekly hours will be 26 hrs. and 33 minutes.
The successful candidate has the opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in this position.
The salary corresponds to level EG 13 TV-L.

With over 45000 students, RWTH Aachen is the largest university of technology in Germany and is a member of the German Universities of Excellence funded by the Federal Government’s Excellence Strategy. It is consistently ranked among the top 10 German universities. Located in the center of Europe at the intersection of three national borders, with over 8,000 international students, a network of over 673 international partner universities and numerous international student clubs and associations, RWTH boasts a truly international flair. Diversity, family-friendliness and equality are core values at RWTH.

For more details, please contact:

Dr. Carlos G. Lopez
Tel.: +49 (0) 241 80-94720

Further information can be found on our website:

Please send your application (CV, cover letter and two references) by September 6th, 2021 via email to

or by post to:

RWTH Aachen University
Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie II und Institut für Physikalische Chemie
Dr. Carlos G. Lopez
Landoltweg 2, 52074 Aachen

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Contact Information

  • Carlos G. Lopez
    Institute of Physical Chemistry
    RWTH Aachen University
    Landoltweg 2
    Aachen, NRW 52074

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