PhD position in advanced multi-functional polymer materials  based on encapsulated systems


The Calvino group has one open PhD position to work on the development of advanced multi-functional polymer materials relying on encapsulated systems  within the Center of Excellence livMatS, University of Freiburg.

"The Cluster of Excellence livMatS develops completely novel, bioinspired materials systems that adapt autonomously to various environments and harvest clean energy from their surroundings. The intention of these purely technical – yet in a behavioral sense quasi-living – materials systems is to meet the demands of humans with regard to pioneering environmental and energy technologies. The societal relevance of autonomous systems and their sustainability will thus play an important role in their development. The research program of livMatS is characterized by highly interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from a broad range of fields including engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, the humanities, and sustainability sciences."



This project aims to develop a new framework enabling spatially controlled local changes on demand harnessing encapsulated chemistries and a well-defined multiscale polymer material design towards self-reporting, self-healing, and self-destructive adaptive functionalities.
Several design parameters will be tuned to achieve the desired functionalities: compartmentalized and orthogonal chemistries, capsule shape and dimensions, capsule-matrix and multi-capsule interactions, macroscopic design of polymeric materials.


The applicant must have a master’s degree in chemistry or polymer science. The candidate should also demonstrate a willingness to pursue interdisciplinary research involving molecular-scale and polymer synthesis, polymer processing, and the characterization of polymeric material properties. Research experience in organic and/or polymer synthesis and standard characterization techniques (NMR, IR, UV-Vis, and Fluorescence) is expected. Additional skills in engineering and material science would be advantageous. Excellent communication skills in English (written and oral) as well as having a team oriented /collaborative spirit are essential requirements.


This research program provides successful applicants with the opportunity to join a multidisciplinary and highly qualified group of experts in the field of adaptive materials and develop a multidisciplinary scientific skill set. Furthermore, our program offers the chance to discover different working environments and the potential to establish future research and collaborative opportunities.

Finally, the University of Freiburg offers competitive working conditions with state-of-the-art equipment for designing responsive chemical motifs as well as for engineering and characterizing polymer materials.


  • Letter of intent detailing why you are interested in this specific project and how your previous research qualifies you for the project (2 pages max)

  • Curriculum Vitae with list of publications (if applicable)

  • Certified copies of your university degree(s) with grades (BA and MA certificate / Diploma certificate and transcript)

  • Short summary of your master’s thesis (up to 1,000 words)

  • Work sample (chapter from recent thesis or journal article, up to 5,000 words)

  • Two recommendation letters with contact details of the referees



Please send your application in one PDF file only with the subject title “PhD position CAPSULES_SURNAME”.


Your documents will not be returned after the application process. For this reason, please submit copies only. Applications with incomplete files will not be considered.  


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Deadline for applications is August 22nd. Project work is expected to begin early September.