8 full-time PhD positions addressing highly significant, up-to-date research questions related to eco-efficient process development, synthesis of novel dispersed sulfur polymer products, leading to innovative applications :


The PhD candidates will work in tandem and be part of the innovative training network (ITN) “Towards Next generation Eco-efficient PHOTO and EMULSION Polymerizations” funded through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Programme. PHOTO-EMULSION focuses on new eco-friendly chemical processes for the manufacturing of plastic products. The project aims at training a group of 8 PhD students through a high-quality research network including 8 internationally reputed academic institutions, 4 leading companies and 2 non-profit organisations. Balanced and European-wide, the project’s diversity expresses through the participation of 8 different countries: Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden & Spain.

Where to apply

Tandem PhD 1-2

Position 1:  Thiol-Ene Miniemulsion Photopolymerisation: Seizing New Light Opportunities (Institute of Mulhouse Materials Science , IS2M, Mulhouse, France). This position has been taken.

Position 2:  Thiol-ene Miniemulsion Photopolymerisation: Functional and Reactive Sulfur Polymer Latex (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, MPIP, Mainz, Germany). This position has been taken.

Tandem PhD 3-4 [details→]

Position 3: Thiol-Ene Miniemulsion Photopolymerisation: High Barrier Waterborne Polysulfide Dispersions (University of the Basque Country POLYMAT, UPV/EHU, San Sebastian, Spain). This position has been taken.

Position 4: Thiol-Ene Miniemulsion Photopolymerisation: Polysulfide Latex Crystallization in a Nanoscale Environment and Film Formation Institute of Physics, Albert Ludwig University Freiburg (FREIBURG, Germany). This position has been taken.

Where to apply

Tandem PhD 5-6 [details→]

Position 5:  Thiol-Ene Miniemulsion Photopolymerisation: Porous Polysulfide via High Internal Phase Thiol-Ene Emulsion Photopolymerisation (PolyOrgLab, UNI Maribor, Slovenia). This position has been taken.

Position 6:   Thiol-Ene Miniemulsion Photopolymerisation: Bio-Based Polysulfide Latex for Coatings and Chromatography applications (the Institute of Applied Synthetic Chemistry, TU Vienna, Austria). This position has been taken.

Tandem PhD 7-8 [details→]

Position 7:  Thiol-Ene Miniemulsion Photopolymerisation: Process Intensification of Thiol-Ene Miniemulsion Photopolymerisation Institute Charles Sadron (ICS, University of Strasbourg, France).

Position 8:  Thiol-Ene Miniemulsion Photopolymerisation: Aerosol Thiol-ene Photopolymerisation: Multi-Scale Multi-Component Nanoparticles the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany). This position has been taken.


The following eligibility criteria for Early Stage Researchers within ITNs are set by the EU:

  • Candidates may be of any nationality.
  • By the time of recruitment by the host organization, candidates must not have received a doctorate or equivalent.
  • By the time of recruitment by the host organization, candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research career. Full-time research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which formally entitled him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.
  • Because the Marie Curie schemes are designed to encourage researcher mobility, there is a mobility criterion for recruitment: By the time of recruitment by the host organization, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host for more than twelve months in the last three years. Short stays, such as holidays, are not included.

Candidates can be of any nationality, but are required to undertake transnational mobility. Candidates should ideally possess a Master’s degree in chemistry, material science or a closely related discipline. Candidates must be within the first four years of his/her research career. Applications from candidates who already possess a doctoral degree will not be considered. Potential candidates should be able to demonstrate motivation and a strong eagerness to learn. Individuals must possess excellent written, oral communication in English and organizational skills. In addition, they should demonstrate the ability both to work independently and as part of a team. Previous related research experience will be a distinct advantage. Scientific curiosity with an open attitude to work interdisciplinary in the framework of international collaborations is also essential. All students must be willing to travel. The ideal starting date would be Sep. 1st.


In partnership with Novatris (, we will set up a foreign language learning by Tandem-tutoring by associating each ESR with a language partner (the tandem ESR) having a different mother tongue. For this, a minimum C1 level (CEFRL) in English is required, ideally an A2 level in the mother language of the language partner (to be learnt) would be recommended. The ESR should be motivated to improve his/her skills in the foreign language through autonomous learning. For successful learning through the tandem method, an efficient studying environment, the willingness to improve linguistic, intercultural, collaborative and social skills are crucial. NOVATRIS could propose a method in self-training to reach level A2, which is a prerequisite


Basic gross amount is about 3.1 k€ per month (depends on the host country correction coefficient) + mobility (600 € per month, which will be paid as part of gross salary) + family allowance (500 € per month to be paid as part of gross salary). The family allowance will be paid should the researcher have family. The indicated amount is before any tax application. The total gross salary will be calculated after deduction of all necessary taxes/social contributions (employer contribution), which are country specific. The final net sum will vary depending on the family status, selected insurance program and other local taxation rules (employee contribution). In general, the net sum can be 30-40 % less of the total gross salary depending on the host organisation.