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Position in polymer and organic chemistry - MSCA-ITN project ArtMoMa - Extended to Nov. 30

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    ChemistryOrganic chemistry
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    30/11/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    France › Strasbourg
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


SOPREMA is offering a full-time Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) position on the topic “Mechanical performances and sustainability of industrial polymers involving mechanical bonds”.

The “ArtMoMa” project is funded by the MARIE SKŁODOWSKA CURIE Innovative Training Network of the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission (https://artmoma-h2020.eu/). This 4-year project aims to reach new heights in the emerging field of artificial molecular machines and to train a new generation of visionary researchers capable of conducting high risk, high gain research. In this framework ArtMoMa will structure a training network for young researchers in the field of Artificial Molecular Machines. The consortium of 20 partners composed of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in 8 European countries will push the current scientific boundaries further and explore entirely new directions of fundamental research towards technologically relevant implementation by training 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). This will build a continuous stream of leading European scientists who will create further knowledge and innovations in the future, ranging from processes to products to services and resulting in economic growth and leadership in this field.

This PhD position will be based in Strasbourg at the Soprema R&D center (https://www.soprema-international.com/en/rd).


The selected ESR will work on how to access industrial polymers that would benefit of the presence of mechanical bonds to improve their properties in terms of responsiveness, lifetime, self-healing properties, and recyclability.

This industrial research project is built on the recent knowledge developed in the literature and consists in coupling rotaxane-based mechanical bonds with polymers. In particular based on polyurethane polymer backbones, that are used for many applications by the Soprema company, polymerisation and cross-linking by gliding rotaxane units will be performed to probe the effect of these mechanical bonds on the rheological properties of the bulk materials. During secondments at National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and University of Manchester, different synthetic strategies will be evaluated such as, for instance, a one-pot “polymerisation-mechanical bond formation” approach. By playing with binding stations, such as in bistable systems with possible actuations, the responsiveness of the materials to variable conditions will be also investigated. In addition, the possibility to incorporate additives on gliding rotaxanes such as plasticisers for enhanced duration of the materials will be studied. Furthermore, the chemistry to incorporate the macrocycles over the polymer backbones, or to connect side chains with mechanical bonds to reticulate the materials, will be designed to produce reversible binding / polymerisation modes. The idea behind will be to access self-healing and recyclable materials, an objective of major industrial importance for Soprema. The physical properties of the polymer chains and of the bulk materials will be studied over a wide range of length and time scales varying from nanometers to centimeters and from μs to hours. The functional properties of the polymer chains will be investigated by scattering methods (light, small-angle neutron, and X-rays through a secondment with CNRS on large instruments) in the nanometer- to micrometer- size range (structure and form factors analysis). Finally, extensive rheology experiments giving access to larger characteristic relaxation times (up to hours) and modulus will be performed to probe the real macroscopic response (centimeters) of the materials and link the phenomena at all scales. Self-healing and recyclability properties will be precisely investigated using the same protocols that for the pristine materials, and combined to accelerated aging tests to probe the sustainability of the materials in real applicative conditions.

The ESR will be supervised by Rémi PERRIN, R&D director of SOPREMA. Enquiries about this position can be made to the ArtMoMa network coordinator: giuseppone@unistra.fr


Key tasks for the ESR are:

  • To manage and carry out research projects

  • To attend and participate in research and training activities within the ArtMoMa network and local courses
  • To write articles for scientific peer reviews
  • To teach and disseminate research in the scientific community (international conferences) and non-scientific community, by outreach and public engagement
  • To be involved in departmental and group activities

More Information


The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. The generous financial package includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if eligible).

A career development plan will be prepared for each fellow in accordance with his/her supervisor and will include training, planned secondments and outreach activities in partner institutions of the network.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Nationality: Candidates may be of any nationality
  2. Qualification and research experience: The applicant must fulfil the requirements defined for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs): ESRs are researchers who at the date of recruitment have NOT yet been awarded the doctoral degree and are in the first 4 years (full time equivalent) of his/ her 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.
  3. Mobility: At the date of recruitment, the applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies etc.) in the host country for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Applicants for obtaining a PhD degree should hold a MSc degree (or equivalent) with good grades and good English skills. Applications from more experienced researchers who are close to obtaining a PhD in a relevant subject are also encouraged. As criteria for the assessment of your qualifications, emphasis will also be laid on relevant work experience and previous publications (if any).

Selection process

Pre-selection will be based on CV, experience, skills and motivation letter. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by an experience selection committee.

Applications should consist of the following documents:

  • A complete Curriculum Vitae
  • A motivation letter (1 page) addressing his/her research interests in relationship to the individual research project.
  • 2 references
  • University transcripts and other relevant certificates

Offer Requirements


We are looking for an outstanding highly motivated candidate with a strong academic record in chemistry. An excellent theoretical background as well as experience in organic and/or polymer chemistry are a prerequisite.


  • Master degree or equivalent in Chemistry
  • High proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Networking and communication skills, to be evaluated in the interview.
  • Excellent communication as well as organisational skills and are willing to engage an international, interdisciplinary collaborative research, workshops and secondments.

Candidates will be integrated in an international multi-disciplinary team. The candidate must therefore have excellent personal skills and be able to work in a team.

The position will be located in Strasbourg, France, including secondments to partner groups across Europe.

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

Starting date: January 2022

Application Deadline: November 15th 2021

Complete applications should be sent to the network coordinator: giuseppone@unistra.fr

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EURAXESS offer ID: 699337


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