PhD position Laser Micromachining of Polymers
School of Engineering FHNW, Institute of Polymer Nanotechnology
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Your tasks
At the Institute Polymer Nanotechnology (INKA) we are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic PhD student in the field of laser micro­machining of polymers. The PhD will be carried out in close collaboration with the Institute of Product and Production Engineering (IPPE) at FHNW, is embedded in the H2020 Marie Curie network project SIMPPER_MedDev (project ESR7) and officially enrolled at University College Dublin.
  • Using different ultrashort pulse laser sources, you will investigate the ablation physics of polymers in detail to enable the development of suitable technologies for texturing transparent polymers with high surface quality
  • For this purpose, you will develop the fundamental under­standing of process influencing variables, chemical and physical relationships and interactions to master and further develop laser micromachining of amorphous thermoplastics
  • You will analyze laser micromachining of high performance polymers to produce prototype tools for injection molding or hot stamping of functional samples
Your profile
You have a very good degree in mechanical engineering, materials science or plastics engineering with a strong flair for microstructured surfaces. You have a lot of initiative for working in a scientifically exciting and application-oriented environment, are creative and open-minded. In addition, you bring the following:
  • solid background in plastics engineering with hands-on experience in plastics processing and characterization
  • hands-on laboratory experience in the field of laser micromachining using ultrashort pulse lasers (ps, fs)
  • knowledge of functional surface structures and surface analysis with plastics is desirable
  • experience in project management is desired
  • fluent English (project-related communication), both written and spoken, is a prerequisite
  • German language skills (working language) are desirable, but not mandatory
  • independent working style, ability to work in a team and enthusiasm complete your profile
Your prospects:
Our working environment at the Brugg-Windisch campus, combined with a high degree of flexibility in terms of working hours and location, provides a contemporary framework for our work. At the School of Engineering, a culture of dialog is cultivated that is characterized by appreciation and trust. We consider short decision-making processes, a lean administration and great personal freedom to shape and act as important framework conditions for our success.
Your benefits:


Wide range of university sports

Cultural programme of lectures, concerts, theatre and films

Established implementation of equal pay

Thesis projects for the targeted promotion of doctorates

Annual working time (42 hours/week) with the option of part-time and teleworking

Mentoring programme for career development

Start Date: immediately.
Your workplace
Hochschule für Technik FHNW
Klosterzelgstrasse 2
5210 Windisch
Any questions?
About the position:

Prof. Dr. Magnus Kristiansen, Head of Institute , Contact: 41 56 202 73 86

About the recruiting process:

Alberto Tagliatti, HR Manager, Contact: +41 56 202 75 94

Will you soon belong to our team? We look forward to your application.
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