PhD in material organic chemistry
University of Vienna

PhD in material organic chemistry

United Kingdom 09 Apr 2021


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We are pleased to advertise 1 Early-Stage Researcher (PhD) position as part of the Innovative Training Network of the European Commission CHARISMA “Entrepreneuring CHEMICAL IRREVERSIBILITY TO PROTOTYPE RESPONSIVE SMART LABELS”. The position will allow the student to participate in an exciting programme comprising international schools, workshops, and secondments at academic as well as industrial partners (see the overview of the project below).

We reserve the right to close applications early should we receive a satisfactory number of applications.

Overview of the project and of the training offered to all Early Stage Researchers of CHARISMA

CHARISMA is a ITN European Industrial Doctorate (ITN-EID) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, promotes the concept of applied chemical irreversibility to engineer displays for smart labels applications. The EIDs provide training through doctoral research to talented early stage researchers (ESRs). Through 9 ESR research projects, CHARISMA will establish an intersectoral training and research programme at the chemistry/physics/engineering interface with partners from 5 European countries. CHARISMA ESRs will enrol on PhD degree programmes in a beneficiary organisation. The consortium brings together a unique team of world-leading academic groups and industry, at the forefront of plastic electronics. Through this team of experts, the ESRs will receive an intensive training in the field of organic chemistry and materials engineering, flexible smart materials/devices, photophysics and electrochemistry, solar-powered technologies and device engineering, with the final goal to shape prime industrial researchers that has been exposed to the development of an irreversible smart label technology. The position will be hosted at the following institutions:

  • LCR Hallcrest Ltd (LCR): 1 PhD position, ESR 5

For further Information: Dr. P. Marrec, email:

The CHARISMA consortium also includes the following beneficiaries: University of Vienna (Austria), Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (Portugal), Tampere University (Finland), Ynvisible (Germany). 

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the scientists in charge of the projects as soon as possible.

Available projects:

ESR5 (LCR, Flintshire): Development of materials that change their electrical conductivity at a specific temperature. A Master's degree in a field such as organic chemistry would be a suitable background for this position.

Additional information:

The successful candidates will receive a full-time employment contract as per Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers. The monthly salary will be confirmed upon offer by the institution, paid in the currency of the host country, and with a correction factor applied to the host country. Researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on family situation at the time of recruitment. Please visit the EU MSCA website or contact the local institutions (see contacts) for further information.

The ESRs will be enrolled in a vibrant PhD programme of leading academic and industrial researchers. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all ESRs will benefit from a dedicated training programme comprising an integrated curriculum of local and intensive network courses, schools, workshops and engagement with cutting-edge research.

Eligibility criteria:

There are strict eligibility requirements within Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. At the time of appointment, applicants:

  • MUST at the date of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. ‘Date of Recruitment’ means the first day of the employment of the researcher (i.e. contract starting date). ‘Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience’ is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctoral degree programme.
  • MUST NOT have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention1 are not taken into account.
  • It is a requirement that network ESRs have an ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English to a level that is sufficiently high for them to derive full benefit from the network training.

Application Process:

Applicants should email a cover letter, a CV, a short summary of the research accomplishments, and names of two references to: . In the Cover Letter please provide a brief motivation as to why you wish to become an ESR within CHARISMA. Failing to provide any of the above documents will make your application ineligible. Please be aware that your application will be reviewed by the CHARISMA committee, and your CV will may be shared with the named beneficiaries within the consortium, as part of the application review process, to ensure an open, transparent and merit-based recruitment.

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