University Project Assistant/ PhD Position (m/f/d) at the Institute of Chemical Engineering

Technische Universität Graz
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published on Sep 15, 2021 09:45 AM

40 hours per week, available from December 2021, for 3 years, at the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology

Polymers play an important role in all facets of daily life. This way polymers are applied as drug delivery systems or as encapsulation of sensitive products as electronica. In both cases the absorption of solvent plays a decisive role. In recent years the research has focused on strong swelling polymer networks as hydrogels with an increasing vol-ume during swelling. On the other hand, hardly swelling networks were almost not considered. But the knowledge of fluid absorption is essential for the design of long living electronics in the sense of a circular economy.


The work will be realized in form of the project ModKap funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG). Hereby, the knowledge on the permeation of solvent in polymer encapsulations will be deepened. The following point will be analysed:

  • Establishment of a data bank on solvent absorption in different polymers
  • Development of a method to predict solvent absorption
  • Coupling of mass and heat transfer
  • Simulation of diffusion in electronica

The first point is mainly experimental driven; whereas is the experimental setup was mainly build in a previous work. The project focuses mainly on the simulation of the diffusion and how its influenced by process parameters. The simulation tool will developed in this project. Meaning model development and its simulation is important.



  • Completed Master's or diploma studies in process engineering, chemistry, physics, maths or similar
  • Very good programmer skills (C++) and math
  • English in written and oral manner
  • Willingness to learn German



  • Interesting area of responsibility
  • Excellent work-life balance (flexible working schedule)
  • University’s sports program
  • Exciting opportunities for professional and personal development
  • Public transport subsidy
  • Workplace Health Management
  • Wide range of food on campus
  • Shopping Discounts


We offer an annual gross salary on a full-time basis of at least € 41,601, overpayment possible depending on qualifications and experience. Graz University of Technology aims to increase the proportion of women and therefore qualified female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. Graz University of Technology actively promotes diversity and equal opportunities. People with disabilities and who have the relevant qualifications are expressly invited to apply.


We look forward to your complete application (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, references, further documents) to

Graz University of Technology
Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology
Univ.Prof Dr.-Ing. habil. Tim Zeiner
Inffeldgasse 25/C, 8010 Graz
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Employment type
full time
Start of work
Dec 01, 2021
Fixed term
3 Jahre
2,971.5 EUR / month
Hours per week
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Univ.Prof Dr.-Ing. habil. Tim Zeiner
Technische Universität Graz
8010 Graz