Two PhD positions in solid-state NMR of microplastics

The Chair of Inorganic Chemistry III at the University of Bayreuth offers two Ph.D. positions for three years with possibility of extension by one year (salary of 50-67% E13 TV-L). We seek to fill the position at your earliest convenience. Both projects are part of the SFB 1357 “MICROPLASTICS - Understanding mechanisms and processes, biological effects, transport and formation: From model to complex systems as a basis for new approaches to solutions.”

The first project aims at developing an understanding for the formation of microplastics from macroscopic plastic parts and its further decay. A suit of plastics will be weathered by exposure to UV radiation, water and mechanical forces and will be analysed according to changes within structural, morphological and mechanical properties.
The second project aims at understanding adsorption processes of natural ingredients within aquatic environments like iron/aluminium hydroxides and humic acids on microplastic particles. Analytical techniques from aqueous and colloidal chemistry including solid-state NMR will be used to study interfaces and surface interactions.
For more detailed information on both projects, please visit the following link:

Candidates require a M.Sc. degree in chemistry, physics or material sciences, the ability to think analytically and the willingness to become involved in complex spectroscopic methods. We are looking for dynamic and open-minded personalities who enjoy working in an interdisciplinary team. Fluency in English is expected.
Our laboratory is part of the Northern Bavarian NMR Centre ( ) which is the largest NMR facility at a German University. It houses 15 state of the art NMR spectrometers (for both solid- and liquid-state NMR with field ranging from 300 MHz to 1.0 GHz). Additionally, we have access to a DNP 400 MHz spectrometer at the TU Darmstadt.

Please send informal enquiries and your full application (cover letter, CV and certificates) by e-mail to Prof. Dr. Jürgen Senker (