Postdoctoral research associate at the Centre for functional and surface functionalized glasses

Trenčianska univerzita Alexandra Dubčeka v Trenčíne

Place of work
Študentská 2, Trenčín
Contract type

Information about the position

Job description, responsibilities and duties

There is immediate openings for position of postdoctoral research associate in the newly established Centre for functional and surface functionalized glasses at the Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, Slovakia, funded from the H2020 framework programme project. The appointment is for at least three years with possible extension of the contract until 12/2023 dependent upon research progress and quality of the scientific outputs. Position is open immediately upon completion of recruitment process and later start is negotiable. Salary will be commensurate with experience, training, and qualifications, in line with the rules of the European Commission on personal costs in the frame of the H2020 projects.

The position involves:
- Fundamental and applied research in the area of functional glasses, coatings on glass surfaces, glass-related biomaterials or glass processing and characterization, in line with the areas of research defined in the project application,
- Active searching for research funding for the research programmes pursued in the centre,
- Research collaboration with industrial partners,
- Long term research and training visit at project partner institution/ or other leading European and world glass/materials research institution.

Information about the selection process

Interested and qualified persons should submit (in English):
- Their professional CV,
- A copy of PhD certificate,
- A list of publications and research projects,
- A letter describing their background and specific experience and capabilities pertaining to their research activities,
- copies of three first author recent publications,
- The name, address, and e-mail address of at least one reference.
- The criminal record - in case of successful completion of the tender.

Application with required documents should be sent to the address: Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, OPaM, Študentská 2, 911 50 Trenčín, Slovakia and also by e-mail to: until 03.07.2017. Please, mark the envelope by “Funglass”.

Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.

Requirements for the employee

Candidates with education suit the position

Postgraduate (Doctorate)

Educational Specialization

Glass Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Biochemistry, Biology or a closely allied field

Language skills

English - Advanced (C1)

Personality requirements and skills

Qualification requirements:
- A Ph. D. in Glass Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Biochemistry, Biology or a closely allied field,
- A background in one of the fields including synthesis, processing, development and characterization of materials, preferably glasses with specific functional (optical, electric, magnetic, etc.) properties, glass-based biomaterials (evaluation of bioactivity/ bioresorbability, study of up/down-regulation of genes, evaluation of bactericidal/fungicide properties, etc.) coatings, processing and characterization of glass or ceramics (electrochemical evaluation, testing of mechanical properties, evaluation of corrosion, etc.)
- Good command of English (at least C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference).


Brief description of the company

Centre for functional and surface-functionalized glasses (acronym FunGlass) is newly created centre of excellence in the framework of Horizon 2020 project - Spreading the excellence and widening participation (H2020-WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017-TeamingPhase2; Topic WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017 Teaming Phase 2, project number 739566). Its establishment is based on upgrade of the existing Centre of excellence for ceramics, glass and silicate materials (CEKSiM, created in 2012).
The Centre is created in cooperation with the project partners´ institutions and their leading experts in glass science and technology in Europe, namely (in alphabetical order) prof. Bernardo from the Universita degli Studi di Padova (Italy), prof. Boccaccini from the Friedrich – Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany), prof. Durán from the Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio Madrid (Spain), and prof. Wondraczek from the Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena (Germany).
The ambition of the FunGlass is to be an internationally recognized centre of excellence of research in the field of glass-based functional materials. Apart from research activities perfomed directly by glass producers, the present CEKSiM is the only research unit in the Slovak Republic dealing with the research and innovation activities related to the needs of local and regional glass industry. The centre is also active in the field of development and characterization of new types of functional glasses with luminescent properties, replacement of rare earth elements by transition metals in inorganic glass based phosphors, research related to vitrification and immobilization of radioactive waste, and glass-fibres based insulation for nuclear-power plants. Key activities of the Centre include training and applied research to tap into a local know-how in development of the competitive advantage of the region by training skilled research personnel and by pursuing opportunities to establish partnership with regional and EU glass industries and international networking.

Number of employees

250-499 employees

Company address

Trenčianska univerzita Alexandra Dubčeka v Trenčíne
Študentská 2
ID: 3106309   Megjelentetés dátuma: 2017.06.19.