Research Fellow - Nanomaterials for wood coatings International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL Portugal

Ref.07.18.26 - Research Fellow - Nanomaterials for wood coatings

Employer: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)
Location: Braga, Portugal
Department: Micro and Nanofabrication
Group: Nanochemistry
Job Type: Full time
Contract Duration: 24 months
Closing Date: September 24th, 2018 23:00 (Lisbon time)
Salary: Competitive package and benefits


INL is seeking a talented and motivated Research Fellow to conduct an interesting research & innovation project led by Tintas Lacca S.A. paint manufacturer. The main goal of the project is to provide innovative solutions for interior and exterior coatings for wood and wood-based materials. The work will be conducted at the Nanochemistry Research Group of the Micro and Nanofabrication Department at the INL under the guidance of Dr. Juliana Sousa.

Job Role & Key Responsibilities

The successful candidate for this position will drive the design, synthesis, development, and testing of nanomaterial-containing formulations for innovative wood coatings. In this role, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing novel formulations that are designed to meet customer needs. In addition, she/he is expected to have vast experience in painting- oriented coatings and additives.

Job requirements

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • PhD in Chemistry, Polymer Science, Material Science, Chemical Engineering or Formulation Science;
  • Minimum of 3 years post-Ph.D. experience as a research chemist in coatings;
  • Strong background in polymer chemistry;
  • Working knowledge of materials and surface characterization techniques;
  • Solid knowledge in the development of fully formulated products;
  • Experience with nanomaterials and additives for industrial coatings is a plus;
  • Knowledge of the state-of-the-art wood coating technologies is a plus;
  • Capability of becoming a recognized expert in wood coatings;
  • Ability to publish original research in leading scientific journals;
  • Familiarity with intellectual property and the patenting process is a plus;
  • Strong literature and patent searching skills;
  • Knowledge of lab safety;
  • Knowledge of ISO 9001:2015 policies and guidelines is a plus.

Personal Skills

  • Strong drive to carry out research in the proposed topic;
  • Solid motivation to work both independently and as part of a team in an interdisciplinary project;
  • Good track record of disseminating research results.


English is the working language of INL. Therefore, excellent communication skills in English are required.

What we offer

  • Employment contract and competitive compensation package;
  • Employees will also benefit of the various social facilities available at INL;
  • International and highly competitive environment in contact with leading edge technology.

How to Apply

International candidates are welcome to apply. Only applications in English will be accepted. The application is made online. Please click on the 'Apply' button. Interested applicants should submit a motivation letter, a full curriculum vitae and University certificates. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Employment Agreement

If your application is successful and you accept our offer of employment, you will receive the employment agreement and all other relevant documents. If you are relocating, you will be given assistance by the HR Office.

If Your Application is Not Successful

We highly value the interest shown from applicants wishing to become a part of the INL experience. It is important for us to maintain good communications with candidates. No matter the outcome of the application, we always send the applicant an answer.

Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Principle

INL is an equal opportunity organization, committed to providing equal career opportunities and firmly adheres to a principle of non-discrimination in respect of gender, age, nationality, racial group, or any other possible discriminatory issues. 
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The advertisement deadline may be extended at any time without previous notice in order to improve the suitability and effectiveness of the recruitment process.

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