The research project is related to a nationally funded project. Post-doctoral research associate focused on the design and synthesis of novel eco-friendly flame retardants to polymers will fully work at the High-Performance Polymer Nanocomposites Group at IMDEA Materials Institute.


Ref. num. 2023-DW-R2-81

Post-doctoral research associate on Novel eco-friendly flame retardant polymers

IMDEA Materials Institute is a public research organization founded in 2007 by Madrid’s regional government to carry out research of excellence in Material Science and Engineering by attracting talent from all over the world to work in an international and multidisciplinary environment. IMDEA Materials has grown rapidly since its foundation and currently includes more than 120 researchers from 22 nationalities and has become one of the leading research centers in materials in Europe which has received the María de Maeztu seal of excellence from the Spanish government. The research activities have been focused on the areas of materials for transport, energy, and health care and the Institute has state-of-the-art facilities for processing, characterization and simulation of advanced materials.

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The candidate will work on i) the development of novel eco-friendly flame retardants, such as P-containing, N-containing, Si-containing, etc., high-performance flame retardants and ii) the study of fire behaviours and flame retardant mechanisms. It is open to any new idea from the candidate in order to achieve the final targets.

The candidate will acquire hands-on experience with the synthesis of flame retardants, including designing and characterizing halogen-free flame retardants, etc. The candidate will gain experience in fundamental and applied research in materials science, engineering, and high-performance polymers, opening perspectives in academia and industry.


Candidate should hold a PhD in Chemistry or Materials Science and Engineering or a related field/discipline with excellent academic credentials and a strong commitment to developing scientific activity in an international and multidisciplinary environment.

Fluent English (written and oral) is needed.

Previous experience in flame-retardant polymers and flame-retardant mechanisms will be highly appreciated and positively evaluated.


Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure the best consideration of their application. Screening of candidates will begin immediately. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an initial in-person interview or via Zoom, even before the closing date.

The post-doctoral contract is for 12 months. A renewal contract is possible.

Online Application deadline: 15 JULY 2023

Applications are processed upon reception. The position might be closed once ten working days have passed since publication, so we encourage early application.

The working language of the Institute is English. Full command of the English language is required in all positions.


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