The researcher will mainly focus on designing and preparing new generation eco-friendly fire retardants polymers and exploring their advanced applications, and will study at the high-performance polymer nanocomposites group at IMDEA.


Ref. num. 2024-DW-R1-166

Research assistant (Predoctoral researcher) for developing new generation fire retardant polymers and advanced applications

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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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In this study, the researcher will mainly focus on designing and preparing new generation eco-friendly fire retardants polymers and exploring their advanced applications in coatings, foams and structural composites. In details, the main research tasks include:

  • Design and synthesis high efficient eco-friendly flame retardants
  • Characterization of new flame retardants
  • Preparation of flame retardant polymers via incorporating synthesized flame retardants by using traditional polymer processing or reactive processing
  • Investigation of structural properties relationship of flame retardant polymers
  • Flame-retardant mechanisms
  • Exploring the potential applications of designed flame retardant polymers.

The candidate will acquire hands-on experience with chemical synthesis or polymeric materials. 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 master’s degree in Chemistry or Materials Science and Engineering or a related field/discipline and a strong commitment to developing scientific activity in an international and multidisciplinary environment.

Fluent English (written and oral) is needed.

Previous experience in chemistry synthesis 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.

The first contract is for 12 months and will be extended to another 36 months after passing the evaluation.

Online Application deadline: 15 July 2024.

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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