POSTDOC LIGNIN DERIVED POLYMERS - in collaboration with SCION (NewZealand)

Belgium and New Zealand
A competitive salary with a range of benefits.
Dec 10, 2018
Jan 09, 2019
Job Type
Full time
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship for a polymer chemist to engage in an international research collaboration.
  • We want to give you the opportunity to research novel high performance polymeric materials derived from lignin.
  • Full time, two year, fixed term position, based in Mol, Belgium and Rotorua, New Zealand.

VITO (Belgium) and Scion (New Zealand) seek a skilled and enthusiastic polymer chemist to investigate the synthesis and performance of novel thermoplastic and thermoset polymers derived from depolymerised lignins. The project will involve aspects of lignin depolymerisation, lignin model compound synthesis using enzymes, polymer synthesis and characterisation, and materials property testing. Optionally the candidate will have research experience in biocatalysis and/or organic chemistry with a track record of publication in international journals.

The Postdoctoral fellow will undertake research work both in Belgium and New Zealand (2 x 6 months) supported by expertise in enzymatic catalysis, lignin and biopolymer chemistry, and materials science at VITO and Scion. This unique opportunity will provide you with internationally recognised skills and knowledge in the field of biopolymer processing for value-added biomaterials that will advance your research career.


  • PhD in polymer chemistry
  • Optionally experience in biocatalysis and/or organic chemistry with a track record of publication in international journals


  • Fulltime position, fixed term contract of 2 years.
  • A competitive salary with a range of benefits including allowances, insurances and an adjustable holiday package.
  • Flexible working hours and workplace.
  • Innovation is our core asset, therefore it goes without saying that we give our employees the opportunity to undertake additional training and keep up to date in their field of expertise.
  • The chance to be part of an organisation with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy.
  • The possibility to actively contribute towards sustainable developments at local, national and global level.


VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (, is an independent research organisation with a staff of approximately 760 employees. It implements customer-oriented research and develops innovative products and processes for both the public and private sector in the areas of chemistry, materials, environment, energy and health. The multidisciplinary skills and technological know-how of VITO’s employees make this organisation a crossroads of research & development, where state-of-the-art technologies are successfully blended into practical applications.

Scion, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, is committed to enhancing the environmental and economic transformation of New Zealand, working towards a more sustainable, bio-based future. With more than 60 years of heritage in forestry science, Scion today demonstrates national leadership, world-class innovation and excellence in research and development. Scion’s head office is located in Rotorua, at the edge of the world-famous Whakarewarewa Forest. This location is close to lakes, forests, geothermal areas, beaches and volcanic ski-fields making it a great working environment with many opportunities to balance work with other things that are important in life.