Opportunities

We are a collaborative research team and looking for people with deep scientific foundations, great interpersonal and communication skills, and a drive for excellence. These characteristics and a strong work ethic are the key to excelling in our environment.

Research projects in the following areas are available for PhD candidates and postdoctoral scholars.

  • Biological recognition and crystal growth of metal nanostructures, apatites, and biominerals
  • Biomimetic assembly and reactivity of designed nano-alloys for catalysts
  • Corrosion-resistant alloys: Understanding the atomic scale structure and oxidation in spatial and temporal dimensions
  • Low-density polyacrylonitrile-carbon nanotube composites and carbon nanofibers: Understanding structural, thermal, mechanical, and processing properties for ultrahigh performance
  • Understanding protein-surface interactions in bone and teeth, biological calcification (coronary calcification), nanoparticle-tissue interactions, osteoporosis drugs, and improved dental ceramics
  • Nanoscale design of building materials: mineral-aqueous interactions, role of polymeric additives and grinding aids
  • Development of the INTERFACE force field: extensions for quantum dots, organic semiconductors, layered materials; development of a user-friendly graphical interface for a comprehensive surface model database and generation of biological-inorganic simulation input (programming skills essential)
  • Biological recognition, swelling, and electrical properties of layered nanomaterials containing titanates, MoS2, and graphene
 PhD Studentships  Postdoctoral Positions
Background
We welcome PhD candidates in the ChBE and MSE programs as well as students seeking PhD degrees in Chemistry and Physics. Candidates should have a first or upper-second class degree (or equivalent) in chemical/biomedical engineering, chemistry, materials science, or condensed matter physics. Motivation to solve a scientifically challenging problem and develop suitable modeling tools is essential. Previous experience in a research project and familiarity with at least one programming language would be a plus. The stipend ranges from $27,000 to $35,000 per year.

Application Procedure
Please review the minimum admission requirements here for ChBE, MSE, Chemistry, or Physics (transcripts of all grades, CV, TOEFL, GRE, two or three references). Email your full application directly to the graduate school or, without references, to heinz-positions@outlook.com for initial feedback (monthly review). Your full application(s) must pass evaluation by the graduate school.

Application Procedure
Application materials for post-docs include: (1) a CV, (2) a brief summary of previous and ongoing research (up to 3 pages including Figures), (3) a brief summary of your research interests (up to two pages), (4) a publication list (published papers, citation data, talks, patents etc), (5) your representative publications: three papers, (6) a list of three references (postal and e-mail address, and tel/fax number). Please send your full application to heinz-positions@outlook.com to ensure full consideration (monthly review). Informal inquiries can be made with Hendrik Heinz.
Undergraduate students and M. S. students are welcome for projects.
Please stop by to discuss possible projects or send an e-mail to Hendrik Heinz.