29. May 2019

PCCL: Researcher / PhD position: "Development and characterization of functional coatings for tribological applications"

The Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH (PCCL) is the leading Austrian center for cooperative research in the field of polymer technology and polymer science. In collaboration with companies in the polymer industry and numerous academic institutions, our around 100 highly-qualified employees jointly work in R&D projects on innovative polymer solutions for a wide range of applications, including the whole rubber composite process chain from the materials design, over processing to material characterization. We currently aim to strengthen our team and offer a

Researcher / PhD position:
„Development and characterization of functional coating for tribological applications”
(Job-ID: 20190524)


  • Development of new coatings with self-repair functions, targeted for tribological demanding
  • Screening, selection and functionalization of ceramic materials for plasma deposition
  • Definition and development of material and characterization concepts for wear-resistant
    coatings with additional functionality
  • Screening and selection of compatible and 3D printable polymer substrates
  • Characterization of physico-chemical, mechanical, tribological and morphology properties of
    selected coatings
  • Study of adhesion and interface properties of the new coatings on various 3D printed structures
  • Close cooperation with international project partners from industry and research and regular
    presentation of results
  • Communication of research results to the scientific community (e.g. papers in peer-reviewed
    journals, talks at national and international conferences)

Required skills:

  • Above average master’s degree in materials science, polymer engineering and science, polymer
    chemistry, or similar
  • Profound knowledge in material science and structured / independent way of working
  • Personal initiative, skills for self-organization and teamwork, effective communication skills
    with the ability to communicate with partner companies and research organizations
  • Language skills in English and at least basic skills in German advantageous

We offer:

  • Collaboration in a highly-motivated multi-disciplinary team with excellent contacts to industry
    as well as to national and international research organizations
  • Gross income € 2.929,- (for a classification as a PhD candidate; full-time employment, 14
    times a year)
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Possibility to perform a PhD thesis
  • Start of employment – August 2019


Please send your application (motivation letter, CV) along with copies of your certificates and diplomas to jobs@pccl.at, indicating the Job-ID 20190524 If you have any technical questions regarding the job advertisement, please contact Priv.-Doz. Dr. Sandra Schlögl (sandra.schloegl@pccl.at).

You will find further details in the job description.


Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH
Roseggerstraße 12
8700 Leoben
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