21. April 2021

PCCL: Researcher position in the field of “Tribochemical evaluation and performance characterization of functional wear resistant coatings“

The Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH (PCCL) is the leading Austrian center for cooper-ative research in the field of polymer technology and polymer science. In collaboration with compa-nies in the polymer industry and numerous academic institutions, our around 120 highly-qualified employees jointly work in R&D projects on innovative polymer solutions for a wide range of applica-tions. By linking scientific knowledge to the industrial need for innovation PCCL contributes to the competitiveness of its industrial partners who cooperate on the basis of medium- and long-term R&D-projects with the PCCL. We currently aim to strengthen our team and offer a

Researcher position in the field of
“Tribochemical evaluation and performance characterization of functional wear resistant coatings“



  • Development of novel multi-layered wear-resistant coatings in close cooperation with other research institutes
  • Evaluation of the tribological performance on polymeric substrates and influence of ambient conditions (moisture, temperature, etc.)
  • Investigation surface and bulk properties of deposited coatings
  • Spectroscopic characterization (XPS, FT-IR, etc.) of surfaces before and after wear
  • Investigation of hardness, mechanical properties, adhesion of coatings and impact of the deposition parameters on substrate properties
  • Research on chemical modification of solid lubricants
  • Investigation of hybrid lubrication and liquid lubricants on wear resistant coatings
  • Prototype manufacturing and pre/post treatment of substrates and coatings
  • Regular reporting and close interaction with several industrial partners
  • Communication of results in meetings and at scientific conferences

Required skills

  • Above average master’s degree in chemistry, polymer chemistry, polymer engineering and science, materials science or similar fields
  • Profound knowledge in polymer engineering and science
  • Experience with tribological test methods and tribochemistry preferred
  • Structured and independent way of working and good organizational skills
  • Strong personal initiative and independent way of working
  • Self-organization skills and ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Effective communication skills with the ability to communicate with multiple partner companies and research organizations
  • Good language skills in English (written and spoken) and at least basic skills in German are 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 € 3.072,- (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 – Immediate

Please send your application (motivation letter, CV) along with copies of your certificates and diplomas to jobs@pccl.at, indicating the Job-ID 20210224A.

You will find further details in the job description.


Polymer Competence Center Leoben GmbH
Roseggerstraße 12
8700 Leoben
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