PhD candidate in Soft Condensed Matter and Theoretical Physics

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Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2191 - € 2801 per maand

The Institute of Physics of the University of Amsterdam is looking for an excellent, highly motivated PhD candidate who will discover the physics of active architected materials.
While active fluids consisting of small self-propelling particles ...


The Institute of Physics of the University of Amsterdam is looking for an excellent, highly motivated PhD candidate who will discover the physics of active architected materials.

While active fluids consisting of small self-propelling particles have opened very recently a new domain in non-equilibrium physics, their solid counterparts remain completely unexplored. Driven solid architectures have many examples in living matter such as in our own tissues, where molecular motors stiffen and contract biopolymer networks, but their physics remains poorly explored. This project aims at tailoring artificial systems that combine activity and elastic architecture, and unraveling their emergent collective behaviour, e.g. locomotion, shape changes and unusual transport properties.

The project will combine microscopic and macroscopic scale experiments with numerical simulations: the PhD candidate will self-assemble, 3D print and simulate active architected materials, allowing him to bridge from the micron to the centimetre scale and probe the emergence of active elastic instabilities and nonlinear motion.

About the Laboratory

The research will be conducted in the experimental Soft Matter and theoretical Statistical Mechanics groups of the Institute of Physics. It will combine research on meta materials (Dr. Corentin Coulais), active colloidal assembly (Prof. Peter Schall), and network mechanics (Dr. Edan Lerner). Over the past few years, the PI’s have independently pioneered and developed the necessary ingredients of colloidal assembly control, 3D printing of metamaterials and simulations of driven elastic networks, which should be brought together in this project. This innovative project thus aims at combining and cross-fertilizing this wide range of expertise in order to discover the physics of active architected matter across scales.


You have a Master’s degree in physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry or a related field. You have a strong taste for combining experiments, numerical simulations and theory and you have outstanding skills in at least two of these approaches. You have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.


The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. The PhD candidate is also expected to assist in teaching of undergraduates.

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,191 in the first year to €2,801 in the last year. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO) is applicable.

Additional information

Applications for the position at the University of Amsterdam may only be submitted by sending your application to:

Please quote vacancy number 17-198 and the position you are applying for in the subject-line. Please make sure all your material is attached in only one pdf. All applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of university courses taken with grades, two recommendation letters and a single page maximum statement of motivation and research interests


With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad.

The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.

Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics (IoP) has three divisions: the Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA), the Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEF), and the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute for experimental physics (WZI).


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