PhD candidate in Soft Condensed Matter Physics

Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics

Publication date
5 April 2017
Level of education
Master's degree
Salary indication
€2,191 to €2,801 gross per month
Closing date
1 June 2017
Hours
38 hours per week
Vacancy number
17-157

The Machine Materials Laboratory at the Institute of Physics of the University of Amsterdam is looking for excellent, highly motivated PhD candidates who will unravel the physics of active structured materials.

Over the past few years, exciting progress has been made in the field of mechanical metamaterials. Harnessing nonlinear degrees of freedom arising in suitably designed microstructures, metamaterials could be programmed with specific mechanical tasks, such as negative stiffness, elastic hysteresis or programmable mechanics. So far, most of these developments have been made with passive - at equilibrium - materials.

The goal of this PhD project is to generalize these findings to create a new class of programmable, dynamical and active materials, called Machine Materials. To do this, the idea is to set the grounds of nonlinear osmomechanics, which combines swelling and nonlinear elasticity within metagels, i.e. architected hydrogels under osmotic shock.

About the Laboratory

Our research lab focuses on the understanding of the physics of soft structured active materials. The goal is to develop the physics of Machine Materials, i.e. artificial materials which combine microstructure and out-of-equilibrium processes to interact with their environment in a programmable fashion. We are part of the Soft Matter Group, located at the Institute of Physics of the University of Amsterdam.

Project description

The goal of this PhD project is to generalize these findings to create a new class of programmable, dynamical and active materials, called Machine Materials. To do this, the idea is to set the grounds of nonlinear osmomechanics, which combines swelling and nonlinear elasticity within metagels, i.e. architected hydrogels under osmotic shock.

Requirements

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.

Further information

Appointment

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 Employment Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities is applicable. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable. 

Job application

Applications should be emailed to application-science@uva.nl, with in the subject line the position you are applying for and vacancy number 17-157. 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. #LI-DNP

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