Postdoctoral researcher in Topological Active Metamaterials

Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics

Publication date
6 June 2018
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,588 to €4,084 gross per month
Closing date
15 June 2018
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Institute of Physics (IoP) of the Faculty of Science (FNWI) combines the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute (WZI), the Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITF) and the Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEF) and is one of the large research institutes of the faculty. A three-year postdoctoral position is available jointly in the groups of dr Corentin Coulais and dr Jasper van Wezel, with the aim of investigating the physics of topological active metamaterials, both experimentally and theoretically.

Project description

We seek an exceptional candidate with a background in physics, applied mathematics, engineering or related field, and with a strong taste for combining experimental, computational and theoretical approaches. The following areas of expertise are particularly welcome. On the experimental and numerical sides: rapid prototyping, mechanical testing, control / automation / robotics, image processing, data mining and computer programming (Python, Matlab, or equivalent). And as theoretical background: condensed matter theory, topological phases of matter, nonlinear physics and mechanics. Recently graduated PhD candidates and graduate students in their last year of studies are especially welcomed to apply.


  • PhD degree in Physics;
  • the ability to work independently as well as in a team;
  • good communication skills (English).

Further information

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The full-time appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of three years. The monthly gross salary will range between €2,588 and €4,084 (scale 10), based on a full-time appointment. We offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.​

Job application

The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

You may apply using the link below. All applications should include a motivation letter and an extensive CV. You will also need to provide contact details for 2 referees (please include these in your CV). Review of applications will take place on a rolling basis and will continue until the position is filled. The closing date is 15 June 2018. #LI-DNP

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