Apply now »PhD in Computational Design of Soft Materials
Faculty/Services: Faculty of Science
Educational level: Master
Function type: PhD position
Closing date: 7 April 2023
Vacancy number: 11260
Do you enjoy working in interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of physics, chemistry, and computational science? Are you interested in designing novel molecules and materials with responsive and tunable properties for sustainability and biomedicine? The Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) and the Informatics Institute (IvI) are looking for an ambitious PhD student to develop and apply an automated computational framework for the design of molecular and colloidal systems with living-like behavior. This research will be part of the Computational Soft Matter Lab.
Complex physicochemical processes can be understood in terms of free-energy landscapes, which map metastable states and pathways onto key system descriptors. These surfaces can be explored via advanced simulations; exploiting machine learning and data mining to find optimal descriptors and boost the sampling of functional dynamics. Most importantly, in silico we can sculpt the shape of these landscapes; reshaping valleys and channels by tuning internal or external system parameters. You will work on reverse-engineering materials at different scales and levels of complexity—e.g., from patchy particles to molecular crystals, to proteins—and collaborate with various computational and experimental groups on diverse applications for sustainability and health.
What are you going to do?
This project focuses on developing and applying a forefront computational framework for automated bottom-up design of responsive materials. You will:
Tasks and responsibilities:
What do you have to offer?
Your experience and profile:
A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years). The preferred starting date is September 2023. This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.
The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week will range from € 2,541.- in the first year to € 3,247.- (scale P) in the last year. This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling', may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.
Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:
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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 42,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.
The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.
The Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is one of eight institutes of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) Faculty of Science. HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. This is done in close cooperation with the chemical, flavor & food, medical and high-tech industries. Research is organized into four themes: Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Synthesis & Catalysis and Molecular Photonics.
The mission of the Informatics Institute (IvI) is to perform curiosity- driven and use-inspired fundamental research in Computer Science. The main research themes are Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science and Systems and Network Engineering. Our research involves complex information systems at large, with a focus on collaborative, data driven, computational and intelligent systems, all with a strong interactive component.
At the Computational Soft Matter Lab , we study soft materials that show complex features over a wide range of length and time scales. We aim to understand the emergent complexity of soft-matter systems by means of computational methods. Our interdisciplinary effort brings in advanced computational methods, theoretical physics and chemistry, as well as more recent data-driven methods. We collaborate tightly with several groups, including UvA's Computational Science Lab , Amsterdam Center for Multiscale Modeling , and experimental Soft Matter Group.
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If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 07 April 2023.
Applications should include the following information (all files besides your CV should be submitted in one single pdf file):
We will recruit until the position is filled and close the position when a suitable candidate is found.
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We will invite potential candidates for interviews as their applications are reviewed. The date and time will be indicated to the selected candidates via email.
The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.
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