PhD-student: Shaping up materials

Date posted February 5, 2019
Type PhD positions

All around us, organisms are assembling three-dimensional mineral architectures with staggering complexity and sub-micron precision. Harnessing these principles for the bottom-up assembly has the potential to revolutionize our capabilities for synthesis of functional architectures and devices. In this PhD program, you will explore how the interplay of chemical reactions and crystallization processes can be used to precisely sculpt microsized architectures. Using a combination of top-down and bottom-up approaches, you will research fundamentally new strategies to create shapes according to an exact design. With this refined level of control, you can than explore the synthesis of functional microshapes and characterize how they can be applied to manipulate light or control chemical reactions.

About the group

Our group explores physical-chemical mechanisms that can sort, arrange and assemble building blocks from the molecular level up to the microscale We provide a highly collaborative environment, both within the group and the institute, and with our national and international collaborators. See: Self-Organizing Matter.


You have a strong background in chemistry, physics, materials science, or engineering with an interest in self-assembly phenomena. Ideally you have research experience in wet chemical synthesis, crystal growth, and optics, but also with training in any area of science or engineering you will be considered. You have, or will receive in the near future, an MSc degree. Good verbal and written communication skills in English are required.

Terms of employment

The position is intended as full-time (40 hours / week, 12 months / year) appointment in the service of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I) for the duration of four years. After successful completion of the PhD research a PhD degree will be granted at one of the universities in the Netherlands. Several courses are offered, specially developed for PhD-students. AMOLF assists any new foreign PhD-student with housing and visa applications and compensates their transport costs and furnishing expenses.

Contact info

Dr. Wim Noorduin
Group leader Self-Organizing Matter
Phone: +31 (0)20-754 7100

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– Curriculum vitae,
– A copy of the grade lists of your bachelor and master studies;
– Names and contact details of at least 2 academic references;
– Motivation on why you want to join the group (max. 1 page).
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