PhD candidate

PhD candidate

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28 Jul 26 Aug Leiden

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The Faculty of Science is looking for a PhD candidate

Job description

Colloidal particles are a powerful model system to investigate fundamental physics questions but also the basic building blocks to create designer materials with novel properties. Most structures built from colloidal particles are rigid and their material properties are therefore static. The aim of this PhD project is to use a new type of flexible bond to assembly materials that can change their shape and hence functionality, and control this shape-change by integrating active elements. Image analysis will be used to quantify the conformational changes and reveal exciting new physical phenomena of these active colloidal materials. 


Leiden University


  • MSc degree in Physics, Physical chemistry, or Material Science with an emphasis on physics;
  • Affinity for quantitative experimental work in soft matter;
  • Excellent grades and reference letters;
  • Team-work attitude.

Conditions of employment

We offer a position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities, and compatibility, the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary range from € 2,395.- to € 3,061.- gross per month (pay scale P, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science. Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Leiden University

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

Working at the Faculty of Science means being part of an exciting, dynamic scientific environment which sets high standards for its students, staff and support staff alike. The Faculty is known for its friendly and team-spirited atmosphere, which promotes mutual exchange of knowledge. For more information, see the website.


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • University graduate
  • 20-338



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