Postdoc In photoresponsive polymers for application in retinal implants

Postdoc In photoresponsive polymers for application in retinal implants

Published Deadline Location
13 Oct 30 Nov Eindhoven
Are you fascinated by how polymer science can help to solve one of the main challenging issues in health? Do you like to work in a multidisciplinary team? In this project you will construct photoswitchable polymers that are key to creating devices that can restore eyesight.

Job description

Loss of eyesight is a terrible disease that is still very difficult to treat. Often, not the entire function of the eye is lost; the nerve cells are still operational but the light signals are not passed on efficiently. If communication between the cone and rod cells with the nerve cells in the retina therefore is restored, the function of the eye can be recovered. This communication is performed via the exchange of small molecules such as glutamate. In the multidisciplinary FET Open project HYVIS (, ) we aim to achieve this restoration of communication using an implantable device on the retina. We need you to develop one of the crucial aspects of this device, namely a polymer that responds to light and thereby opens or closes nanopores from which glutamate can be released. You are an excellent polymer chemist, with also affinity for organic chemistry, engineering and device development. You are creative and independent, and highly motivated by scientific challenges. Furthermore, you are part of an international team of interdisciplinary researchers, and you therefore have excellent communication skills and team playing capacity.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • Motivated researcher, with a PhD in polymer research, or a comparable domain.
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, reflected in demonstratable outputs.
  • A team player who enjoys coaching PhD and Master's students and working in a dynamic, interdisciplinary team.
  • A proven ability to manage complex projects to completion on schedule.
  • Excellent (written and verbal) proficiency in English, good communication and leadership skills.

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
  • Full-time employment for 2 years.
  • Salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale 10.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • Partially paid parental leave and an allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A TU/e Postdoc Association that helps you to build a stronger and broader academic and personal network, and offers tailored support, training and workshops.
  • A Staff Immigration Team is available for international candidates, as are a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) and a compensation for moving expenses.

Additional information

About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
Please contact the hiring manager Prof. dr. Jan van Hest, j.c.m.v.hest[at]

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact Sascha Sanchez, HR advisor, s.j.m.g.sanchez.van.oort[at] or +31 40 247 7310.

Are you inspired and would like to know more about working at TU/e? Please visit our career page.


We invite you to submit a complete application using the apply-button.
The application should include a:
  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • List of five self-selected 'best publications'.

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • V50.6016


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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Make sure to apply no later than 30 Nov 2022 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).