PhD student on a project "Self-assembled microgels as rheology modifiers for formulation technologies" as part of MultiSMART

PhD student on a project "Self-assembled microgels as rheology modifiers for formulation technologies" as part of MultiSMART

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25 Apr 15 Aug Delft

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Job description

We seek an outstanding Doctoral Candidate to study Self-assembled microgels as rheology modifiers for formulation technologies. We are looking for candidates, without gender or nationality discrimination but with mobility requirement, with interest in supramolecular chemistry or physical chemistry of soft materials. Goals of the PhD project include the fabrication of hierarchically structured microgels by using a.o. microfluidic techniques, that mimic the structure and viscoelastic properties of biological tissues, and to explore the properties of these novel materials. In this challenging experimental project you will use a broad variety of spectroscopic, microscopic and material characterisation techniques, to study the physical chemistry of soft, hierarchically structured materials


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)



Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent

Chemical Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent 

Candidates having already a PhD degree are not eligible


ENGLISH: Very good to Excellent

  • Mobility requirements

The candidate must not have resided in the country of application for more than 12 months during the 36 months preceding the starting date of the contract.


Highly motivated and mobile candidates who have a Master degree should be attracted by a multidisciplinary project, with a high interest in inter-laboratory collaborations and mobility, as well as in promoting interaction between the academic and the private sectors. Communication skills will be important to favour exchange of knowledge with the other PhD students and perform public outreach activities

Conditions of employment

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Faculty Applied Sciences

With more than 1,000 employees, including 135 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,400 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we train students in broad Bachelor's and specialist Master's programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers and science communicators.

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  • Research, development, innovation
  • Natural sciences
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD03274


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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