PostDoc for Super-resolution microscopy of interactive polymer materials

PostDoc for Super-resolution microscopy of interactive polymer materials

Published Deadline Location
1 Nov 17 Dec Eindhoven
A vacancy is available for a post-doctoral research fellow in the field of super-resolution microscopy of interactive polymer materials at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), The Netherlands.

Job description

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is one of Europe's leading research universities. The Eindhoven area, in the southern part of the Netherlands, is one of Europe's top 'innovation ecosystems', with many high-tech companies and institutes. TU/e is intertwined with many of these companies and institutes, and research at TU/e is characterized by a combination of academic excellence, industrial relevance and societal interweaving.

Eindhoven University of Technology is a community of scientists, supporting staff, students and partners. People are the heart and soul of TU/e, so it is of great importance to safeguard the distinctive Eindhoven atmosphere, creating a personal, welcoming and vibrant environment that enables individuals and groups to grow professionally and personally.

The department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry is one of the nine departments of Eindhoven University of Technology. It was established in 1957, shortly after the university was founded. The department is located in the Helix and Matrix buildings on the TU/e campus. The candidate will closely collaborate with the department of Applied Physics, also located on the TU/e campus at walking distance.

The candidate will be employed on a project in the gravitation program 'Interactive Polymer Materials'. This large research program (~20 groups across different departments) brings together scientists that work on synthesis, characterization, and modelling of the next generation of polymer materials.

Within this program the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry (CE&C) and Applied Physics (AP) jointly seek a postdoctoral researcher that is able to work in a highly collaborative environment. This exciting opportunity involves the development of nanoscopy (super-resolution optical imaging) to characterize responsive materials. The candidate will have access to instruments for single-molecule localization microscopy, stimulated emission microscopy, and tip-enhanced optical imaging (visible, NIR, and IR). The project specifically focuses on liquid crystal polymers that exhibit shape-changing capabilities and other material property modifications in response to stimuli such as light, electric fields, and heat.

Research groups

The research team at CE&C (Human Interactive Materials) is headed by Danqing Liu and focuses on developing interactive materials to address the evolving needs in specialized medicine, man-machine communication, and miniaturized mechanics. By utilizing smart soft materials, we aim to bridge gaps in current technologies and create new specialized functions. These materials have the ability to adapt their shape, conform to confined and sensitive spaces, and provide their functional duty on location. Visit for more information.

The research team at AP (Molecular Plasmonics) is headed by Peter Zijlstra and develops approaches for nanoscale characterization of nanoscale materials such as nanoparticles and polymers. In particular, the research team employs single-molecule optical microscopy approaches including single-molecule fluorescence, super-resolution microscopy (e.g STED and PAINT) and atomic force microscopy. Correlative approaches are developed to study biomaterials on a broad range of length- and time-scales. Visit the group website for more information.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


  • PhD in physical chemistry or a related field, obtained within the last three years.
  • Proven expertise in using advanced optical microscopy (e.g. super-resolution imaging).
  • Programming and data analysis skills for processing and interpreting microscopy data.
  • Affinity with materials synthesis, processing, and characterization, preferably in the area of polymers or liquid crystals.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills, demonstrated through publications in reputable scientific journals and presentations at conferences.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary research environment and engage in cross-departmental collaborations.

Conditions of employment

We offer a challenging job in a highly motivated team at a dynamic and ambitious university. You will work with innovative analytic equipment and you will be part of a highly profiled multidisciplinary collaboration where expertise of a variety of disciplines comes together.

The TU/e is located in one of the smartest regions of the world en part of the European technology hotspot 'Brainport Eindhoven'; well-known because of many high-tech industries and start-ups. A place to be for talented scientists!
  • Salary in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale 10 (min. €3,877 max. €5,090).
  • We offer a two-years contract, with the possibility of extension to three years.
  • 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

More information

Further information about the research groups is available at and at
More information about Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the department of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry is available at

For more detailed information about this vacancy, you can contact dr. Danqing Liu e-mail: d.liu1[at]

Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact Ms. P.J. van de Weijer, HR-advisor, p.j.v.d.weijer[at]

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


Please send your application via the apply-now button and upload a motivation letter, curriculum vitae (including contact details of at least two references), a list of BSc and MSc courses and grades.

Candidates possessing both suitable experience and qualifications are invited to apply.

Review of applications will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled. You can upload a maximum of 5 documents of up to 2MB each. Only applications that are submitted in this way are taken into account.


  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • V37.7043


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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Make sure to apply no later than 17 Dec 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).