PhD position in theoretical/computational polymer physics

PhD position in theoretical/computational polymer physics

Published Deadline Location
9 Jul 6 Sep Eindhoven

Job description

Project description

You will develop theoretical and computational models accounting for the structural and mechanical behaviour of vitrimers, a novel class of polymer materials that inherit unique functionality from dynamic, exchangeable crosslinkers. You will focus on predictive modeling of the mechanical performance provided by different exchange mechanisms, based on experimental results gathered from the different partners of the consortium. The main focus will be to understand the link between structure, microscopic relaxation dynamics, and (bulk) mechanical properties for given exchange mechanisms.

The project will be carried out in the Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter group at the Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. The project will be done under the supervision of profs. Wouter Ellenbroek, Liesbeth Janssen and Cornelis Storm.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a related subject. Experience with computer simulation methods, programming and polymer physics is an advantage. Good command of the English language, spoken and written, is essential.

This International Training Network is explicitly intended to promote international mobility of young researchers. A strict condition of eligibility is therefore that the candidate has not resided in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date, and has not carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands during this same period.

Conditions of employment

To the selected candidate, we offer a fixed-term, 4-year PhD position at Eindhoven University of Technology, a dynamic and ambitious university in the heart of the Dutch high-tech industry. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities, including:
- A gross monthly salary between EUR 2395 (first year) and EUR 3061 (last year);
- Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary;
- A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes;
- Family-friendly amenities, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus child (day)care and sports facilities;
- Assistance with finding accommodation;
- Free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).

Additional information


For more information, please contact prof. Cornelis Storm directly at c.storm[at]


Please apply for this position via the Vitrimat portal. You may access the website for this position at; from there download the application package from the "How To Apply" section in the 'Recruitment' pull-down menu. Screening of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V34.4543


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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Application procedure

Application procedure

Make sure to apply no later than 6 Sep 2020 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).