Postdoctoral researcher Machine Materials

Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics

Publication date
26 April 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€3,068 to €4,028 gross per month
Closing date
1 June 2017
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Machine Materials Laboratory at the institute of Physics of the University of Amsterdam is looking for excellent, highly motivated  postdoctoral research candidates who will unravel the physics of active structured materials.

Over the past few years, exciting progress has been made in the field of mechanical metamaterials. Harnessing nonlinear degrees of freedom arising in suitably designed microstructures, metamaterials could be programmed with specific mechanical tasks, such as negative stiffness, elastic hysteresis or programmable mechanics. So far, most of these developments have been made with passive -at equilibrium- materials.

The goal of this postdoctorate is to generalize these findings to create a new class of programmable, dynamical and active materials, called Machine Materials. Possible avenues, to be set in mutual agreement with the successful candidate, include electric, magnetic or osmotic actuation as well as frictional/viscous drag mechanical driving.

About the Laboratory

Our research lab focuses on the understanding of the physics of soft structured active materials. The goal is to develop the physics of Machine Materials, i.e. artificial materials which combine microstructure and out-of-equilibrium processes to interact with their environment in a programmable fashion. We benefit from an exceptional scientific environment of the Institute of Physics of the University of Amsterdam, with the very close proximity of the Soft Matter and Theoretical Condensed Matter groups.


You have:

  • a Ph.D. degree in physics, physical-chemistry or engineering;
  • a strong taste for combining experiments, numerical simulations and theory;
  • outstanding skills and record of achievements in at least two of these approaches;
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Further information


The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 3 years. The monthly gross salary will range between €3,068 and €4,028 (scale 10 according to the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities) based on a full-time appointment. We offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

Job application

Applications should be emailed to, with the position you are applying for and vacancy number 17-217 in the subject line.

All applications should include a curriculum vitae with publications, two recommendation letters and a single page maximum statement of motivation and research interests. Please make sure all your material is attached in only one pdf. 

No agencies please

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