Assistant Professor Nanoparticle Design (Tenure Track) (V37.2907)

Assistant Professor Nanoparticle Design (Tenure Track)

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
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Job description

The assistant professor will be embedded in the Bio-Organic Chemistry group (SBC) headed by prof. dr. ir. Jan C.M. van Hest. The aim of the research conducted at SBC is to develop compartmentalization strategies to construct micro and nanocapsules, which can be applied in the areas of nanomedicine and artificial cell research. We design smart delivery vehicles that for example cross the blood brain barrier or are used in cancer therapy. We use nanoparticles as scaffolds for vaccine development. We construct capsules with life-like properties, such as metabolism, organelle-mimetic behavior and cell growth and motility. In our research we combine techniques from protein engineering, polymer chemistry and bioconjugation approaches to create particles with bioactive properties. 

The assistant professor Nanoparticle Design will focus on the development of methodologies to construct particles will well-defined morphologies. These particles will furthermore be functionalized in order to allow the introduction of life-like features. Furthermore, research will be conducted to attain a better understanding of the processes involving particle formation and shape change. These complementary activities will strengthen the knowledge base of SBC. The candidate has a thorough background in polymer synthesis, polymer self-assembly and shape transformation and is an expert in the application of different particle characterization techniques, such as dynamic and static light scattering techniques, nanoparticle tracking analysis, asymmetric flow field flow fractionation and (cryo) electron microscopy.

Tasks in Education
You are expected to contribute to theoretical and practical courses for undergraduate and graduate students in the education programs of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. You will participate in running courses, but are also encouraged to adapt existing courses or set up a new course in your specific field of interest. 

Tasks in Research
You should be an excellent scientist, with independent ideas, capable of working across disciplines and be competent in leading a research group in nanoparticle design. You should establish a high-profile own line of research with which high international exposure and reputation is reached after a term of four years. Guidance of PhD students and postdocs is highly relevant in this respect.

The research activities are complementary to the existing lines of investigation within SBC in the areas of nanomedicine and artificial cell research. Your research should be directed to obtaining a detailed understanding of the parameters that govern particle size and shape. To enable application in the biomedical field, emphasis should be put on the design and application of biodegradable polymer systems. The assistant professor will play an important role in enabling a strong position for the group in these upcoming areas.

Collaborations and research funding
Nanoparticle design is intrinsically multidisciplinary and provides a natural fit with other groups in the department and across departments (Voets/Tuinier/Esteves, physical chemistry of colloidal systems; Meijer/Palmans, nanoparticle design; Sommerdijk, nanoparticle characterization; Lyulin (Applied Physics) and Markvoort (Computational Biology). The areas of application provide also good opportunities for research funding in national programs (e.g. TTW, Open Competition) and EU-programs. Furthermore, the candidate can also pursue personal grants in the existing VI and ERC schemes.

Organizational activities
The assistant professor will contribute to the organizational and managerial activities in the group. These may include amongst others lab supervision, managing the technical staff, safety & health responsibilities. 

National embedding
The group as well as the department have strong connections to national forums like ARC CBBC, which are important for their networking function and research funding opportunities. Furthermore, the group participates in several other national programs, e.g. BacVactory and the FMS Gravitation program, which offer additional opportunities for collaborations.

Job requirements

Candidates should have a distinguished academic record, including a PhD degree in polymer science, nanoscience or a related field, the motivation to excel in scientific research, and a commitment to both undergraduate and graduate teaching in the highly interdisciplinary departments. Candidates having both suitable experience and qualifications have the possibility of being appointed to a temporary, tenure-track position. A positive evaluation at the end of the temporary tenure-track appointment will lead to a permanent appointment at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Conditions of employment

We offer you:

  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university;
  • a full-time appointment for a period of 4 years; when receiving a positive evaluation after 4 years, a permanent position will be available.
  • a gross monthly salary between € 3,427 and € 4,691 based on a full-time appointment and depending on experience and knowledge;
  • enrolment into a program to acquire an official teaching certification from Dutch Universities (Basic Qualification Teaching);
  • a yearly holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary;
  • a yearly end year allowance of 8.3% of the yearly salary;
  • a broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities).

Information and application

For information concerning the faculty position, please contact: J.C.M. van Hest, mail: More information about the University can be found at Personnel information can be obtained from Mrs. C.J.W. van Beijsterveldt, HR Advisor. Email: 

Please send your application via the apply-now button and up load a detailed curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a description of research and teaching experience, a short outline of planned research and teaching interests, and names of at least three references.
Please send your application before 5 May, 2017. 

Review of applications will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled.