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PhD position in computational biological and soft matter physics

PhD position in computational biological and soft matter physics

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Job description

We invite applications for a PhD position in theoretical/computational biological and soft matter physics at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. The position is part of a nation-wide research consortium on cancer metastasis, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with experimentalists.

Project description

The PhD project focuses on the active-matter physics of cancer metastasis. The aim of this project is to develop and apply new computational (coarse-grained) active-matter models for cell migration in complex biological environments, in order to shed light on the early stages of cancer metastasis. This project is part of a multidisciplinary NWO ENW-GROOT consortium, allowing for a unique collaboration with leading experts in experimental biophysics, cell biology, and cancer biology.

The project will be carried out in 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 Dr. Liesbeth Janssen and Prof. Kees Storm.

Job requirements

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Biophysics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, or a related subject. Experience with computer simulation methods and programming is an advantage. Affinity with biophysics, as well as good knowledge of spoken and written English, are essential.

Conditions of employment

We offer fixed-term, 4-year PhD positions 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 initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities;- Assistance with finding accommodation;
  •   - Free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).

Information and application


For more information, please contact Dr. Liesbeth Janssen directly at L.M.C.Janssen[at]


If interested, please send an application letter, CV, grade list and names and contact details of at least two academic references. Please note that you can upload 1 document of 10 MB. So if you have more than 1 document you will have to combine them.

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

Please send us your application by using the 'apply for this job'-button on the TU/e website.
Applications by e-mail are not accepted.