Postdoc The physics of antifreeze proteins (V37.2892)

Postdoc The physics of antifreeze proteins

(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
Graduate Programs
Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
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Job description

Project description
Crystallization of water into ice is lethal to most organisms and detrimental to many soft materials. Freeze-avoidant fish living in polar seas evolved to tackle this problem with an unusual coping strategy. They produce ‘antifreeze’ proteins that block the growth of embryonic ice crystals within a narrow temperature range known as the ‘thermal hysteresis gap’ enabling survival under extreme conditions. In this project you will design and implement single molecule imaging methods to unravel how antifreeze proteins work and to better understand the functionality of biomimetic polymeric antifreezes developed for materials science and biomedical applications.

Job requirements

We seek highly talented, motivated, and enthusiastic candidates with a PhD degree in Biophysics, Biological Soft Matter, Bionanotechnology, (Bio)Physical Chemistry, Molecular (Life) Sciences, or related discipline. The successful candidate has experience with single molecule imaging and/or force spectroscopy and protein biophysics; knowledge of crystallization and microfluidics is preferred. Furthermore, good communication skills, fluency in English, and a strong motivation to do original, fundamental research in an interdisciplinary team are essential. An interview and a scientific presentation are part of the selection process.

Conditions of employment

We offer a challenging job (for 2 years) in a dynamic and ambitious, multidisciplinary research team at the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) at Eindhoven University of Technology. Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU). Besides this the TU/e has holiday- and end-of the year allowances, we offer an attractive package of fringe benefits (including excellent work facilities, child care and sport facilities) and we can help you find accommodation.
The candidate is expected to disseminate the results through high-impact publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international conferences.

Information and application

Additional information
For more information please visit or contact Dr. Ilja voets +31 (0)40 247 5303 /
Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Arianne Boekema, HR advisor, email:
Further information about Eindhoven University of Technology and the department of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry can be found at

Application Procedure
Please send your application via the apply-now button. To ensure consideration, your application should include the following documents (in PDF format):

•An application letter that outlines your qualification, interest and motivation for this position

•A CV with details on education, employment, publications, and research experience, as well as contact information for at least two referees.

Please send your application documents before June 29th, 2017.
Review of applications will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled.