Netherlands: PhD in Bacteria-mediated Fabrication of Improved Biomaterials at Delft University of Technology

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Biomaterials in the natural world provide an abundant source of inspiration for the design and synthesis of novel, high-performance materials. Nacre, a biomineralised material lining seashells, has recently attracted high levels of interest due to its impressive material properties. This project will engineer bacteria to fabricate nacre-like material with controlled mechanical properties far superior to concrete, with the flexibility of nanopatterning and on-site production on irregular surfaces. Synthetic biology approaches will be utilised to create and optimise bacterial activity for enhanced material performance, and materials science tools will be applied to characterise the structural and mechanical properties of the novel material.

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Applicants should have a Master’s degree in biology, chemistry, physics, material sciences, or a related field, and enthusiasm for multidisciplinary approaches to understanding and engineering biological phenomena. The position will be for a fixed term of four years and is expected to result in a PhD. Good communication skills in English are required.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home (with a contract of two years or longer), and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Delft University of Technology strives to increase the number of women in higher academic positions; women are therefore especially encouraged to apply.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Anne S. Meyer, phone: +31 (0)15-2789249, To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, a letter of application and references by 31 October 2013 to Dr. Meyer,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWBN13-014.

Contract type: Temporary, 4 years


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Applied Sciences

A new Department of Bionanoscience has been established at TU Delft, dedicated to research at the interface between nanoscience, synthetic biology, and cell biology. It studies single cells in all their complexity down to the molecular level, from both fundamental scientific and application points of view. The new department operates as part of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at the Faculty of Applied Sciences and aims at a leading international position.

Additional information

Anne S. Meyer
+31 (0)15-2789249
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