Netherlands: 2 Postdoctoral Researchers in Soft Matter Science in Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group at Wageningen University and Research centre

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We are looking for two postdoctoral researchers:

Project 1: The microscopic origin of adhesion
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is a powerful technique to measure the strength of single bonds and rupture dynamics. We have recently used AFM to directly measure the strength of ionic bonds between hydrated charges and proposed a molecular rupture model (Spruijt, et al. ACS Nano 6 (2012) 5297-5303). Such detailed knowledge of individual interactions is essential for understanding the complex mechanisms involved in macroscopic processes. In this project we will use single-molecule force experiments to study the nature of multiple types of interactions. Ultimately we want to relate the single molecule behavior to the macroscopic mechanical properties of the systems. The ideal candidate would have research experience with atomic force measurements.

Project 2: Biomolecule and semiconducting polymer conjugates
In this project we aim to explore biocomposite block copolymers of conjugated polymers and biopolymers and the use of enzymatic degradation strategies to structure organic semiconducting materials. Expertise in click chemistry, polymer chemistry and/or peptide synthesis is a pre.


For these positions we request outstanding experimentalists with a PhD degree in chemistry, physics, material science or a related field and with a strong drive to excel in a competitive international environment. A good command of the English language is required.

Conditions of employment

We offer a temporary position with an average working time of 38 hours per week for the period of 1 year with the possibility of extension. Gross salary € 3831,- maximum per month. We not only offer a competitive salary but also good (study) leave and a pension of the ABP Pension Fund.

Contract type: Temporary, Onbekend


Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group

Research in the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science (
deals with the physics and chemistry of matter at nanoscales: macromolecules, colloidal particles, micelles, thin films and interfaces; we focus on applications in life sciences. Currently, the Laboratory comprises about 45 people of which 13 are permanent scientific staff, and about 25 are PhD students.

The Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group is part of Wageningen UR where fundamental and applied sciences complement each other. As an important European player, we carry out top-level research and work alongside authoritative partners within the international business world as well as the government on “Healthy food in a biobased society”. We have a crucial role in innovations within the market. Entrepreneurship and professionalism are what define us. In short, we are an interesting, international employer of stature.

Wageningen University and Research centre
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That’s our focus – each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 6,500 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

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