Tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor Non-equilibrium Soft Matter

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April 5, 2019
Location Wageningen
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We are looking for

Are you a scientist with with a strong established track record in experimental soft matter or biophysics? Are you able to attract funding and do you have an excellent publication record?
Then this role is the right fit for you.
We are looking for a Tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor - Non-equilibrium Soft Matter
You will build a research group in the field of non-equilibrium and /or active soft materials. We seek a candidate with a strong established track record in experimental soft matter or biophysics, who is scientifically excellent, as proven by an excellent publication record, and capable to attract funding. You will combine an understanding of non-equilibrium physics with an affinity for molecular systems and/or biology. Possible areas of expertise may include (but are not limited to) active (molecular) materials, non-equilibrium physics in soft matter or biology, quantitative method development and non-equilibrium mechanics. You will develop your own research line, attract research funds for this, and build up a leading international position. As a teacher, you will guide and motivate our students – both at introductory and more advanced levels - and develop new courses.

We ask

You are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist. You are a great teammate, devoted to research and education. To further strengthen our group, your profile should signal:
• a successfully completed academic study in physical chemistry, (bio)physics, chemical engineering, or comparable discipline (MSc level, recognized in the Netherlands)
• a PhD in soft matter chemistry or physics or a comparable discipline
• knowledge and expertise in polymer science, colloids, soft matter
• outstanding research achievements and an excellent track record of publications in leading journals
• experience with management of complex projects
• experience with acquisition of research funding, as shown for example by awarded scholarships or grants
• an (international) network and the communication skills required for competitive (international) project acquisition
• didactic qualities and enthusiasm for teaching and working with students
• the ambition to develop to full professor in a Tenure Track system.

We offer

Tenure Track is a career path for  scientists who pursue to excel in education and research. We seek to attract scientific talent and to stimulate and support their development. The career path consists of a number of successive career steps from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor to possibly Personal Professor. Excellent performance and seniority can be rewarded with an appointment as Associate Professor. For additional information please visit
We offer a temporary 7 year contract for 38 hours per week (fulltime), which can lead to a permanent employment contract. The monthly salary depends on your work experience & expertise and is based on a fulltime (38 hrs) job in according to the Collective Labour Agreement. You also have the opportunity to work 40 hours a week with additional holidays.
In addition we offer

  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% fixed-year allowance
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary working conditions;
  • in consultation with colleagues flexible working hours and vacations can be settled so that an optimal balance between work and private is possible;
  • An excellent pension scheme via ABP;
  • 232 holiday hours, the ability to purchase and good supplementary leave arrangements and an individualized model to compose part of your working conditions and a bicycle plan;
  • You can make use of the sports facilities available on campus against a reduced fee

More information

For more information about this position, please contact dr. Jasper van der Gucht (chair), via telephone number +31 317 483066 or via For additional information about the process feel free to call Jacqueline Huisman, Sr Corporate Recruiter a.i., tel +31(0) 621 563413.

You are welcome and encouraged to apply via the button on top of this page until May 31st 2019. In your application, please include your vision about research and education in the Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter field (max. 2 pages).

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We are

You will be a member of the chair group Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter of Wageningen University, which is an active and internationally oriented group of researchers. Keywords that characterise the style of working are: freedom to explore own initiatives, working in a team (mutual coaching), open-door-communications, experiments supported by theory. The group offers expertise in colloids, inhomogeneous polymer systems including self-consistent field modelling, self-assembly of amphiphiles including lipids and (bio)polymers (employing various mechanisms of assembly) and non-linear rheology of soft matter systems. Our research aims at development of the scientific field as well as application in typical Wageningen themes such as food and environmental sciences. You can rely on a well-equipped laboratory with techniques such as (light) scattering, AFM, rheometry, mechanical analysis, confocal and TIRF microscopy, optical tweezers, ellipsometry, calorimetry, surface characterization methods, and facilities for polymer and colloid synthesis, as well as technical support for custom-made equipment.

Our mission is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes have joined strengths to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment. With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 students, it is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

Equal opportunities employer
We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

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