Vacancy Physics and Physical Chemistry of Foods


PhD position: Crumpled metamaterial design

 Chair group                                                               : Physics and Physical Chemistry of Foods

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 We are looking for a PhD candidate to study the physics of crumpled materials for designing robust low weighted metamaterials. Recently origami was shown to be a source of inspiration for innovative design of metamaterials. However, origami and other ordered structures are prone to dislocations which strongly affecting their mechanical functionality. Crumpling offers new opportunities for practical metamaterial design with low sensitivity to dislocation. Crumpled structures exhibit exceptional mechanical properties that can be used to tailor mechanical response. We introduce crumpled structures as new building blocks for designing mechanical metamaterials. This approach enables us to bridging the gap between fundamental understanding the physics of crumpling and real-world applications of such random structures, supported by industrial collaborations.  The project is funded in by a NWO Vidi grant.


We are looking for highly motivated candidates holding an MSc. degree  in physics, physical-chemistry or engineering with a background in theoretical modelling, affinity to experiments and strong desire for combining experiments, theory and computational methods. The candidates should be fluent in written and spoken English (IELTS exam score>6.5), enjoy working within the interface between curiosity driven and application inspired research.

We offer you a temporary position for a period of 1.5 years with extension of 2.5 years after successful evaluation. Gross salary per month € 2191,- in the first year rising up to €2801,-  per month in the fourth year.  We not only offer a competitive salary but also good (study) leave and a pension of the ABP Pension Fund. The position would be a joint PhD position between Laboratory of Physics and Physical Chemistry ( at Wageningen University and Soft Matter Group at University of Amsterdam (group of Prof. D. Bonn). The PhD candidate will be enrolled at the VLAG graduate school at Wageningen University. 

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Mehdi Habibi, assistant  professor of Physics,
For more information about the contractual aspects, please contact R.H.J. van Meegen, HR-advisor, telephone number +31 317485466.

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