TT experimentele Soft Matter – Leiden University – Leiden

  • Leiden

Leiden University

Profile of the candidate
The Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) is searching a new faculty member in the area of experimental soft matter physics. We are particularly interested in hiring a candidate with a cutting-edge research profile that complements and connects with our existing research lines in colloidal particles, active matter and mechanical metamaterials. Exemplary research directions include but are not limited to self-learning and intelligent matter, complex out-of-equilibrium systems, active solids, and soft robotics. The position opens at the assistant professor level, however, in exceptional cases, appointments at the associate or full professor level may be considered.

Key responsibilities of the successful candidate

  • Establishing an independent, internationally recognized research group in experimental soft matter and publications in leading scientific journals;
  • Acquisition of external funds through research grants;
  • Teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level in physics;
  • Supervision of BSc and MSc students in their thesis work;
  • Contribution to the inclusive atmosphere, management and organization of the institute.
  • Specifications

  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • Leiden
  • Leiden University


    Selection criteria

  • Ph.D. in physics or closely related area
  • A publication record that demonstrates the skills and interest of the applicant
  • Excellent communications skills in English, both written and verbal.
  • Commitment to teaching in an inspiring manner
  • Willingness to contribute to the organization of the institute and to learn Dutch
  • Conditions of employment

    Information tenure track
    We offer a perfect start of the tenure track by providing an attractive startup package, state-of-the-art laboratories and support departments, and continuous development of your personal and professional skills through courses and coaching. A special mentoring program is offered with fellow Tenure Trackers in a peer group as well as with senior staff members in the department. Successful performance will lead to promotion to a tenured position as associate professor and upon continued growth to promotion to full professor.

    Smart, Living, Active Matter Center at the Leiden Institute of Physics

    The experimental soft matter community at the Leiden Institute of Physics is a dynamic, collaborative environment which consists of the groups of Daniela Kraft (colloidal model systems), Martin van Hecke (mechanical metamaterials), Alexandre Morin (active matter) and Louise Jawerth (protein condensates). We are complemented by two theoretical groups working on active matter and biomechanics led by Luca Giomi and Silke Henkes and form together the smart, living, active matter center (

    We are embedded in the Leiden Institute of Physics, which features a long-standing tradition of excellence in physics research and currently hosts a broad spectrum of research groups ranging from biological and soft matter to quantum matter and cosmology. The institute offers access to state-of-the art research facilities, excellent administrative and scientific support structures, and fosters an international and inclusive atmosphere with strong interactions among the various groups.

    Research at our faculty
    The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. We are committed to curiosity driven fundamental research and interdisciplinary research; we aim at advancing science and addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

    The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes with almost 6,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where academic research and life science companies come together.

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