Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Mechanics of Living Materials

The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Physics are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the mechanics of living materials.

The aim of this project is, based on recent progress in extending vertex models, to build a model that incorporates these processes from the bottom up.  We will focus on understanding the emergent active mechanics, flows, and rigidity of such materials that incorporate microscopic internal pulling forces. At the same time, we will assess how biology can functionalize them and make predictions for processes such as gastrulation and germ band extension in drosophila or the chick embryo, and separately for in-vitro systems such as MDCK sheets and model organoids.

Duration: A full-time appointment of initially one year, with a possible extension

Salary

  • Salaries range from € 3.557,-  to € 4.670,-  gross per month
  • Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %)
  • training and career development
  • Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

Job Requirements

The Postdoctoral Research Associate in the mechanics of living materials seeks applicants with the following qualifications:

  • PhD in Physics or a related discipline and a good publication record
  • A background in soft condensed matter theory
  • Strong computational skills in either python or matlab and knowledge of C/C++ 
  • A genuine interest in interdisciplinary science and talking to biologists  
  • Creative and independent thinker
  • Good communication skills, and good English language level

Application Process

Applications for the Postdoctoral Research Associate in the mechanics of living materials should consist of the following:

  • CV including publication list
  • Research statement (3 pages maximum)
  • Name and contact information of at least 2 references
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To apply, click here.

Deadline: March 17, 2023.

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