Postdoctoral Researcher with Interest in Biobased Photonic Materials

The Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter Laboratory (PCC), have an open postdoctoral position available in the research domain of photonic biobased materials at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands.

PCC is a group of like-minded scientists interested in phenomena at the nanoscale, where creative chemistry is essential, complex physics is a rule rather than an exception and biology comes to life. 

In order to reduce its carbon footprint and become more sustainable and circular, the chemicals and materials industry needs to increase its use of bio-renewable feedstocks. This will offer unprecedented opportunities to the agrifood and/or forestry sector in supplying the raw materials that are required for the carbon transition. In this project, pre-competitive knowledge and know-how will be developed with respect to so-called “photonic pigments” derived from residual carbohydrates and polysaccharides.

Duration: 2.5 years


The activities in the Biobased Photonic Materials project will be:

  • To strengthen a promising collaborative research line between Wageningen University at PCC (WU) and Wageningen Food.
  • Part of a team of experienced and ambitious researchers striving for scientific excellence within the stated science domain.
  • To explore a research direction with a clear goal; to create a biobased photonic whitener with immediate application in industry.
  • Expected to collaborate with an international team to develop this research direction into a real-world product.


  • offer a competitive gross salary of between € 2960,- and € 4670,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation/holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
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Job Requirements

Besides the willingness to learn, presentation skills, and scientific ambition, the applicant for the Postdoc position in Biobased Photonic Materials must have:

  • a PhD in a relevant field for PCC; this includes, physical chemistry, polymer chemistry, optical microscopy, or colloidal physics. Postdoc experience is a bonus;
  • an interest in both fundamental science and the application of that science.
  • the ability and ambition to strengthen international collaborations within and between research groups at WUR, and
  • must be fluent in English (C2 level).

Application Process

Qualified applicants for the Postdoctoral Researcher with Interest in Biobased Photonic Materials are to send;

  • a CV with full
  • a letter of motivation
  • the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references.

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Application Deadline: August 31, 2022.

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