PhD position in synthesis and assembly of magnetic smart colloidal particles


Offered by:

Delft University of Technology

Research / Academic


We seek a talented phD student to work on an ambitious project in the field of colloids and soft matter. You will work on the preparation of novel stimuli responsive colloidal particles using a combination of conventional and unconventional synthesis methods (lithography). You will study the self-assembly properties of these particles and the mechanical properties of the assembled materials by microscpy techniques.

The project will be carried out in the newly established group of Dr. Laura Rossi. The PhD student will be part of the larger community of the Advanced Soft Matter section in the Department of Chemical Engineering of Delft University of Technology. Some aspects of the project will be carried out in collaborations both within and outside TU Delft (Utrecht University, UvA, NYU).


The candidate will hold (or is about to obtain) a MSc degree in physical chemistry, colloid science, soft matter or chemical engineering. The candidate must have some practical skills in colloid or polymer synthesis, and the characterization of (nano)particles. Previous experience in colloid science and/or use of cleanroom facilities is highly advantageous. It is essential that the candidate is able to demonstrate competence in these areas, as judged by publications (or papers in press) in high quality peer reviewed journals or a MSc Thesis on a relevant topic. Very good spoken and written English is mandatory.

Salary Benefits:

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Laura Rossi, phone: +31 (0)15-2787980, e-mail: For more information about the selection procedure, please contact Ms. Veby Agus, Management Assistant, e-mail: To apply, please send a CV, list of at least two references and motivation letter to quoting vacancy number TNWCE18-073. Note that applications sent to other email addresses will not be taken under consideration. The position will remain open until filled.


Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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