PhD Position Theoretical Biophysics

Research / Academic

My group is interested in biological signal processing, especially in the context of chemical stimuli in gene regulation and development on the one, and macroscopic stimuli (light, touch) on the other hand. We use tools from statistical physics, information theory and non-linear dynamics to understand the how well a particular system responds to a stimulus, and how this stimulus is processed internally. To do so, we collaborate closely with experimentalists. Multiple projects are available concerning the sensing of molecular signals in gene regulatory contexts, macroscopic signals from environmental stimuli and a better understanding of modern data analysis methods for sequencing methods. If you are interested in details prior to applying, please contact Marianne Bauer.


You have a degree in physics, mathematics, nano-biology or a related natural science discipline, with a strong interest in theory as well as biophysics. You are excited about biophysics, numerics, mathematics and biology; you like programming as well as some analytic calculations and enjoy statistical physics or probabilistic calculaus. You enjoy working collaboratively, both within in our theory research group, other physics group and experimentalists outside.
Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

Salary Benefits:

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. 
For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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