Postdoctoral Position in Physics

University of Amsterdam

Postdoctoral Position in Physics

Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Science
Educational level:  PhD
Function type:  Academic Staff
Closing date:  15 September 2023
Vacancy number:  11972



Are you enthusiastic about exploring the fascinating interplay between physics and mechanics? We are delighted to offer an exciting postdoctoral position in the Machine Materials Laboratory, located at the Institute of Physics of the University of Amsterdam.


This unique research opportunity revolves around the field of Mechanical Metamaterials, combining experimental, numerical, and theoretical approaches. The primary focus of the project lies in investigating various aspects, such as dissipative effects (viscoelasticity, plasticity, and fracture), mechanical instabilities, odd elasticity, and pattern formation within metamaterials.


The specific research project will be custom-tailored to align with the interests and expertise of the successful candidate, fostering a collaborative and fulfilling environment. Together, we will mutually agree on the direction of the research, ensuring it aligns with your passion and aspirations.


What are you going to do?


As a Postdoctoral Researcher, you will play a central role in leading and conducting original experiments, computations, and/or theoretical research within the Machine Materials Laboratory. Your responsibilities will encompass the design and construction of innovative experimental setups, as well as the comprehensive collection, analysis, and interpretation of experimental data, supported by theory and modelling. Your findings will be disseminated through peer-reviewed manuscripts and conference presentations.


We highly value mentorship and collaboration, and you will have the opportunity to contribute to the guidance and supervision of Ph.D., Masters, and Bachelor students. Additionally, there is potential for collaboration with external academic and industrial partners to further enhance the scope and impact of your research.


Overall, this role offers a stimulating and enriching environment where you can make significant contributions to the field of metamaterials while nurturing your own academic and teaching capabilities.


What do you have to offer?


Do you have a creative, curious and driven nature? Are you eager to combine numerical simulations, theory and experiments? You relish working in a team?


You are currently about to obtain, or have recently obtained a PhD in, physics, engineering or a related discipline?


Our offer


We offer a temporary employment contract 38 hours per week for a period of 12 months (with a possible extension of 18 months based on performance). The preferred starting date is to be agreed upon by mutual agreement.


The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 3,226 to € 5,090 (scale 10). This amount already includes the increase as of 1 August due to the result of the CLA NU 2023 negotiations. This does not include 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% year-end allowance. The UFO profile is applicable. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.


Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • partly paid parental leave;
  • the possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • a pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • the possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.


About us


The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.


The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.


The project will be carried out at the Machine Materials Laboratory, headed by Dr. Corentin Coulais, and part of the Soft Matter Group within the Institute of Physics of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The laboratory has recently pioneered the field of active metamaterials (see recent articles) and benefits from an exceptional scientific environment, in soft and condensed matter, computational physics and advanced materials.


Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


Any questions?


Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

T: +31 2052507224


Job application


If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 15 September 2023.


Applications should include the following information (all files besides your cv should be submitted in one single pdf file):


  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • a list of publications;
  • the names and email addresses of two references who can provide letters of recommendation (please do not include any reference letters yourself in your application, we will contact the referees ourselves when you are shortlisted).


Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.


The interviews will be held in the course of 16.09.2023-15.10.2023



The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.


No agencies please.