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PhD Position – New Light-Responsive Engineered Living Materials Based on Microalgae, Netherlands, Mar 2022

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands

The Delft University of Technology invites applications for a Ph.D. position at the Aubin-Tam group is a dynamic and multidisciplinary research group interested in developing new bio-inspired and living materials, the Faculty Applied Sciences, The Netherlands – Mar 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 2,434 EURO/Month

Faculty Applied Sciences
Delft University of Technology
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Delft, The Netherlands

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Qualification Details

Qualified candidates have a Master in either engineering, material science, physics, chemistry, or a related field. Successful candidates are motivated by a deep scientific curiosity, have excellent experimental and quantitative skills and possess a drive to learn and to develop new methods and concepts.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Aubin-Tam group is a dynamic and multidisciplinary research group interested in developing new bio-inspired and living materials.

Project description:

Nature fabricates materials with remarkable properties, having the ability to grow, move and sense their environment. Such dynamic and interactive materials are in strong contrast with man-made synthetic materials. Recent scientific interest has emerged to incorporate living cells into materials to form engineered living materials, using most often muscle cells or bacteria. While underexplored, microalgae-based living materials are highly promising due to the light-driven movement of microalgae.

The aim of this project is to fabricate the first light-responsive microalgae-based materials that use the light-driven motion of cells for dynamic and reversible control over the 3D organisation and shape of the living material.

The PhD student will devise fabrication approaches for porous hydrogels, which can host motile microalgae cells. He/she will also study how the material properties are locally affected by the presence and response of living cells.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: TUD01920

Application Procedure

Please apply before 1st of March 2022

  • To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV and list of references along with a letter of application.

To apply for this position, please send a CV, a letter of interest and names of references to

PLEASE NOTE: The applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, therefore it is preferable to submit your application as soon as it is ready.

About the Faculty

Faculty Applied Sciences

With more than 1,000 employees, including 135 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,400 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we train students in broad Bachelor's and specialist Master's programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers and science communicators.

Click here to go to the website of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

About the Employer: Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Conditions of Employment

TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2434 per month in the first year to € 3111 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 sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

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Contact details

For more information about this position, please contact Marie-Eve Aubin-Tam, e-mail:

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