PhD positions in Theoretical Soft Matter Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology

We invite applications for 2 PhD positions (available immediately) at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, in the field of theoretical soft matter physics. The successful candidates will work on theory and simulation of glass-forming and active soft matter.

Project description

One PhD project will focus on the development and application of a new and promising first-principles-based framework (so-called Generalized Mode-Coupling Theory) to understand the complex dynamics of glass-forming materials. The other PhD project will focus on the role of active (self-propelled) particles in tuning and controlling the glass-forming properties of synthetic and living matter. Both projects involve a combination of (first-principles) theory and molecular dynamics simulations, and provide possibilities to collaborate with experimentalists.

The PhD projects will be carried out in the Non-Equilibrium Soft Matter group, which is part of the Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter division at the Department of Applied Physics, under the supervision of Dr. Liesbeth Janssen.


We are looking for talented and motivated candidates with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Biophysics, or a related subject. Experience with statistical physics, computer simulation methods, and programming is an advantage. Affinity with theory and simulation, as well as good knowledge of spoken and written English, are essential.


Applications should include a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, and contact details of at least two references. Application documents should be uploaded in the online application form. Selection will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Conditions of employment

We offer fixed-term, 4-year PhD positions at Eindhoven University of Technology, a dynamic and ambitious university in the heart of the Dutch high-tech industry. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities, including:
– A gross monthly salary between EUR 2.222,- (first year) and EUR 2.840,- (last year);
– Additionally, 8% holiday and 8.3% end-of-year annual supplements;
– A minimum of 41 holidays per year (excluding bank holidays, based on a full-time employment of 40 hrs/week);
– Additional benefits, including excellent technical infrastructure, child care, holiday savings schemes, and sports facilities;
– Assistance for finding accommodation;
– Personal development program to develop your social and communication skills (see

For more information, please contact Dr. Liesbeth Janssen directly at


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