PhD in theroretical biophysics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • PhD in theroretical biophysics
  • University Graduate
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers an international and interdisciplinary research environments, with a strong focus on the physics of living systems that fosters close collaborations between theory and experiment.

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

The Broedersz group studies the Physics of Life from a theoretical perspective. Our research is focussed on ell and tissue dynamics, Chromosome organisation, and non-equilibrium soft biological assemblies. PhD candidates will contribute to our research by working closely with local and international experimental collaborators, and by developing analytical and computational models as well as analysing and interpreting experimental data. PhD candidates are also expected to work in a team and communicate their work in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences, and to contribute to our teaching program.


  • Masters degree in Physics with a focus on theoretical physics
  • Knowledge and experience with concepts and methods from statistical and biological physics
  • Strong mathematical background and excellent programming skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills in English

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,395 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,061 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of 4 years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until October 16, 2020. 

We reserve the right to contact and offer the position to applicants before the deadline of the vacancy.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Dr. Chase Broedersz
Position: Associate Professor

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