PhD candidate in Computational Polymer Chemistry at Faculty of Science – Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences. The Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is one of eight institutes of the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Science.

HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. This is done in close cooperation with the chemical, flavour & food, medical and high-tech industries. Research is organised into four themes: Sustainable Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry and Molecular Photonics.

The vacant PhD position is within the group Computational Polymer Chemistry and Science for Arts of Prof. Piet Iedema. This group belongs to the HIMS Computational Chemistry theme and is involved in developing mathematical models for both industrial as art-related applications (oil paint degradation).

Salary indication: €2,146 to €2,744 gross per month
Deadline:31 January 2016
Vacancy number: 15-450

Project description: Acrylate-based films form the basis for many commercial applications including future 3D-printing. In the industrial practice the properties of the film are effectively controlled by formulating an adequate mix of acrylates of varying functionality. The objective of this project is to gain better control of the material properties by developing a model enabling the optimization of process conditions, especially the acrylate mix composition. This mathematical model of the photo-initiated radical polymerization process will predict the acrylate network’s topology. To this end deterministic and Monte Carlo simulation modeling techniques existing in the group-Iedema have to be further developed.

The project is financed by Océ-Technologies BV and Stichting Technische Wetenschappen (STW).

The PhD candidate will be appointed at the University of Amsterdam.


The required background is a MSc. degree in a relevant field such as MSc in Numerical Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry (preferably Computational Chemistry), Applied Physics. In all cases the candidate should have affinity with the development of deterministic mathematical models (preferably with population balance modelling) and Monte Carlo simulation techniques. Ability to collaborate and adapt in an international team is required. The candidate is also willing to collaborate with PhD candidates and Postdoctoral researchers in other industrial applications and in the oil paint degradation related research. Candidates must possess good communication skills in oral and written English. Due to limitations in recruitment budget we will only consider candidates that are currently in Europe.

Further information

For further information, please contact:

  • Prof. Piet Iedema,
  • Computational Polymer Chemistry

The full-time appointment will be on a temporary base for a maximum period of four years (18 months plus a further 30 months after a positive evaluation) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,146 in the first year to €2,744 in the final year, according to the Dutch salary scales for PhD candidates. This is excl. 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end of year bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Aplication procedure: Applications for the position at the University of Amsterdam may only be submitted by sending your application to To process your application immediately, please quote vacancy number 15-450 and the position you are applying for in the subject-line.

Documents required: Applications must include

  • a curriculum vitae,
  • a list of publications,
  • a motivation letter (why did you choose to apply for this position), and
  • the names and contact details of two academic referees.

All these should be grouped in a single PDF attachment (not zipped).

The selection process commences immediately, but will close when a suitable candidate has been found. Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.

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