PhD position in BioNanoPhotonics

Amsterdam (Stad), Noord-Holland (NL)
01 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
25 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

PhD position in BioNanoPhotonics

Publication date
24 September 2020

Closing date
25 October 2020

Level of education
Master's degree

38 hours per week

Salary indication
€2,395 to €3,061 gross per month

Vacancy number

Are you exceptionally interested in interdisciplinary research? Are you a motivated young researcher? We are seeking a PhD candidate who is interested in developing highly effective, multifunctional luminescent nanomaterials for medical application.

What are you going to do?
The project is part of the consortium ‘Photonics Translational Research – Medical Photonics’ including 5 universities and TNO, 3 hospitals and 12 companies of the Netherlands, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research under perspective programme. You are expected to prepare high quality, multifunctional ultra-small luminescent nanoplatforms, with the aid of sophisticated characterization and spectroscopy methods, as well as theoretical model calculation.

What do we require?

  • An MSc degree in chemistry or chemical engineering or physical chemistry;
  • a strong background of organic/inorganic material synthesis, characterization, biofunctionalization and relevant equipment;
  • experience in luminescence upconversion nanomaterial preparation and luminescence mechanism study;
  • excellent communication skills in English;
  • proven experience in the areas described above are preferred.

Our offer
A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students. 

The position is available now, we will recruit until a suitable candidate has been found.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week. This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

dr Hong Zhang  professor
T: +31 (0)20 525 6976

About the Faculty of Science and the Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 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 Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is one of eight institutes of 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.

Job application
The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise 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.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 25 October 2020. You may apply online by using the link below. 

Applications should include:

  • a motivation letter and CV, including a list of publications, and the names of two referees.

Potential candidates will be invited for interview.


No agencies please