Postdoc : Biophysical studies at the interface with artificial lipid membranes (TNWBN19-079)

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Postdoc : Biophysical studies at the interface with artificial lipid membranes

Department/faculty: Faculty Applied Sciences
Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly
Contract: 3 year
Salary: 3255 - 4274 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Applied Sciences

The Department of Bionanoscience ( ): 

Bionanoscience is a multidisciplinary department that is dedicated to the study of fundamental and applied biological questions with cutting-edge tools from biology, physics and nanotechnology. Research topics range from single molecule biophysics and evolution to synthetic biology and artificial cells. The department offers excellent technical facilities, including an advanced microscopy suite and next-generation sequencing.

Section profile:

The Aubin-Tam group is a dynamic and multidisciplinary research group interested in the interplay between structure and mechanics in biological molecules and materials.

Faculty Applied Sciences:

The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,800 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics. 

Job description

Project description:

The Aubin-Tam group ( ) is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on a completely novel experimental platform that interfaces free-standing lipid membranes with optical tweezers inside a microfluidic device.

Cell lipid membranes are the site of vital biological processes, such as motility, trafficking and sensing, many of which involve mechanical forces. A large number of these processes depend on unequal conditions on each side of the membrane, e.g., protonmotive force. To understand how such diverse and vital processes are influenced by mechanical forces, it is essential to use force measurement tools that can track the dynamic response of membrane processes. The postdoctoral researcher will use and develop such tools to study the biophysics of lipid bilayers and the activity of proteins interacting with lipid membrane.


Qualified candidates have a PhD in either applied physics, physics, engineering, biophysics, 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.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Marie-Eve Aubin-Tam, phone: +31 (0)15-2782853, e-mail: [email protected] . To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV and names of 3 references along with a letter of application.

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. 

To apply for this position, please send a CV, a letter of interest and names of 3 references to [email protected] .

In order to apply, please submit, in addition to your CV and publication record, a research statement (1 A4) and an education statement (0.5 A4).

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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