PhD Position in Fracture Metamaterials

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 31 Mar 2024

6 Feb 2024
Job Information

University of Amsterdam (UvA)
Research Field

Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

31 Mar 2024 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Are you enthusiastic about exploring the fascinating interplay between physics and mechanics? Are you interested in real world applications of metamaterials? We are delighted to open a PhD position on the field of fracture metamaterials: the goal is to steer fracture using the internal architecture of metamaterials.

What are you going to do?
Examples of potentially interesting challenges you will meet in this PhD project is to design fracture with extremely long on-demand patterns and that can in turn dissipate energy; fracture that leads to many broken pieces of controlled size. There will be a particular emphasis on edible fracture metamaterials. You will 3d print and mechanically test metamaterials made from chocolate and protein blends and use fracture to control the sensory experience, and collaborate with Unilever and TNO to explore how such edible metamaterials could lead to food innovation. You will also collaborate with the group of Alejandro Aragon (TU Delft), who will focus on the computational design of fracture metamaterials with PhD student starting in parallel. Together with our colleagues from TU Delft, we will devise a holistic approach combining computational design, 3d printing and experiments to design fracture metamaterials. Another application area we will explore with our collaborators and with institutions such as Tata Steel, NLR and TNO is to use fracture metamaterials to enhance energy dissipation.

Specific Requirements


  • have a creative, curious and driven nature
  • enjoy experimental physics, additive manufacturing
  • like to combine fundamental science with clear application prospects
  • experience with mechanical metamaterials, 3d printing, rheology, fluid dynamics is a plus.

Additional Information

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the 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). The preferred starting date is to be discussed. This 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 gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between €2.770 (first year) and €3.539 (fourth year). This does not include 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% year-end allowance. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • a complete educational program for PhD students;
  • multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • partly paid parental leave;
  • the possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • a pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • the possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here .

Selection process

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 31 March 2024. Applications should include the following information (all files besides your cv should be submitted in one single pdf file):

  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • a list of publications;
  • the names and email addresses of two references who can provide letters of recommendation (will only be contacted when shortlisted).

A knowledge security check can be part of the selection procedure.
(for details: national knowledge security guidelines )

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

The interviews will be held in the course of April 2024.

Additional comments

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Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
Faculty of Science
Postal Code
Science Park 904

Where to apply



Spui 21
Postal Code

1012 WX


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