Job openings

We are (on purpose) a fairly small group, but we do have space to grow. We would therefore welcome new colleagues who, like us, would like to apply their theoretical skills to (bio)physical systems in close collaboration with experimentalists. We will always have room for motivated MSc and BSc students from physics, nanobiology, mathematics, and related fields. We currently have an opening for a PhD student (see below). We have no postdoc openings at present, but if you are interested in what we do and are willing to apply for a personal fellowship / grant (e.g. Marie Curie or Veni grants), please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss these plans.

PhD student: Synthetic cell division with shape-manipulated liposomes

Recently, the idea has emerged to build – from the bottom up – synthetic cells where lifeless molecular components are brought together in an attempt to generate biological functionality and eventually a living cell. The basic carriers for such synthetic cells are liposomes, vesicles where a single lipid bilayer encompasses an aqueous inner compartment. The main goal of this PhD project is to develop new strategies to divide liposomes, and to obtain a fundamental understanding of the underlying principles. The project will build on recent simulation results from the group, which predict that membrane inclusions can spontaneously form constricting rings on elongated vesicles (see Soft Matter 13, 4924-4930 (2017)). Although the project is theoertical, we will closely collaborate with experimentalists, especially the Dekker and Dogterom groups at the same department.

We are looking for a motivated student with an MSc in (bio)physics, nanobiology, or a related field, an affinity for soft matter / biological systems, and a willingness to collaborate with experimental groups. If you are interested, please contact Timon Idema for more details.


We currently have no open positions for PhD students or Postdocs. However, strong candidates are always welcome to contact us, if you are interested in the option of applying for a personal fellowship / grant (e.g. Marie Curie or Veni grants). That would also imply you (partially) design your own research project, within the general research interests of our group. Feel free to contact Timon Idema for more details.


Possible funding sources for postdoc grants:

Bachelor's / Master's students

We have openings for both BSc and MSc students starting in the spring semester (February 2018). See our flyer for some project ideas, and feel free to contact Timon Idema if you are interested in learning more.


Check out our research page for more about our research interests, and our publications page for our most recent results.