PhD position “Local decision-making and adaptative behavior, driven by chemical reaction networks”

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TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the TNW Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.   



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Academic staff - PhD

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PhD position “Local decision-making and adaptative behavior, driven by chemical reaction networks”

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Job description

A PhD position is available at the University of Twente (the Netherlands) within the faculty of Science and Technology. The research goal of Wong Research Group ( is to design special-purpose computers and embedded systems, based on networks of chemical reactions (the fundamental computing unit in Nature). In the proposed project for this job opening, we aim to create spatially organized networks of reactions to enable ‘in-memory’ computing platforms that can predict how dynamical systems evolve. Chemical computers of this sort could process information based on concepts outside the realm of digital logic-based computers (e.g., through local decisions and cross reactions), and may become increasingly favorable when challenged with complex problems. The combination of i) the interdisciplinary nature of our research cluster “Organic Materials Chemistry & Technology” (, ii) the focus on nonlinear dynamics of chemical reaction networks, and iii) the unparalleled possibilities at MESA+ Institute in the fabrication of nano- and microfluidic devices will provide a unique foundation towards achieving this goal.


We seek for a colleague with a background in chemical engineering. You will lead projects that enable information processing (through flow or diffusion) using molecular components and ‘chemically active surfaces’. That is, you will explore the possibilities to combine easy-to-use microfluidic and hydrogel systems with basic chemical concepts to couple molecules into interacting networks of reactions. Candidates with demonstratable:

Experiences in 3D-printing, flow chemistry, gel wet-stamping, and/ or microscopy are preferred, as core activities may involve the design and fabrication of microfluidic devices and hydrogel systems.

Communicative skills are preferred, as communication among students/peers will be encouraged through supervision and collaboration, and as successful dissemination of results in your Ph. D. will involve seeking dialogues with researchers from different disciplines.

We offer

We offer a very challenging fulltime position in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

·       The gross monthly salary starts with € 2395,- in the first year and       increases to € 3061,- in the fourth year of your employment;

·       A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;

·       A solid pension scheme;

·       Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;

·       Professional and personal development programs;

Information and application

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at our University. We encourage applications from all sections of society.

Please send your application via the ‘Apply now’ button, and include:

  • A motivation letter describing why you apply for this position, with a description of your research interests (no more than 1 A4)
  • Email addresses of at least two references who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf
  • A detailed CV
  • Academic transcripts from your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

For moren information you are welcome to contact Dr. Albert S. Y. Wong,  E:

Applications are welcome till December 31st, 2020.

Position localisation

Job location

Nederland, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB


Drienerlolaan 5 7522 NB Enschede

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

4. Master

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