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Postdoctoral researcher on Cells Biomechanics

The position is related to a project focused on rational design of nanotopographies for bone implants. One of the goals of the project is to generate …

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Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 3111 - € 4084 per maand


The position is related to a project focused on rational design of nanotopographies for bone implants. One of the goals of the project is to generate quantitative data on biomechanics of stem and bacterial cells attached on nanopatterned surfaces. The quantitative characterization will include cell-surface and cell-cell adhesion forces, cell stiffness and morphology as a function of various nanopattern features. The following state-of-the-art facilities and equipment will be available for the project: cleanroom for nanopatterns fabrication and biological lab for cell culture; equipment for nanopatterns fabrication (hot embossing/nanoimprinting system, Nanoscribe®, electron beam induced deposition); equipment for imaging and quantification of surfaces with attached cells (advanced bioAFM unit and hollow AFM cantilevers enabling single-cell force spectroscopy analyses, SEM, fluorescence microscope).

The position will be jointly at the departments of BioMechanical Engineering (BME) and Precision & Microsystems Engineering (PME) of the faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE).


The candidate should have a PhD in mechanical engineering, materials science, physics or biology. Experience with bioAFM, micro-fabrication and cell culture is preferred but not mandatory.

The candidate should have excellent experimental skills, be independent and actively involved in this and other multidisciplinary projects, and supervise PhD, Master and Bachelor students. As part of career development, we encourage the person to participate in writing grant proposals to acquire funding for follow-up projects.


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.

For more information about this position, please contact Lidy Fratila-Apachitei, Assistant Professor, email: e.l.fratila-apachitei@tudelft.nl.
To apply for this position, please send a detailed CV along with a letter of application and the contact information of at least two references (in one PDF file) by 13 April 2018 to application-3mE@tudelft.nl.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME18-22.


Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering - Department BioMechanical Engineering (BMechE)

Research at the faculty of 3mE covers many fields, ranging from large-scale energy storage, medical instruments, control technology and robotics to smart materials, nanoscale structures, safe transport and autonomous boats. The research focuses on the design, manufacture, application and modification of products, materials, processes and mechanical devices and is a key component of many and extremely diverse fields of activity: energy, environment, food supplies, housing, water, transport, security and healthcare, to name but a few.

The Department of BioMechanical Engineering coordinates the Education and Research activities in the field of Mechanical Engineering techniques, like modeling and design, to analyze the interaction between biological and technical systems.