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PhD position: Machine Learning for Metamaterials

Are you interested in artificial intelligence and in material design? The University of Amsterdam and the AMOLF institute are seeking excellent, highly …

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Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand


Are you interested in artificial intelligence and in material design? The University of Amsterdam and the AMOLF institute are seeking excellent, highly motivated PhD candidates to enhance metamaterial research using machine learning.

The extraordinary properties of mechanical metamaterials stem from their architecture, or internal structure, rather than their chemical composition. These properties can go beyond (=”meta”) their ingredient materials, and vigorous activities have recently produced programmable and exotic material properties as well as unprecedented mechanical functionalities such as shape-morphing and self-folding. However, understanding how these properties emerge and how we can rationally design metamaterials remain major challenges: how and why mechanical metamaterials function is not well understood, and the design of metamaterials is mostly based on creativity, heuristics and trial-and-error. In this PhD project, we propose to apply machine learning (ML) to force breakthroughs in these key challenges.

What are you going to do?

In this PhD project, you are expected to weave Machine Learning and Mechanical Metamaterials together:

  • to classify and design the zero modes of metamaterials.
  • to predict and design the linear response of metamaterials;
  • to make a step towards mechanical logic and computation.


  • Master’s degree in physics, mathematics, engineering, computational science or a related field;
  • a strong background in physics, for numerical simulations, theory and/or artificial intelligence;
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in English.


A temporary contract for 38 number of hours per week for the duration of 4 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and 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 salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be  €2.325 to €2.972 (scale P) gross per month, based on fulltime (38 hours a week), exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8.3 end-of-year bonus. A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.

Additional information

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