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Postdoc position: Dissipative and Active Metamaterials

Are you interested in designer matter? The University of Amsterdam is seeking an excellent, highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to carry out …

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Science Park, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Vast contract
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
€ 2709 - € 4274 per maand


Are you interested in designer matter? The University of Amsterdam is seeking an excellent, highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to carry out interdisciplinary research at the frontier of metamaterials, physical mechanics and active matter.

Mechanical metamaterials have emerged as the most promising platform for the rational design of ‘extreme’ functionalities. Importantly, such advanced properties are typically designed through a purely geometrical framework. Yet, this impressive progress is so far confined to the control of deformations. This traditional focus severely limits our understanding of metamaterials and their potential for applications where dissipation is often a crucial aspect. In his project you will research how the extreme mechanics of metamaterials (i) can be used to achieve on-demand dissipation of shocks and vibrations and (ii) can be revolutionized by the use of active processes. You will develop a completely new framework to allow for dissipative and active degrees of freedom, and you will validate it through a wide array of experimental and numerical techniques. This breakthrough will lead to powerful tools to capture the physics of a new generation of dissipative and active metamaterials and to design advanced mechanical functionalities tailored to dynamic scenarios. Beyond advancing fundamental knowledge in physics and solid mechanics of metamaterials, this project will open avenues for shock and vibration damping to materials process applications, relevant in a wide range of industries, from prosthetics to automotive and aerospace.

What are you going to do?

In this Postdoc project, you will push the limit of mechanical metamaterials by:

  • boosting our understanding of metamaterials, by iinvestigating metamaterials in the presence of dissipative and active processes and making a key step towards applications, by devising novel guidelines for the use of metamaterials in dynamic conditions;
  • working at the boundary between physics and engineering, by combining 3d printing, precision desktop experiments, numerical simulations and theory ¾we have a wide array of 3d printers, mechanical testers, numerical codes that you will use and develop further;
  • developing programming tools (using the programming language python or equivalent) to analyze and model your data;
  • closely working with other members of the team, who work on complex and dynamic metamaterials and machine learning for metamaterials.


  • A PhD in physics, mathematics, engineering, computational science or a related field ― PhD students in the process of finalizing their degree are especially welcome to apply;
  • a strong background in physics and mechanics;
  • experience with numerical simulations, theory and/or experiments and a strong taste for combining and learning different approaches;
  • a creative, curious and driven nature;
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in English.


A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 1 year (with possible extension of two years depending on performance).

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,709 to €4,274 (scale 10) gross per month, based on full-time employment (38 hours a week). These amounts are 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? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

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