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Post-doc in Biophysics & Fluid dynamics for ERC funded project

In an ERC funded project, the Kiers group (Evolutionary Biology, VU University) and the Shimizu group (Systems Biophysics, AMOLF) is accepting applications …

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De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
32 - 40 uur
€ 2588 - € 3839 per maand


In an ERC funded project, the Kiers group (Evolutionary Biology, VU University) and the Shimizu group (Systems Biophysics, AMOLF) is accepting applications for a post-doc with exceptional skills in image analysis, microscopy, and/or modeling of fluid dynamics and transport processes.

Our aim is to track and analyze the dynamics of nutrient transport inside complex fungal networks in symbiosis with host plants. These fungi offer a unique opportunity to study complex flow patterns (bi-directional flow within random-graph networks) in a research context firmly embedded within an important biological question. Specifically, we are interested in the factors organizing fluid flow across fungal filament networks, and how information and resources are shared across these integrated networks.

The successful post-doc will further develop our automated imaging system to measure velocities, flow dynamics, and oscillatory patterns of nutrients within hyphal networks. This will allow us to better understand the evolution of microbial trade strategies.

Cross-discipline collaboration
We offer a unique opportunity for a post-doc to contribute to cutting-edge research into the evolution of symbioses by working at the intersection of Evolutionary Biology and Biophysics. Housed primarily at the AMOLF Systems Biology Lab with Professor Shimizu, the successful candidate will develop a suit of tools to understand what drives oscillatory dynamics across fungal networks. Ultimately, we are interested in understanding whether plant hosts can influence how fungal symbionts distribute and trade their nutrients.

AMOLF is one of the top research laboratories of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I), specializing in the physics of complex matter.


We are looking for an early-career scientists with outstanding track records in the fields of biophysics or fluid mechanics. Selection of applicants starts immediately.
• Candidates should hold a Ph.D., with a strong background in experimental physics and/or
• Outstanding publication record
• Excellent ability to communicate in both written and spoken English
• Ability to start within 2 months

Particular preference will be given to candidates with prior experience with image analysis, microbiology and/or modeling fluid dynamics.


The initial appointment will be for a period of 1.5 years, with potential grant opportunities to follow.

Information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment can be found at www.workingatvu.nl and include for example:
• Remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
• Solid pension scheme (ABP);
• A minimum of 29 holiday days in case of full-time employment;
• A wide range of sports facilities, which staff may use at a modest charge.

We offer a competitive salary package in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, in the position of Researcher in salary scale 10, ranging from a minimum of € 2588,00 gross per month up to a maximum of € 3839,00 gross per month based on fulltime employment.

Additional information

For additional information please contact:
Prof. Dr. Toby Kiers
phone number +31 (0)20 5987074
website: www.tobykiers.com