PhD Food Physics

We are looking for a PhD candidate to study complex systems that exhibit non-linear behaviour, and that show a degree of randomness and structure at the same time. Such systems range from crumpled objects to ...

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Bornsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur


We are looking for a PhD candidate to study complex systems that exhibit non-linear behaviour, and that show a degree of randomness and structure at the same time. Such systems range from crumpled objects to collective behaviour in disordered media. In order to understand and establish links between the structures of such systems and their physical properties we combine experimental, theoretical and computational tools (e. g. non-linear mechanics, statistical physics, complex system dynamics...). Our models can be applied on a wide range of scales: from nano (viral mechanics) up to the macro scale (heterogeneous materials). The multi-scale and multidisciplinary approach facilitates in bridging the gap between fundamental understanding and real-world applications, supported by industrial collaborations. The current project is funded in by a NWO Vidi grant.


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate holding an MSc. degree in physics, physical-chemistry or engineering with a solid background in theoretical modelling, affinity to experiments and strong desire for combining experiments, theory and computational methods. The candidates should be fluent in written and spoken English, enjoy working within the interface between curiosity driven and application inspired research.


We offer you a temporary position for a period of 1.5 years with extension of 2.5 years after successful evaluation. Gross salary per month € 2.222,- in the first year rising up to € 2840,- per month in the fourth year. We not only offer a competitive salary but also good (study) leave and a pension of the ABP Pension Fund.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Mehdi Habibi, assistant professor of Physics and Physical Chemsitry of Foods:
For more information about the contractual aspects, please contact R.H.J. van Meegen, HR-advisor, telephone number +31 317485466 .

You can apply online at until 1 September 2017.


We are part of the cluster Food Technology within the department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences.
Our chair group integrates physics, (meso-)structure design and development, and applications in food, to enable innovations more effectively. The applications refer to different contexts, ranging from harvesting, processing, storage, transport, consumption to digestion. We aim to deliver fundamental knowledge, new meso-structures, and application concepts, for academic partners, industry and society, and to educate students to apply such integration in their future careers. Our focus is on the meso-scale in relation to the molecular and macroscopic scale. The fundamental knowledge refers to understanding how food material properties (physical and physico-chemical) relate to ingredient molecular composition, temperature, time and externally applied conditions. See for more information on the group

The Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group is part of Wageningen University & Research where fundamental and applied sciences complement each other. As an important European player, we carry out top-level research and work alongside authoritative partners within the international business world as well as the government on "Healthy food in a biobased society". We have a crucial role in innovations within the market. Entrepreneurship and professionalism are what define us. In short, we are an interesting, international employer of stature.

Wageningen University & Research
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus - each and every day. Within our domain, healthy food and living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society - such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don't do this alone. Every day, 5000 people work on 'the quality of life', turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

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