PhD position at Wageningen University

Job description

The PhD student will develop, validate and implement magnetic resonance approaches for non-invasive assessment of hybrid biopolymer network formation and degradation under dynamic conditions such as stress and shear. Velocimetric measurements under shear (RheoMRI) will be combined with nanoprobe (PFGNMR) diffusometry to provide a view on biopolymer network formation/degradation at sub-µm scale. The work will be carried out at 300 and 600 MHz NMR spectrometers, with high-performance PFG and (rheo)MRI capabilities. The project is embedded in a programme is to understand the physics of the assembly and visco-elastic properties of hybrid networks, consisting of mixtures of stiff and soft elements, which leads to complex multiscale physics.

Required qualifications

The candidate should have an MSc degree (or the equivalent) in Physics or Physical Chemistry, with a background in nuclear magnetic resonance techniques applied to structure-function relationships of materials. Experience with magnetic resonance imaging would be an advantage. Good communication skills in English are required.


Prof. Dr. John van Duynhoven, john.vanduynhoven@wur,nl; 31 6 11386685