Postdoctoral researcher in the physics of supercooled water and ice
University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science – Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

Postdoctoral researcher in the physics of supercooled water and ice

Faculty of Science – Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

Working at the UvA

Postdoctoral researcher in the physics of supercooled water and ice

Publication date 25 September 2019

Closing date 19 October 2019

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €2,709 to €4,274 gross per month

Vacancy number 19-613

A temporary postdoctoral position is available at the Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) in the project ‘New light on Supercooled Water’, which is a joint project with the UvA’s Institute of Physics (IoP). The project is funded by Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) under the projectruimte-scheme.


Of all known liquids, water is the least understood, and the origin of its many anomalous properties is hotly debated. In this research project you will investigate the physics of water and the dynamics of the ice surface using a wide range of experimental methods.


What are you going to do?
As postdoctoral researcher you will:

  • set up and perform experiments on water, aqueous solutions, and ice using physical methods such as (2D)IR and Raman spectroscopy and microscopy, rheology, and T-jump experiments;
  • analyze and interpret the results;
  • report your results in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences.

What do we require?

  • A PhD degree in physical chemistry or experimental physics;
  • at least four papers in peer-reviewed international journals in English;
  • excellent communication skills in oral and written English.
  • Experience with vibrational spectroscopy and/or soft matter is an advantage.

Our offer
We offer a temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 12 months, with the possibility of extension by another 12 months depending on your 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 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.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

Daniel Bonn
T: +31 (0)20 525 7091
Sander Woutersen
T: +31 (0)20 525 5887
About the Faculty of Science


The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 6,500, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.


The Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) and the Institue of Physics (IoP) are both institutes of the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. Research at IoP covers a wide range of topics in physics, both experimental and theoretical. For more information see and


Job application
The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.


Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your CV and cover letter by 19 Ocotber 2019. You can apply online by using the link below. We will recruit until the position is filled. The selection process commences immediately, but will close when a suitable candidate has been found, even if this is prior to the final date of the application window.


Applications should include:

a motivation letter and CV, including a list of publications, combined in one PDF

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