FMS Research Center

PhD position ‘Polymer nanoreactors that mimic complex behavior in nature’ (Prof. Jan van Hest & Dr. Loai Abdelmohsen)

A PhD position is open in the field of life-like systems:

Polymer nanoreactors that mimic complex behavior in nature

The aim of this project is to design functional biomimetic systems, able to engage in reversible dynamic processes. This investigation is of great interest from a fundamental scientific point of view, as it will shed light on complex behaviours found in nature.

You will design, construct and characterize a series of well-defined semipermeable polymer vesicles loaded with enzymes, which can serve as nanoreactors. Using smart surface modification strategies and appropriate catalytic processes these nanoreactors will be able to communicate to and interact with one another. By installing feedback mechanisms and out-of-equilibrium conditions life-like assembly behavior will be attained.


We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic (almost) graduated Master student in Chemistry, preferably with a background in physical chemistry, polymer chemistry and nanoscience. Other requirements are excellent analytic and communicative skills. You are fluent in English and you like to work in a multidisciplinary team


The application should consist of the following parts:

  • a brief letter explaining/motivating your interest in the position;
  • a detailed Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications (if appropriate);
  • a complete list of courses taken and grades obtained (including transcripts of academic records);
  • one-page summary of the MSc thesis;
  • contact details of two referees;
  • proof of English language skills (if applicable);
  • any other relevant information.

Please send us your application before 15/04/2019 here.