PhD position “Local decision-making and adaptative behavior, driven by chemical reaction networks

A PhD position is available at the University of Twente (the Netherlands) within the faculty of Science and Technology.

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A PhD position is available at the University of Twente (the Netherlands) within the faculty of Science and Technology. The research goal of Wong Research Group ( is to design special-purpose computers and embedded systems, based on networks of chemical reactions (the fundamental computing unit in Nature). In the proposed project for this job opening, we aim to create spatially organized networks of reactions to enable ‘in-memory’ computing platforms that can predict how dynamical systems evolve. Chemical computers of this sort could process information based on concepts outside the realm of digital logic-based computers (e.g., through local decisions and cross reactions), and may become increasingly favorable when challenged with complex problems. The combination of i) the interdisciplinary nature of our research cluster “Organic Materials Chemistry & Technology” (, ii) the focus on nonlinear dynamics of chemical reaction networks, and iii) the unparalleled possibilities at MESA+ Institute in the fabrication of nano- and microfluidic devices will provide a unique foundation towards achieving this goal.

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We seek for a colleague with a background in chemical engineering. You will lead projects that enable information processing (through flow or diffusion) using molecular components and ‘chemically active surfaces’. That is, you will explore the possibilities to combine easy-to-use microfluidic and hydrogel systems with basic chemical concepts to couple molecules into interacting networks of reactions. Candidates with demonstratable:

Experiences in 3D-printing, flow chemistry, gel wet-stamping, and/ or microscopy are preferred, as core activities may involve the design and fabrication of microfluidic devices and hydrogel systems.

Communicative skills are preferred, as communication among students/peers will be encouraged through supervision and collaboration, and as successful dissemination of results in your Ph. D. will involve seeking dialogues with researchers from different disciplines.


We offer a very challenging fulltime position in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

  • The gross monthly salary starts with € 2395,- in the first year and       increases to € 3061,- in the fourth year of your employment;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programs;

Bedrijfsprofiel Universiteit Twente

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.


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