PhD student chiralforce

The University of Twente is looking for a PhD student chiralforce.

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The Mesoscale Chemical Systems (MCS) group has a vacancy for a PhD student to work on microfluidics for the separation of enantiomers. Separating enantiomers is crucial to produce bio-active molecules, e.g., in early-phase drug discovery. The project aims at a radically new strategy to separate enantiomers on chip, using chiral optical forces at silicon-based optical waveguides and integration with microfluidics. The proposed method has the promise to be quick, tunable, and cheap. The focus of the PhD student in the MCS group will be on the design, fabrication, and testing of the microfluidic parts of the chip, which eventually will be monolithically integrated with the photonic components developed by one of the partner institutions in the project.

This topic is part of a Horizon Europe EIC Pathfinder project with several industrial and academic partners with a strong international reputation. The project theme is Chiral separation of molecules enabled by enantioselective optical forces in integrated nanophotonic circuits (acronym: CHIRALFORCE). The final goal is a unique platform combining a microfluidic microchannel network with photonic integrated circuits to separate enantiomeric nanoparticles and molecules in liquid environments.

The prospective PhD student will have full access to a state-of-the-art cleanroom facility at the MESA+ Nanolab for fabrication of the devices as well as advanced equipment for microfluidic characterization in the MCS group labs. Type of work: 20% microfluidics design and modelling; 50% experimental device fabrication, 30% microfluidic-optical characterization.


  • You are highly motivated and an enthusiastic researcher.
  • You have a MSc degree in chemical engineering, nanotechnology, applied physics or a related topic, with excellent theoretical and experimental skills.
  • You have proven affinity with microfabrication, and preferably with microfluidics.
  • You have good team spirit and like to work in an internationally oriented environment and willing to travel to other labs within Europe for specialized experimentation.
  • You are proficient in English


  • Fulltime position for four years
  • The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment.
  • The PhD salary is € 2.541,- in the first year and increases to € 3.247,- in the fourth year.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • The number of holiday hours for full-time employment is 232 hours per calendar year.
  • A personal development program within the Twente Graduate School.

Bedrijfsprofiel Universiteit Twente


The research of the Mesoscale Chemical Systems (MCS) chair, headed by Han Gardeniers, originates from the group's unique expertise in micro and nanofabrication, backed by the outstanding experimental facilities of MESA+ NanoLab. It can be summarized by these three activities: (i) structure materials in 3D down to the nanometer scale; (ii) manage fluids at the mesoscale; and (iii) engineer microsystems with integrated functionality. More information can be found on our website


The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.


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