The Casimir Research School (Casimir), established in 2004 by the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience at Delft and the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION), aims for an improved education of young researchers towards a Ph.D. degree.
Ph.D. Positions in Molecular Biophysics
- Single-Molecule Cell Biology
- Single-molecule studies of DNA/RNA replication and transcription
- Single-molecule study on microRNA
- PhD-position in Photonics at Delft University of Technology: Photonic Components for a Photoacoustic Imaging Chip
- Ph.D. position: Building stochastic models to explore the implication of component exchange for the robust operation of genetic information processing complexes
- Ph.D. fellowship in biophysics/ systems biology of stem cells
- Superresolution imaging of Z-ring dynamics in bacteria (with Seamus Holden at Newcastle)
- DNA plectoneme
- Superresolution nanoscopy of chromatin structure
- Biomimetic nuclear pore complexes
- Synthetic cell division
- Ph.D. position: Percolation dynamics of multicellular origami
- Ph.D. position: Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Ferritin – Linking Nano‐Magnetism and Biological Function
- Ph.D. position: Multivalent interactions for super-selective colloids and self-organizing protein networks
- Ph.D. position: How do stem cells make decisions? Understanding the role of gene regulatory networks in driving cell differentiation
- Ph.D. position: High throughput single-molecule study for efficient genome editing
PhD-positions at the Casimir Research School are full-time salaried positions, there is no tuition fee.
Ph.D. position at Casimir – how to apply
Each year, over 50 students start their career as a Ph.D. candidate at the Casimir Research School. Over 60% of this group has a non-Dutch nationality.
Casimir Graduate Program
The entry level for a Ph.D. program in the Netherlands is a Master of Science degree. Each year, over 150 applications are received for the Casimir Graduate Program. Once every month, a committee of leading scientists of the Casimir Research School select candidates for the vacant Ph.D. positions, based on the applicants’ scientific qualifications. The selected candidates are assessed in several rounds, each one more in-depth than the previous one. The best candidates are invited for an interview.
During your Ph.D. at Casimir
After starting your employment as a Ph.D. student, a research plan is made, including an overview of the courses and workshops that your supervisor recommends you to take. The supervisor is responsible for proper coaching, which includes, of course, getting the best out of you, and monitoring progress in an informal and formal way. The process of becoming a full-fledged researcher takes time.