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15 Fully Funded PhD Positions at University of Groningen, Netherlands

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Are you holding Master’s degree and ready to elevate your academic journey to the highest level? University of Groningen, Netherlands, has announced a multiple fully funded PhD positions awaiting talented individuals like you. Don’t miss your chance to be part of our vibrant academic community. Explore the exciting PhD positions available and submit your application today!”

Candidates interested in fully funded PhD positions can check the details and may apply as soon as possible. 


(01) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD position Chemical Origin of Primordial Cells in the First Ocean (1.0 FTE) (V24.0255)

We invite applications from outstanding candidates, for a PhD position aimed at advancing research on the chemical origins of life on Earth, with a specific focus on our recently funded Protocell Project.

The origin of life on Earth stands as one of the great mysteries of science. Researchers have long concluded that the chemical reactions that allowed life to emerge took place in microscopic compartments, called protocells. However, it is still not known how these protocells were formed. In the context of an NWO-Vici research program, we will explore the possibility that protocells were made of lipids, formed by solar irradiation of a primordial oil layer that covered the ocean. This explorative work will include studies of chemical reactivity, molecular self-assembly and the physico-chemical behavior of plausible lipids (primarily fatty acids).

Deadline :  2 September 2024

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(02) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD positions on Supramolecular Approaches to Improve RNA Stability (2.0 FTE) (V24.0254)

We are looking for two PhD candidates for a joint project between the groups of Prof. Tibor Kudernac, Prof. Wesley Browne, and Prof. Nathalie Katsonis, that will be carried out within the framework of the Growth Fund initiative “Big Chemistry” ( The program ‘Big Chemistry’ has received over 90 million euros from the National Growth Fund to position the Netherlands as a global leader in chemical robotics combined with artificial intelligence. In this context, it becomes possible to collect large datasets on properties of molecular systems.

The core scientific challenge that will be addressed within this case study is the stability of RNA strands in water. RNA is well-known to be unstable in aqueous solutions, which is why, e.g., RNA vaccines, have to be stored at quite low temperatures. RNA degradation in water at room temperature is primarily driven by intramolecular transesterification, that leads to the cleavage of phosphodiester bonds and fragmentation of the RNA chain. It has been hypothesized that this intermolecular transesterification can occur only in specific conformations.

Deadline :2 September 2024

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(03) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–  PhD Supramolecular Mechano-Chemistry in the Early Earth Replication of RNA (1.0 FTE) (V24.0256)

The origin of life on Earth stands as one of the great mysteries of science. We are excited to invite applications from outstanding candidates for a PhD position aimed at advancing research on the chemical origins of life on Earth, with a specific focus on our newly funded Protocell Project.

Researchers generally agree that basic RNA molecules likely appeared before proteins and other nucleic acids, and were thus present at the onset of life on Earth. The prevailing view is thus that life started with basic RNA molecules, enclosed in early cells (known as protocells), and capable of self-replication without assistance from other molecules. Multiple mechanisms have been proposed for this supramolecular replication, with a growing emphasis on those mechanisms that involve autocatalytic feedback. However, one key unknown remains: for multiple copying cycles to work, the template RNA molecule and the newly formed RNA strand have to separate mechanically after the first copy is made, and how this mechanical separation could have happened effectively remains unclear and heavily debated.

Deadline :  2 July 2024 

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(04) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD in Multisensory Autonomy for Intelligent Mobile Systems (1.0 FTE) (V24.0259)

Reliable state estimation and perception play imperative roles in reaching high-performance autonomy for intelligent mobile systems. Recent advances in sensor technologies have provided enormous possibilities and challenges ranging from hardware utility to information processing. Meanwhile, intelligent mobile systems have been deployed to extensive application scenarios that are safety- and performance-critical, such as autonomous driving, smart factory/health/agriculture/forestry, etc.

In this PhD project, we investigate novel methodologies for state estimation and perception using multimodal sensors in mobile robotics. Towards agile sensing and inference, a series of original studies will be conducted based on uncertainty-aware kino-dynamic modeling and statistical machine learning. We put equal emphasis on developing universally adaptive theories and sensory-specific methods. Through system-level developments, the theoretic-based contributions will be validated in the real world in a performance-oriented manner. Further, the resulting estimation and perception schemes are anticipated to be coupled with motion planning and locomotion. We allow tailored topics with considerations on the candidate’s research interests and skill sets.

Deadline :  3 June 2024 

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(05) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD Investigating Modern Organizational Structures & Decision-Making through experimental approaches (V24.0264)

How are strategic decisions shaped by organizational structures? What are the effects of modern organizational structures like flat hierarchies that provide autonomy or technology-enabled self-coordination (platforms, AI) on the decision-making environment within organizations and individuals’ decision-making? We aim to study these questions from the Carnegie perspective on decision-making that centers on the interplay between organizational context and the individual (cognitive biases, motives, emotions). Empirically, we combine experimental methods with secondary data analysis.

Deadline : 27 May 2024

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(06) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD The changing nature of teams: unstable, part-time, ill-defined (1.0 FTE) (V24.0237)

Over 90% of today’s organizations utilize teams, investing billions of euros in their development each year. Most of the knowledge undergirding these activities rests upon research on archetypical (i.e., stable, full-time, and well-defined) teams. Most of today’s teams, however, are better characterized as unstable (employees leave and join teams), part-time (employees work in multiple teams), and ill-defined (team boundaries are unclear). This challenges our understanding of the nature and effective management of contemporary teamwork. Therefore, the objective of the PhD project is to develop insights into the dynamics of and experiences within modern team arrangements and provide evidence-based recommendations to organizational practice.

The PhD position is embedded in the research programme Organizational Behaviour of FEB’s Research Institute. The project will be supervised by Prof. Gerben van der Vegt, Dr Stefan Berger, and Dr Joost van de Brake.

Deadline :  21 May 2024

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(07) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD Collaboration and Capacity Challenges in Healthcare Supply Networks (1.0 FTE) (V24.0234)

Governments, policy makers and healthcare purchasers face the enormous challenge to contain healthcare costs. In response to the growing costs, healthcare organizations are forming healthcare supply networks to deliver the right care in the right place. These networks are formed for specific specialties and medical conditions, such as vascular and heart diseases, oncology, and arthrosis. A key challenge within these networks is the reallocation of care (e.g. concentration of complex care) among the network members and the direct consequences of the reallocation for patients, medical professionals and healthcare organizations. The PhD position will focus on these consequences of the reallocation of care and specifically on the consequences for the individual medical professional (e.g., concentration of expertise), for patients (accessibility in relation to capacity issues), and for healthcare organizations as they often participate in several networks simultaneously.

The PhD position is embedded in the research programme OPERA of FEB’s Research Institute. The project will be supervised by Dr Gerdien Regts – Walters, Dr Thomas Bortolotti, and Prof. Taco van der Vaart.

Deadline : 21 May 2024 

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(08) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD The Digital Frontier: Exploring the Intersection of Technology and Sustainability (1.0 FTE) (V24.0246)

The utilization of digital technologies such as big data or artificial intelligence in organizations increasingly prompts questions about their ramifications. Embracing the concept of digital sustainability, our research aims to delve into how digital technologies intersect with environmental, societal, and governance (ESG) objectives. We are particularly interested in the enabling role digital technologies can take to achieve ESG objectives, while also considering potential trade-offs in the face of competing interests of different stakeholders. By utilizing secondary data and computationally intensive methods, we aim to contribute to a stakeholder perspective on the broader ramifications of using digital technologies in organizations.

The PhD position is embedded in the research programme (jointly supervised) by Innovation & Organization (I&O) and Accounting of FEB’s Research Institute. The project will be supervised by Jan Hennig, Nicolai Fabian, and Sebastian Firk (promoter).

Deadline :20 May 2024

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(09) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD in the field of Export upgrading and economic growth (1.0 FTE) (V24.0245)

Economic development is positively related to exporting more complex products. At the same time, richer countries also export higher-quality versions of any product. Researchers have extensively studied each dimension: across products and quality within products. Yet, it is unclear how these two dimensions interact with each other.

In this project, you will contribute to the estimation of export quality and export complexity, analyse the relationship between the two, and explore how both dimensions link to macroeconomic development. You will be part of a larger research program on the empirics of economic growth that regularly collaborates with international development organizations.

The PhD position is embedded in the “Global Economics & Management” department of FEB’s Research Institute. The project will be supervised by Konstantin M. Wacker and Tristan Kohl.

Deadline : 20 May 2024 

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(10) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD position in (opto-)spintronics in van der Waals heterostructures (1.0 FTE) (V24.0244)

We are looking for PhD candidates for our research on combining light, electronics and spins in two-dimensional materials. The goal of the project is to explore the electric control over magnetization through spin-orbit torques using van der Waals heterostructures containing ferroelectrics and/or ferromagnets. We aim to control the spin-orbit torque strength through the electric polarization of a ferroelectric or using (circularly polarized) light, and through van der Waals heterostructure engineering exploiting their angle-dependent moiré patterns. Experience with van der Waals heterostructures/2D materials, optics and/or electronics are a plus, but not a must.

You will use advanced nanofabrication and characterization techniques to fabricate nanodevices based on van der Waals heterostructures which combine strong light-matter interaction, high spin-orbit coupling and magnetism. You will characterize your devices using a combination of optical, electronic and optoelectronic measurement techniques. You will perform measurements at cryogenic temperatures and high magnetic fields using state-of-the-art experimental setups for optical and electronic measurements already present at the OptoSpintronics of Quantum Materials group. You will also have the opportunity to interact with the diverse community of researchers of the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, and to disseminate your research results at international conferences.

Deadline : 20 May 2024

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(11) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD Toward local resilient food systems in developed economies (1.0 FTE) (V24.0236)

Research in food supply chains have focused on the challenges faced by farmers and actors upstream the supply chain in developing economies. In this project, the focus is on investigating local food supply chains based in developed economies, such as the Netherlands. As The Netherlands is one of the largest food producers in the world, it provides an interesting empirical context to study food supply chains. There are several forces that impact farmers and the resilience of the food systems here such as the impact of climate change, various environmental policies and stakeholder pressure for more sustainable products and processes. The purpose of this project is to study how different external drivers influence the resilience of local food supply chains in advanced economies and how do farmers respond to these challenges.

Deadline : 16 May 2024 

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(12) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD Global Supply Chain Management Under Increasing Geopolitical Tensions (1.0 FTE) (V24.0231)

Production networks and supply chains of industries such as apparel, electronics and toys have become highly globalized in the past four decades, a period that was characterized by declining trade barriers and decreasing transportation costs. Outsourcing and offshoring became widely applied strategies for firms seeking cost reduction, market access and quick responses. Recently, however, increasing geo-political tensions between major economic entities such as China, USA, and EU are threatening to reverse the tide of globalization. Such tensions will likely force firms to reconfigure their production networks and supply chain systems. This project aims to provide in-depth insights into firms’ responses to these fundamental changes, particularly multinational firms that have largely outsourced their production processes and diversified their supply chains.

The PhD position is embedded in the research programme Opera of FEB’s Research Institute. The project will be supervised by Dr Chengyong Xiao and Prof. Taco van der Vaart.

Deadline : 16 May 2024

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(13) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD position Photopharmacology (1.0 FTE) (V24.0184)

Without biological membranes, there would be no life as we know it. Transport of molecules and information across these membranes is carried out by integral membrane protein channels, receptors, pumps and transporters. Living cells maintain chemical gradients and electrical potential differences across their membranes using proteins that represent the majority of all current drug targets. Therefore, membrane proteins have been the focus of intense efforts to obtain high resolution macromolecular structure information. However, the current lack of experimental methods to carry out time-resolved structural studies of membrane proteins at physiological temperatures and under physiological gradients leaves a gigantic blind spot is our mechanistic understanding.

This project is a part of an ERC-funded consortium that will address this challenge by bringing together complementary expertise in membrane protein biology, time-resolved structural studies, photochemistry and nano fabrication methods. The role of the PhD working in this position will be to design, synthesize and evaluate new light-activated molecules to deliver protein transport substrates with unprecedented efficiency. Within this team, the PhD student will be supported, among others, by a dedicated postdoc researcher with expertise in quantum chemistry for guiding the development of light-activated molecules.

Deadline : 16 May 2024

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(14) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD positions in Molecular Immunology (2 x 1.0 FTE) (V24.0200)

The UG candidate will utilize newly developed microscopy methods, including Förster resonance energy transfer-fluorescence lifetime imaging (FRET-FLIM), to map SNARE protein trafficking to WPBs. Techniques include FRET-FLIM microscopy, mammalian cell culturing, CRISPR, and molecular cloning.
The Erasmus MC candidate will conduct biochemical assays of WPB cargo secretion and optical assays of WPB exocytosis to determine changes in secretory competence and fusion mode due to altered SNARE sorting. Techniques include high content microscopy, proteomics, total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy, shRNA library screenings, and electron microscopy.

Deadline : 15 May 2024 

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(15) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD in Universality in random trees and graphs (1.0 FTE) (V24.0183)

Randomness and random shapes can be found everywhere around us, for example the shape of a tree is influenced by random interactions both between and within its cells, and random external influences. This random growth causes trees in nature to have self-similar, fractal-like properties. Underlying random growth also makes our backyard oak look remarkably similar to other structures in nature and systems of human design, such as the shape of river systems; the circulatory system in animals; and the connectivity structure of the internet and digital social networks. Broccolis looking like trees is a consequence of a universality principle in random structures: the precise random dynamics of cell growth in the two organisms is different, but those differences have a negligible effect on the overall structure.

The goal of this PhD project is to examine universality in random trees and graphs. (Morally, you will rigorously prove what it takes to look like a broccoli.) The focus will lie on directed graphs (in which edges have directions) and dynamical trees and graphs (in which the connectivity structure evolves over time). This research requires the PhD candidate to develop new combinatorial sampling methods, and to use techniques from (stochastic) analysis to study limiting properties. The PhD candidate will acquire skills that are broadly applicable in combinatorics and analysis, and in discrete and continuous probability theory.

Deadline : 15 May 2024 

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About The University of Groningen, Netherlands  –Official Website

The University of Groningen is a public research university in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. The university was founded in 1614 and is the second-oldest university in the Netherlands. In 2014, the university celebrated its 400th anniversary. Currently, RUG is placed in the top 100 universities worldwide according to three international ranking tables.

The university was ranked 65th in the world, according to Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in 2019. In April 2013, according to the results of the International Student Barometer, the University of Groningen, for the third time in a row, was voted the best university of the Netherlands.

The University of Groningen has eleven faculties, nine graduate schools, 27 research centres and institutes, and more than 175-degree programmes. The university’s alumni and faculty include Johann Bernoulli, Aletta Jacobs, four Nobel Prize winners, nine Spinoza Prize winners, one Stevin Prize winner, royalty, multiple mayors, the first president of the European Central Bank, and a secretary general of NATO.



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