Prof. dr. ir. Marjolein Dijkstra

Leonard S. Ornstein Laboratory, room 0.64
Princetonplein 1, 3584 CC Utrecht
P.O. Box 80 000, 3508 TA Utrecht
The Netherlands
phone: +31 (0)30 253 3270
secretariat: +31 (0)30 253 2952
phone: +31 (0)30 253 1122


PhD and Postdoc openings:

Applications are invited for PhD and Postdoc positions funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant. Please email m.dijkstra at  for further information.

The aim of this project is to study “the rational design of soft hierarchical materials with life-like functionalities using computer simulations and machine learning”. Projects will involve developing coarse-grained models of soft deformable particles (ligand-stabilised nanoparticles, microgel particles, and hydrogels), using machine learning and atomistic simulations, colloidal self-assembly using particle-based simulations, investigating nucleation and kinetic pathways of phase transformations using enhanced sampling techniques and machine learning, rational design of dynamic materials with adaptive, reconfigurable, and shape-shifting properties.

Bachelor and Master Projects

I am always looking for enthusiastic Bachelor and Master students who wish to participate in the various research projects on theory, simulations, and machine learning of soft-matter systems in my group. Click here for possible research projects

Please email m.dijkstra at for more information.