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Postdoctoral researcher in the field of supramolecular chemistry

Vacancy number
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
6 October 2020
Closing date
1 November 2020 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Chemistry are looking for a

Postdoctoral researcher in the field of supramolecular chemistry

Project description
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the group of Sander Wezenberg at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry of the Faculty of Science. The candidate will develop new molecular switching motifs and anion receptor types. The project requires a variety of approaches ranging from multi-step organic synthesis, binding and switching studies, to membrane transport assays.

Selection criteria

  • Applicants should have a PhD in Chemistry (or have submitted their thesis before the start date);
  • The ideal candidate will have a solid background in organic synthesis and molecular recognition;
  • Experience with molecular switches and molecular modelling is preferred but not required;
  • Effective communication skills to supervise and train junior researchers in the laboratory is a must;
  • The candidate is encouraged to apply for independent fellowships that will support their future career development.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline. The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is diverse, ranging from mathematics, artificial intelligence, computer science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. For more information, see the website of the Faculty of Science.

The Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is organized around two major research areas: ‘Chemical Biology’ and ‘Energy & Sustainability’. The institute’s research themes illustrate the central position of chemistry between biology, medicine and physics. The various research topics carried out within these themes are ideal for executing interdisciplinary research.

Terms and conditions
The position is available immediately; The candidate should start no later than March 2021. We offer a full-time, one year term position, with the possibility of renewal for up to two more years depending on the performance. Salary range from € 2.790,-  to € 4.402,- gross per month (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information, see the website.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Sander Wezenberg, email s.j.wezenberg@lic.leidenuniv.nl. Further information may also be obtained by visiting our website.

Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae and a motivation letter to  Michelle van der Haar, email: m.haar@chem.leidenuniv.nl. Letters of reference should be available upon request but are not needed at the time of application.”Only applications received no later than 1 November 2020 can be considered.


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