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Postdoctoral researcher in the field of biochemistry

Vacancy number
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
5 August 2021
Closing date
31 August 2021 Vacancy closed

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

Postdoctoral researcher in the field of biochemistry

Description of the project
Zebrafish show a similar biology of glycosphingolipids and consequently offer great research models to study inherited lysosomal disorders and design therapeutic interventions. The department of Medical Biochemistry aims to use genetic modification, chemical biology and analytical chemistry to identify accumulating substrates in zebrafish suffering from a lysosomal glycosidase deficiency. It is looking for a researcher to support its research activities in this direction. This research project is embedded within the research group ‘Medical Biochemistry’.

Selection criteria

  • PhD degree in Biochemistry or equivalent;
  • Good to excellent proficiency in English;
  • Interest in inborn of errors of metabolism;
  • A willingness to learn and apply techniques to address biological questions;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player in a multidisciplinary environment;
  • Required experience: studies with enzymes;
  • Preferred experience: studies with zebrafish.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 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 chemistry and life science research in 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
We offer a full-time position for initially one year, with possible extension for one years after positive evaluation of the progress of the research. 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.

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

Enquiries can be made to Prof.dr Hans Aerts, email j.m.f.g.aerts@lic.leidenuniv.nl). If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact secretary Astrid Vrieling, email a.c.vrieling@lic.leidenuniv.nl, telephone 071 527 4293.

To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than 31 August 2021 an email to the secretary of the Medical Biochemistry group, Astrid Vrieling, email a.c.vrieling@lic.leidenuniv.nl.

Please ensure that you join to your application the vacancy number and the following additional documents:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • An updated CV, including a well-defined publication list;
  • Two written letters of recommendation, including at least one by a former PhD supervisor;
  • A digital copy of your PhD degree.

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