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Postdoc candidate in analytical chemistry / mass spectrometry / proteomics

Vacancy number
Job type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
External/ internal
Placed on
14 December 2021
Closing date
15 February 2022 Vacancy closed

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

Postdoc candidate in analytical chemistry / mass spectrometry / proteomics

Vacancy number: 21-648

Key responsibilities

Chemical proteomics is a driving force in biomedicinal and biotechnological research. The Leiden Institute of Chemistry specializes in the development and application of activity-based protein profiling to discover, annotate and manipulate enzymes, or enzyme families, in the context of complex biological systems: a cell extract, a tissue culture or a (model) organism. At the heart of our chemical proteomics research is our mass spectrometry facility with equipment dedicated to the identification and quantification of proteins captured by our activity-based probe. The post-doctoral researcher we are looking for will operate the mass spectrometry equipment and help develop assays with (PhD) students and postdoctoral researchers working on a variety of chemical proteomics programs related to immunology/antigen processing; glycobiology and molecular physiology. The candidate is thus an experienced proteomics or metabolomics researcher with affinity for, or an interest in, chemical biology research.

Selection Criteria

  • PhD-degree in analytical biochemistry or equivalent;
  • Proven affinity for proteomics, mass spectrometry and/or biochemistry;
  • Proficient in English;
  • Excellent communication skills.

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 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 https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/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’. Our environment and quality of life is largely determined by chemistry, therefore research at the forefront of molecular and the life sciences is of utmost importance for our future. For example, the next generation of solar cells or batteries, and the improvement of existing as well as the development of new drugs rely on smart chemical solutions. Knowledge of catalysis, synthesis and biological processes on molecular scale will enable us to discover novel processes and products that range from new materials to pharmaceuticals.

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 temporary position, initially for one year and with the option to extend for another two years based on good performance. Salary ranges from € 3,408 to € 4,474 gross per month based on a full time (1.0 fte) employment, (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 Dr. Bobby Florea (b.florea@chem.leidenuniv.nl). Information about the Leiden Institute of Chemistry can be found at https://lic.leidenuniv.nl/ and about Leiden University at https://workingat.leiden.edu/.


To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to the secretariat Mrs. Jessica van Krimpen, e-mail: j.e.van.krimpen@lic.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • Letter of motivation addressed to Dr. Bobby Florea, including a statement why you are suited for this position;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Three references, including names, affiliations and email addresses.

Only applications received no later than February 15th, 2022 can be considered.

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