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Vacancy

Postdoc, (Unlocking Nature’s Pharmacy from Bogland Species)

Vacancy number
22-305
Function type
Academic staff
External/ internal
External
Location
Leiden
Placed on
17 May 2022
Closing date
24 June 2022 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Science and Institute of Biology is looking for a :

Postdoc, (Unlocking Nature’s Pharmacy from Bogland Species)
Vacancy number: 22-305

Key responsibilities 
The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in the research program of Unlocking Nature’s Pharmacy from Bogland Species: Vertical farming, a revolution in plant production collaborated with Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (TCS). The research program aims at chemical profiling and identification of bioactive metabolites from the bogland species in Ireland. The research consortium of the research program included a multitude of research groups including Leiden University (Leiden, The Netherlands) and several groups of with Trinity College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland), all of which contribute to the research program with their own expertise. In this research consortium, the postdoctoral researcher will perform the metabolomics investigation of the bogland species, for which NMR, LC (UHPLC)-MS and GC-MS as well as isolation and identification of target compounds, aiming at uncovering bioactive metabolites. 

Selection Criteria 
•    PhD in life sciences (analytical chemistry and phytochemistry are preferable)
•    Knowledge of plant metabolism, phytochemistry including both primary and secondary metabolites
•    Knowledge of basic statistics and multivariate data analysis
•    Work experience of NMR spectroscopy and Mass spectrometry 
•    Work experience of isolation and identification of natural products
•    Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills. 
•    Strong ability to work in a team

Research at our faculty
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   and  https://workingat.leiden.edu/ 

The Institute for Biology
The research within the Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL) aims to work on the science base of biodiversity and health, which is reflected in our leading principle Harnessing Biodiversity for Health. We perform innovative curiosity-driven research to answer fundamental questions, and solutions-driven research to help solving major societal challenges. The latter include protecting nature’s biodiversity, creating sustainable biotechnology and agriculture and increasing good health. Our research focuses on four Research Themes: Bioactive Molecules, Host-Microbe Interactions, Development & Disease and Evolution & Biodiversity. Located in a thriving scientific environment with our Faculty of Sciences,  Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, the Leiden University Medical Centre and the Leiden Bioscience Park, IBL offers an exciting, internationally oriented and inclusive place to work and study. 

Terms and conditions  
We offer a full-time, 2-year term position. Salary range from € 2,846 to € 4,490 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. 

Diversity
Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Information 
Enquiries can be made to Associate Professor, Young Hae Choi (y.h.choi@biology.leidenuniv.nl). If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Sylvia Maas (jobs@biology.leidenuniv.nl).

Applications 
To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to jobs@biology.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents (combined in a single PDF file) quoting the vacancy number:
•    Application letter describing the required experience for the position
•    Curriculum vitae
•    Contact details of two referees who may be asked for a reference letter.      

Only applications received before June 24th, 2022 can be considered.

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