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Labmanager of Natural Products Laboratory

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Omvang (fte)
1.0 FTE
Intern, Extern
Geplaatst op
08 januari 2019
25 januari 2019

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The Faculty of Science and Institute of Biology are looking for a Labmanager of Natural Products Laboratory (1.0 FTE).

Key responsibilities

The Biomolecular Analysis Facility is a new initiative within the Institute of Biology at Leiden University (IBL). This facility will be open to researchers within the IBL as well as those from outside institutes and companies who require expertise in the characterization various biomolecules. Specific examples of the type or work done in the Biomolecular Analysis Facility includes the analysis of compounds in complex mixtures, e.g. plant, microbe, or animal-based extracts containing a wide range of metabolites such as primary metabolites (e.g. sugar, amino acids, or lipids) and secondary metabolites (e.g. alkaloids, terpenoids, or flavonoids). A diverse range of chromatographic or spectroscopic-based analytical tools such as HPLC, GC and Mass Spectrometry, UV and IR spectroscopy and NMR techniques, etc. are central to the expertise of the facility. The knowledge of chemical fingerprinting using metabolomics or metabolic profiling techniques and structural elucidation of isolated compounds is highly beneficial. 

As manager of the Biomolecular Analysis Facility you will manage and provide service to IBL users and/or external customers with regard to development of HPLC and LC-MS methods and sample analysis as well as the processing and interpretation of the data obtained.

Your key tasks include:

  • HPLC and UHPLC-MS-QToF -based analysis and method development, sample preparation, data processing and reporting;
  • Maintenance of all instrumentation;
  • Manage facility users and customers;
  • Consult and/or instruct users for the development of appropriate methods and how to use the equipment;
  • Train and/or provide guidance/detailed data interpretation/statistical processing;
  • Write the appropriate material and methods section for scientific articles;
  • Follow the technical developments in the field of biomolecular analysis.

Selection criteria

  • You must be proficient in spoken and written English and have good communication skills;
  • You are a team player, but also able to work independently;
  • You take initiative and have a strong interest in academic research;
  • You are experienced with method development for liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry;
  • You have an interest in other analytical techniques such as for example NMR, GC and UV and IR spectroscopy;
  • You have an interest in biological research and natural products;
  • Preferably you hold a PhD in chemistry or biology relevant to the analytical analysis of complex mixtures.

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 driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge 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 is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. 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.

The Institute of Biology (IBL) is positioned in the Faculty of Sciences. The core business of IBL is to perform top quality innovative fundamental and strategic research that will lead to scientific progress, contribute to solutions for societal challenges, and generate industrial opportunities. The Institute is organised in three multidisciplinary clusters: Animal Sciences & Health, Plant Sciences & Natural Products and Microbial Biotechnology & Health. Presently, over 120 FTE (including postdocs and PhDs) are employed at IBL. 

Terms and conditions

We offer a one year term position with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. The salary range is from €2,640 to €4,166 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. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.


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 Klaas Vrieling, telephone +31 71 5275136, email k.vrieling@biology.leidenuniv.nl.


To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than 25 January 2019 an email to sylvius@biology.leidenuniv.nl with a motivation letter, a CV and the names and phone numbers of two referees. Interviews will take place in week 5 or 6. You are kindly requested to be available during this time.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated

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