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Postdoctoral researcher in Biochemistry of Microbial Growth & Development

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06 oktober 2020
01 november 2020

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

Postdoctoral researcher in Biochemistry of Microbial Growth & Development

Key responsibilities
Actinobacteria are microorganisms that thrive in most environments and produce a wealth of bioactive natural products. They withstand challenging conditions by synthesizing a stress-bearing cell wall, which is highly conserved in bacteria. Our research focuses on growth and morphogenesis of filamentous Actinobacteria. For this project, we are looking for an excellent biochemist who is excited by cell-wall synthesis and cell division in Actinobacteria. In particular, we will further our understanding of peptidoglycan synthesis in space and time in these bacteria. The highly motivated postdoctoral researcher will investigate the function of key biosynthetic proteins required for peptidoglycan synthesis, during growth and division. The postdoc will become part of a diverse and interdisciplinary research team. Our strength is the shared passion in and collaborative nature of our research.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree with a strong background in biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology;
  • Strong affinity with biochemical techniques necessary to perform structure-function studies on cell wall biosynthetic enzymes and to investigate cell wall architecture;
  • An excellent publication record;
  • A critical mindset with the ability to think outside the box, with a can-do and collaborative attitude;
  • Excellent grasp of the English language and proven proficiency in scientific writing;
  • Experience in supervising students and/or technicians.

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 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 2,200 staff and almost 4,200 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.

Terms and conditions   
We offer a full-time 1 year term position, with the possibility of 2 year renewal based on need, funding and performance  (3 years in total). 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 Gilles van Wezel, email g.wezel@biology.leidenuniv.nl or Dennis Claessen, email D.Claessen@biology.leidenuniv.nl.

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to jobs@biology.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • Motivation letter;
  • CV (incl grade list);
  • Names and contact details of two referees.           

Only applications received no later than 1 November 2020 can be considered.


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