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Postdoctoral Researcher Mass Spectrometry

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19 september 2023
31 oktober 2023 Vacature gesloten

Do you have a passion for drug discovery and want to contribute to diverse research projects embedded in the Oncode-Accelerator consortium using mass-spectrometry-based chemoproteomics? Do you want to work in an international team of excellent, interdisciplinary researchers? You might be our new Postdoctoral Researcher Mass Spectrometry-based Chemoproteomics.

The Faculty of Science, the Leiden Institute of Chemistry and the Department of Molecular Physiology are looking for a

Postdoctoral Researcher Mass Spectrometry-based Chemoproteomics

You are embedded in the Department of Molecular Physiology of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry at Leiden University and the Oncode-Accelerator consortium, which is a public-private consortium funded by the National Growth Fund to accelerate the discovery of safe and effective anti-cancer drugs.
Your research will make important contributions to the drug discovery process with various applications in cancer and other diseases. You will work in an excellent, interdisciplinary and dynamic team of researchers with diverse backgrounds. You will perform a variety of tasks in this position:

  • Development and establishment of new mass spectrometric methods
  • Development and establishment of new workflows for chemoproteomic experiments
  • Operation and maintenance of high-end proteomics mass spectrometers (Qexactive HF, timsTOF HT)
  • Establishment of data analysis workflows for chemoproteomic experiments
  • Contribute to drug discovery projects within Oncode Accelerator
  • Supervision of undergraduate and PhD-students
  • Presentation of your research results in internal and external meetings
  • Publication of your research results in peer-reviewed journals

The ideal candidate:

  • has a PhD degree or equivalent in chemistry, chemical biology, drug discovery or a related field and a passion for drug discovery
  • has experience with wet-lab experiments in a biochemistry or proteomics laboratory
  • has experience with running mass spectrometry-based proteomic experiments
  • has experience with data analysis of mass spectrometry-based proteomic experiments
  • has excellent proficiency in the English language
  • is a team player that is passionate to contribute to an excellent and dynamic team of researchers

We offer
We are offering an inspiring work environment consisting of a diverse team of excellent researchers in the field of drug discovery with a proven, internationally outstanding track record. Through the facilities of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry and the new possibilities of the Oncode-Accelerator consortium, we are offering world-leading facilities to perform the described research with all required infrastructure in place (e.g. Qexactive HF and timsTOF HT mass spectrometers, liquid handling robot, cell culture facilities). We are engaged in a variety of drug discovery projects with applications for cancer and other diseases, which will give the possibility to the candidate to contribute to a large variety of projects.

The position starts as soon as possible. We offer a position for 12 months that can upon satisfactory performance be extended for one to three more year(s). You will be appointed in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The salary ranges from € 3.226,- to € 5.090,- gross per month, depending on experience (pay scale 10).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development. 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. For more information, see the website.


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Do you have questions about this position?
Please contact Dr. Stephan Hacker (Assistant Professor), s.m.hacker@lic.leidenuniv.nl. For more information about the recruitment process, please contact Jessica van Krimpen-Kraaijenoord (Management Assistant), j.e.van.krimpen@lic.leidenuniv.nl.

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Are you enthusiastic about this vacancy? We are looking forward to get to know you. Please apply via the blue button. The closing date is 31 October 2023. Please ensure that you include the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • Motivation letter;
  • Full curriculum vitae, including a list of publications;
  • Contact details of at least three persons who can be contacted for reference.

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