Postdoc position in the field of single-molecule biophysics

Research / Academic

The successful candidate will investigate investigate protein-nucleic acids interactions using high-throughput force and fluorescence spectroscopy approaches, such as magnetic tweezers (MT) and total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRFM).


We are seeking for

  • an outstanding experimentalist with experience in mechanical engineering, biophysics, biotechnology, and/or physics. Experience in optics, computer programming (LabVIEW, Python, Matlab, C++, etc.) and/or quantitative investigation of protein-nucleic acids interactions.
  • a creative and hard-working and very collaborative individual with strong work ethic, interested in crossing research fields between biology, physics, and data science.

They will successfully develop and combine different expertise in physics, biology and data science to unravel fundamental aspect in gene expression regulation in viruses and cells. Proficiency in English (both speaking and writing) is required.

Salary Benefits:

We offer guidance and help so you can develop the skills and experience to become an independent scientist. In addition, we offer an intellectually challenging position in a socially engaged organisation. At VU Amsterdam, you contribute to education, research and service for a better world. And that is valuable. So in return for your efforts, we offer you:

  • a competitive salary
  • The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of 3 years.

We also offer you attractive fringe benefits and arrangements. Some examples:

  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
  • A full-time 38-hour working week comes with a holiday leave entitlement of 232 hours per year. If you choose to work 40 hours, you have 96 extra holiday leave hours on an annual basis. For part-timers, this is calculated pro rata.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • discount on (and occasionally exclusive access to) theater performances and courses at the Griffioen Cultural Center

De Boelelaan 1085