Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Analyst

Research / Academic

To enable the research on DNA- and RNA-replication in the Nynke Dekker Lab, we perform extensive protein purification to support biophysical experiments. We are looking for a skilled analyst with experience in molecular biology and biochemistry to support a research project on DNA replication wherein we study the activity of purified protein complexes in single-molecule experiments. This position requires a balance between hands-on technical and scientific skills in the support of biophysical research and creative thinking-along with the researchers. The successful candidate will actively participate in the implementation, problem-solving and development of state-of-the-art laboratory protocols as well as provide expert advice in molecular biology and biochemistry to the members of the team. This can be either a part-time or a full-time position. The position is offered as a one-year contract with the possibility of extension as indicated.

Academic research is highly dynamic, and responsibilities may change frequently! The core responsibilities are:

  • Conceptually understand the molecular biology and biochemistry necessities underlying biophysical experimentation
  • Maintain a stock of purified protein complexes for use in biophysical experimentation
  • Design and implement enhanced laboratory protocols following examination of scientific literature and discussion with researchers
  • Investigate experimental methods or equipment to further enhance laboratory protocols
  • Help to maintain a clean and safe laboratory environment in conjunction with fellow analysts and researchers
  • (Co-)author publications with other researchers to document the results of your work.


Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • Strong background in experimental molecular biology and biochemistry.
  • Professional experience in laboratory work in a team setting.
  • Excellent knowledge of protein purification from bacterial and yeast cells, hands-on operating experience with state-of-the-art purification and analysis tools.
  • Knowledge of bacterial or eukaryotic cell culturing.
  • Experience in molecular cloning techniques.
  • Aptitude for understanding scientific concepts.
  • Good scientific communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate in a multidisciplinary environment ranging from physics and biophysics to biology.
  • Proven ability to run a project and keep it on track.
  • Working proficiency in English.
  • You should have permission to work in the EU, citizenship or a work permit through a partner.
  • A PhD degree is a plus but not a formal requirement.  

Salary Benefits:

  • The salary is based on scale 8-9, with a maximum of € 4012, -gross per month on a fulltime basis, according to the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities, plus 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • An excellent pension scheme via the ABP.
  • The possibility to compile an individual employment package every year.
  • Discount with health insurers.
  • Flexible working week.
  • Every year, 232 leave hours (at 38 hours). You can also sell or buy additional leave hours via the individual choice budget.
  • Plenty of opportunities for education, training and courses.
  • Partially paid parental leave
  • Attention for working healthy and energetically with the Health Coach Program.
Work Hours:

38 - 40 hours per week


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