PhD candidate in structural cell biology and cryo-EM, Institute M4I, division Nanoscopy

Research / Academic

Life science is aiming to understand how gene products or proteins work within their cellular environment in health and disease. Therefore we built a state of the art cryo-LM/EM correlative workflow from cellular localization by light microscopy, milling with focused ion beams, down to cryo-electron tomography, subvolume averaging and image processing to study how these nano-machines work under native conditions.

We seek a talented PhD candidate to join our interdisciplinary team. We develop instruments for the vitrification of thin layers of purified proteins for cryo-EM single particle analysis and cells together with our startup The applicant will focus on improving vitrification of human cells thus allowing mechanistic understaning of how nano machinery works in situ. Besides technique development our research focuses on understanding the nano machinery involved in the pathogenicity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. More details at:

The candidate will work within a team of academic investigators and (industrial) engineers to research and develop a next generation Vitrojet device for optimal vitrification of cells.

Job Title: PhD in structural cell biology and cryo-EM

PhD advisers: Peter J. Peters, Carmen López-Iglesias and Raimond Ravelli

Organisation Unit: Nanoscopy division of the Maastricht Multimodal Molecular Imaging institute (M4I).


We are looking for a hands-on person who is prepared to take a practical, experimental approach within a highly challenging project. Because of the interdisciplinary character of the project, she/he is able to work independently while being a good and pro-active independent team player. She/he holds a master degree in (nano)biology, (bio)chemistry, (bio)physics, (bio)mechanical engineering or related fields. This is an interdisciplinary project involving both science and engineering thereby creating societal impact and commercial value. Good writing and oral communication skills as well as a demonstrated affinity with high-end equipment and/or cell biology are required. Candidates should be fluent in English; knowledge of Dutch is not required.

Salary Benefits:

We offer an enthusiastic working environment within an ambitious international research team for 1.0 FTE. The appointment will be based on a one-year fixed-term contract. During this period you will be given the opportunity to develop the skills and competencies required for the fulfilment of this position. Your performance will be reviewed in an assessment interview. Upon positive assessment this fixed-term contract will be replaced with a contract for another three years. The terms of employment of Maastricht University (MU) are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local MU provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > Support > UM employees

Salary € 2.325,- gross/month growing to € 2.972,- gross/month in the last year. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8,3% per year. We offer a pension scheme, collective insurance schemes, flexible employment conditions, working-from-home facilities and partially paid parental leave. Facilities for sports and child care are available on our campus, which is only 15 minutes away from the historical city centre.

We have a state of the art international school (United World College Maastricht) for children in the age from 2-18 years, equipping them with the attitudes, skills and that provides them access to international universities.

Work Hours:

36 - 40 hours per week


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