PhD position in Single Molecule Biochemistry and Biophysics (2.0 FTE)

Research / Academic
We are looking for students with backgrounds in biochemistry, physics, engineering, computer science or any other related fields who are motivated to work in an interdisciplinary research environment studying the structure-function relationships of proteins on the single molecule level.

Our research focus is the use and development of biophysical experimental techniques for the study of protein structure/function relationships. We use a combination of single molecule force spectroscopy by optical tweezers, fluorescence-based techniques, standard biochemical characterisation methods and computational analysis to address fundamental biological questions.

For this project, you will become part of the Single Molecule Biochemistry group led by Dr. Katarzyna Tych, which is embedded in the institute GBB. You will have access to a cutting-edge single molecule optical tweezer setup equipped with three-colour fluorescence detection and will receive full training in the use of the instrument.

You will further receive excellent training through innovative research projects, advanced courses and training opportunities, complemented by workshops on generic research, transferable skills and teaching. As a PhD candidate, you are committed to conduct independent and original scientific research, to report on this research in international publications and presentations, and to present the results of the research in a PhD dissertation, to be completed within 4 years. You are expected to contribute 10% of the overall workload to teaching.


You should have the following qualifications:

- a MSc degree with specialization in biochemistry, chemistry, physics, biology or related topics is required
- excellent communication skills and command of the English language
- ability to work independently and in a team
- highly motivated, proactive and diligent
- experience in protein expression and purification or single molecule experiments is an advantage.

Salary Benefits:

We offer in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
- a salary of € 2,325 in the first year to a maximum of € 2,972 gross per month in the final year (PhD salary scale), based on a full-time position
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
- an 8.3 year-end bonus
- minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment.

The position offered is for four years. First you will be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate whether a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School Science and Engineering of the Faculty.

The starting date is flexible
Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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