Postdoc with interest in Atomic Force Microscopy

Research / Academic

Are you an experienced researcher with a PhD interested in continuing your pursuit of scientific questions in a diverse, ambitious, and competitive environment? Are you someone with the desire to improve your mentorship skills, develop your own research ideas, establish new collaborations, and pursue new funding opportunities? We have a vacancy for a postdoc in Atomic Force Microscopy, with possibility to work part-time. Will you join our team?

What will you be doing?
We, the Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter Laboratory (PCC), have an open postdoctoral position available in the research domain of Atomic Force Microscopy. Your role will be to strengthen and establish promising collaborative research lines in PCC and at Wageningen University and Research (WUR). You will be part of a team of experienced and ambitious postdocs striving for scientific excellence within the stated science domain. Simultaneously, you will develop your own research vision and ideas, and talent in supervision and establishing new collaborations. This position offers extensive scientific freedom to pursue your own interests and obtain preliminary data as you are expected to pursue your own funding opportunities. You are expected to apply for your own funding (e.g NWO talent program Veni). You will be provided with coaching and mentorship in grant writing.
You will be offered the ability to work closely together with existing PhD candidates within PCC to develop your own leadership and mentorship abilities.

PCC is a group of likeminded scientists interested in phenomena where creative chemistry is essential, complex physics is a rule rather than an exception and biology comes to life. See the introductory video below about PCC, who we are and what we do:

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We are looking for talented Post-Doctoral Researchers for a position in the area of nanoscale microscopy and spectroscopy for the development and application of Atomic Force Microscopy based techniques to unravel puzzling questions in biomolecular and soft matter sciences. The Ruggeri subgroup pushes the boundaries and capabilities of methods of analysis of modern physics and chemistry, such as scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy, to unravel biomolecular processes in health and disease, as well as to characterise functional biomaterials. A deep knowledge of Scanning Probe Microscopy is required. Expertise in AFM coupled to vibrational spectroscopy and spectra data analysis is highly advantageous.


Besides your willingness to learn, mentor PhD students, presentation skills and ambition:

  • you have a PhD in a relevant field for PCC. Postdoc experience is a bonus;
  • you have the ambition to pursue an academic scientific career;
  • you have the ability and ambition to establish new international collaborations within and between research groups at WUR;
  • of course you are fluent in English (C2 level).

Salary Benefits:

Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:

  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation / holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.

In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between €2.846,- and €4.490,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10). Additionally, a reduced hour contract (0.8/0.6 full-time equivalent) can be discussed.

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the Best University in the Netherlands for the 17th consecutive time.

Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

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Work Hours:

38 hours per week