Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Biophysics
The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential global ranking lists.
The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Our programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials and biomachinery to astronomy, from mathematics to pharmacy, from neurosciences to computer science, and from molecular and evolutionary biology to engineering and technology.
On top of its track record of research excellence, the Faculty offers a large number of bachelor’s degree programmes (overseen by our Undergraduate School of Science and Engineering) and master’s degree programmes (overseen by our Graduate School of Science and Engineering). Nearly all of our bachelor’s (BSc) and master’s degree programmes (MSc) are fully English-taught, thus allowing students from all over the world to follow a degree programme with us.
The FSE Fellowship programme
Our unique FSE fellowship programme offers temporary positions for talented junior researchers who want to further develop both their research and teaching skills. You will have an appointment for four years during which you can do challenging research, have various teaching responsibilities (approximately 30% of the time), and be offered opportunities for training and career orientation.
From the start, you will have a personal Work and Development Plan (WDP) that describes the specific research, teaching and training activities that you will undertake. You will receive didactic training in your first year and have the opportunity to obtain a University Teaching Qualification. In addition to the yearly Result and Development Interviews with your supervisors, you will have a yearly meeting with a career counsellor to discuss your career development and plans.
A personal budget of a € 1,000 per year is dedicated for additional training and career activities.
We currently offer 15 fellow positions in a broad range of scientific fields. The preferred starting date of the fellows is before April 2019.
We offer one fellow position in the field of Molecular Biophysics in the group of Prof. dr. W. H. Roos at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials. Research topics in this experimental lab include virus self-assembly and mechanics, (membrane) protein dynamics and physics of liposomes, vesicles and exosomes. Techniques that are used in the lab are Atomic Force Microscopy, Optical Tweezers and (super resolution) fluorescence microscopy.
The teaching activities are in the area of bio-medical engineering, and the foundations and methods of biophysics. You act in courses where design and engineering aspects meet (often experimental) research aspects, such as for example the courses Methodical Design 1, 2, 3. You give lectures related to the design process and supervise student groups that perform a design assignment. You supervise students during their bachelor’s project, especially when they have a design assignment. You contribute to lectures that use a background in experimental bioscience (modern topics, methods, instrumentation, approaches to analysis), with an emphasis on biophysics research rather than biochemistry research.
• a PhD, obtained no longer than 3 years ago, preferably from another university than the University of Groningen
• a promising research record
• affinity with teaching; individuals with actual teaching experience will be favoured
• an excellent command of English.
Conditions of employment
The University of Groningen offers a starting salary depending on the date you obtained your PhD and your postdoctoral years. The UFO-profile Researcher/Lecturer (scale 10) applies. In addition to the primary salary the University offers 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%:
• 0 years: € 3,255 gross per month for a fulltime position
• 1 year: € 3,389 gross per month for a fulltime position
• 2 years € 3,514 gross per month for a fulltime position
• 3 years € 3,637 gross per month for a fulltime position.
You will have an initial appointment of one year that will be extended by 3 years if you perform satisfactorily. The fellowship will not be extended after the four years period.
The University of Groningen provides career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.
The University of Groningen has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
The preferred starting date is before April 2019.
You may apply for this position until 25 November 23:59h / before 26 November 2018 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).
Interested candidates are invited to submit a complete application including:
• a letter of motivation
• a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
• a short description (max 1 A4) of your teaching interests (extra attachment 1)
• a short description (max 1 A4) of your scientific field of interest (extra attachment 2).
In this stage of recruitment we don’t ask for reference letters.
Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.
For information you can contact:
• For general information: Yvonne Folkers, Coordinator of the FSE Fellowship Programme, Y.Folkers@rug.nl
• For substantive information: Wouter Roos, chair of Molecular Biophysics, email@example.com
Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.
• Information on the Research Institute
Postdoc position – Prof. Kaori Sugihara Laboratory
Antimicrobial peptides (AMP) are small molecules (< 10 kDa) that our body produces right after it is infected by pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. They are the common weapons against different types of pathogens as the first line of defense (innate immunity). There are tens of kinds of AMPs in our bodies and their expression level is different in each organ. The current center of debate is why there are so many different kinds of AMPs and how that is linked to their diverse functions? Recently, synergistic effects between 2 types of AMPs have been reported, where bacteria die only when 2 types of AMPs are mixed. However, its mechanism is unknown.
Goal of the project
To understand the mechanism of AMP synergistic effects, we study the interaction between AMP mixtures and cell membranes by methods in physical chemistry; electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), single channel measurements, fluorescence spectroscopy, circular dichroism (CD), quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) etc.
Prerequisites are PhD in fields such as physics, chemistry and biochemistry. The position offers a full employment. Highly-motivated students who are interested in pursuing a research career would be encouraged to apply. Starting date is early 2018. The selection procedure starts as soon as we received qualified candidates till the position is filled.
How to apply
The project is for a postdoc. For general information, please visit our website. If you would like to apply, please send an application including (1) Motivation letter, (2) Your complete CV, (3) Full contact information of two professional references with phone and email. The entire application material should be sent as a single email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research Technician – Crystallization and Biophysical Characterization
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Staff Category: Staff Member
Contract Duration: 3 years (renewable)
Grading: 4, 5 or 6 depending on experience and qualifications
Closing Date: 18 March 2018
Reference Number: HH_00131
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is one of the highest ranked scientific research organisations worldwide. The Headquarters Laboratory is located in Heidelberg (Germany), with additional sites in Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Hinxton near Cambridge (UK), Rome (Italy).
The European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s Outstation in Hamburg offers an international and stimulating environment for structural molecular biology research. It operates three highly brilliant synchrotron beamlines for protein crystallography and SAXS. The Sample Preparation and Characterization Facility (SPC) allows visitors (internal and external users) to apply quality assessments to their macromolecular samples to obtain the most optimal conditions for structural studies. It is hosted next to the EMBL beamlines with an extension to the Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB).
The EMBL SPC facility has a strong track record in the development and implementation of new technologies dedicated to structural biology approaches. The facility includes a large high-throughput crystallization platform and a wide array of instruments for molecular biophysics. The postholder will be trained on different biophysical characterization techniques and is expected to perform crystallization experiments. He/She will operate and maintain the equipment, and participate in the training of users. The successful applicant is expected to provide day-to-day support to the EMBL and international user community that will use the facility for routine and designed experimental services.
Qualifications and Experience
Applicants are expected to have a bachelor degree in a relevant field (biology, chemistry or related experience in biotechnology or biochemistry is essential. Experience in protein purification using ÄKTA systems, knowledge in protein crystallization and/or the use of biophysical instrumentation will be considered advantageous. Excellent communication skills and the ability to collaborate with other researchers are essential. Good knowledge of desktop software applications is required. Fluency in English is mandatory and German language skills are desirable.
Please apply online through www.embl.org/jobs
Interviews are planned to take place on 4 April 2018.
EMBL is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer offering attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation with a very collegial and family friendly working environment. The remuneration package comprises from a competitive salary, a comprehensive pension scheme, medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial support for relocation and installation, including your family.
Please note that appointments on fixed term contracts can be renewed, depending on circumstances at the time of the review.
Tenure-track Assistant Professor Molecular to Cellular-scale Biophysics, Zernike Institute, University of Groningen
Since its founding in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education, offering high- quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, the University of Groningen is truly an international place of knowledge.
The Faculty of Science and Engineering has a vacancy for a tenure-track assistant professor in Molecular to Cellular-scale Biophysics in the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials.
We offer a challenging position in a stimulating, diverse international research environment in a world-class academic institute with a multi-disciplinary research programme that encourages close collaborations between theoretical and experimental groups with different expertise. The Faculty has a wide range of international degree programmes and practically all courses are taught in English.
We are looking for an outstanding biophysicist, who is an enthusiastic teacher and is able to start internationally recognized new research nitiatives based on molecular to cellular-scale biophysics. Possible research topics include, but are not limited to, exploiting novel microscopic and spectroscopic techniques to better understand complex biomolecules and assemblies, hybrid biomolecular materials and essential processes of life.
Synergy with ongoing research programmes at the Zernike Institute is an advantage (but exact overlap of a research line with a Zernike staff member is not desirable). We will support the candidate with an attractive start-up package, access to local state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities, which are constantly being improved to strengthen our program.
We seek candidates with:
- a PhD degree and at least two years of postdoctoral experience abroad (industrial experience can partially compensate for this requirement);
- excellent research qualities, as evidenced by a publication record in international peer-reviewed journals and renowned conferences, and a relevant international network;
- teaching and organizational experience appropriate to the career stage;
- experience with acquisition of external funding appropriate to the career stage;
- team players with good communications skills;
- fluent in English;
- willing to fulfil the requirements for the University Teaching Qualification;
- willing to learn the Dutch language.
Conditions of employment
The University of Groningen offers a gross monthly salary dependent on qualifications and work experience from € 3,475 (salary scale 11 Dutch Universities) up to a maximum of € 5,405 (scale 12) gross per month for a full-time position. The appointment will be initially for a maximum of 7 years at the level of tenure-track Assistant Professor. After 5 years an assessment of performance based on established criteria will take place (see for details Career paths in Science edition 3). If the outcome of the assessment is positive, the Assistant Professor will be promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. There will be another assessment at the end of a further 4-7 year period for the promotion to Full Professor.
Please note that although we are primarily scouting for a junior faculty member, a senior candidate with exceptional qualifications may be appointed at higher (e.g. Associate Professor) level after consultation of the Zernike Institute’s Scientific director with the dean.
The salary will show an annual increase within the scale. In addition to the primary salary the University offers 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3%.
The University of Groningen is an equal-opportunity employer and has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The University of Groningen provides career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.
You may apply for this position at least until March 15th 2018 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website). The applications will be separately considered as soon as possible after the submission and the
application form will remain active until the position is filled. We expect to inform candidates about our decision around April 5th and the interviews are scheduled for May 7th and 8th 2018 (please block these dates in your agenda, there are no alternative dates available).
Interested candidates are kindly asked to submit a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae (including 5 references), a list of publications, a list of five self-selected “best papers” (not copies of the papers), a statement on teaching goals and experience, and a brief description of her/his scientific research plans (maximum: 3 pages).
Response to this vacancy by employment agencies is not appreciated.
For information you can contact:
• Prof. dr. ir. C.H. van der Wal, Scientific Director of the Zernike Institute, +31 50 3634843, email@example.com for general information on the institute.
• Prof. dr. W.H. Roos, Professor Molecular Biophysics, +31 50 363 9883, for specific information on the position. (please do not use for applications)
The Francis Crick Institute – Senior Laboratory Research Scientist, Protein Expression, Purification and Characterization
The Francis Crick Institute seeks to recruit a protein scientist to support institute-wide projects relating to generation and application of recombinant proteins.
This is a full-time, 4-year, fixed-term position on Crick Terms and Conditions of Employment.
For the details please check pdf document.
Open position for Scientific Director of Biophysics Research Center, Scientific Park, Biscay
Biophysics Research Center is a science institute in frontier research and translational excellence at a molecular and cell level in the field of biophysics and their application in the areas of biotechnology and health. The Centre aims at serving as a channel for bringing the interest of basic research in biophysics closer to the productive and service sectors of our society.
Biophysics Research Center is part of the network of Basque excellence Research Centers BERCs funded by the Basque Government, in alliance with the Biofisika Institute of CSIC and the University of the Basque Country.
Once the Center has successfully moved to a brand new research building with state of the art facilities at the Scientific Campus of the University of the Basque Country near Bilbao, the Biophysics Research Center is now looking for a new Scientific Director that will lead the future development of the Center. The new Scientific Director should prove excellent scientific quality paired with human resources leadership that will lead the consolidation of the center for the future years. Applicants should have a strong scientific background in any of the areas of expertise of the Center.
The Scientific Director should be a person with a proven research track record in the area of biophysics and at least 15 years research experience after the completion of the PhD. She/He should also have experience in managing a research institution and have international reputation in the field. The candidates may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted projects, awards, prizes etc.
The position will carry competitive salary and excellent conditions of work. The envisaged starting date of the position will be early 2018 (or at the earliest convenience of the appointed candidate).
Only researchers with a solid research track, senior level and international research experience will be considered.
Duties and responsibilities
Reporting to the Board and to the Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC) of the research center, the Scientific Director as leader of the research center will:
• Implement the strategy for the 2018 – 2021 period.
• Define the long term research strategy and research lines of the center.
• Propose and deploy the annual scientific plan of the center.
• Set and be responsible for the accomplishment of the overall objectives of the center.
• Obtain national and international research funding.
• Identify and attract the necessary research personnel at senior and junior level, with a special commitment to coaching, mentoring and development of Research Line leaders.
• Develop the international research connections of the center.
• Be capable and skilled at media relations and public speaking with both scientific and lay audiences.
Recognised scientific excellence in the field of biophysics:
• The Scientific Director should be a person with a proven track record in the area of biophysics and at least 15 years research experience after the completion of the PhD.
• Leadership in human resources in science – at least 5 years track record in managing science and research teams on various levels and skills and experience in supporting and nurturing new scientists.
• Demonstrated experience and a long-term successful track record in obtaining research funding and managing and directing scientific research programmes, including a commitment to scientific excellence and accompanying energy, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking necessary to facilitate and foster research efforts at the forefront of science.
• Strong sense of responsibility, initiative and self-motivation along with an ambition to develop the research center to a world-class standard.
• Proven capacity to take decisions, both at strategic and operational level.
• Language: English proficiency
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, including a brief description of research and leadership experience and CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Opening date: September 18th, 2017.
• Closing date: October 16th, 2017 (17:00 PM, CET).
1. Collection of CVs until the end of the call.
2. Pre-screening of candidates by Selection Committee.
3. Interviews of preselected candidates by Selection Committee in Bilbao.
4. Final appointment: decision by the Board.
• Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
• Appointment to start in early 2018 or at the earliest convenience of the selected candidate.
Dear Friends & Collaborators,
I thought I would also reach out to you in the process of filling a postdoc position in my lab in Finland. The project deals with structures of myelin membrane proteins, as well as the formation of multilayered proteolipid membrane structures at the molecular level. While the suitable background by default is related to biophysics/structural biology, good candidates with other backgrounds, possibly ranging from computational biophysics to molecular cell biology and everything in between, will be considered. The project can be fitted accordingly, as funding exists for two postdocs and I am only advertising for one at this point.
For more details about the position and the environment, please see the full advert:
Applications must be submitted through the online system, and applications sent by email will NOT be considered.
Department of Biomedicine
University of Bergen, Norway
Group Leader, Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
University of Oulu, Finland
PhD position available on integrative structural biology of the auditory system in Paris
A Marie Skłodowska-Curie funded PhD position is available in the NMR group at the Pasteur Institute of Paris. The project focuses on the role of multi-domain scaffolding proteins in the auditory transduction machinery. Our integrative structural biology approach based on NMR, SAXS and crystallography is developed in close collaboration with biologists from the Neurosciences department (Pr Christine Petit). We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a background in protein biochemistry and biophysics, ideally with some experience in structural determination (NMR and/or X-rays diffractions).
This PhD fellowship is part of the EU-funded project, PDZnet, which is an ambitious interdisciplinary and innovative European Training Network (ETN) under the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (please visit www.pdznet.eu) comprising 11 academic research groups and 3 industrial partners across 6 European countries.
Find a more detailed description of the position at :