Netherlands : PhD-position on the Physics of Bio-Nanoparticles

 VU University Amsterdam is one of the leading institutions for higher education in Europe and aims to be inspiring, innovative, and committed to societal welfare. It comprises twelve faculties and has teaching facilities for 25,000 students.

Research at the Faculty of Sciences focuses on the areas of Life & Health, Networked World, Fundamentals of Science, and Energy & Sustainability. The faculty’s teaching activities are directly linked to this excellent research. Cooperation with other faculties on the VU University Amsterdam campus generates attractive, high-quality Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes. At international level, the faculty cooperates closely with leading scientific institutes and other partners. In the context of the VU University Amsterdam management programme, the faculty is cooperating closely with the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences in the area of research as well as teaching.

Within the Department Physics and Astronomy, physics of life is a major research and educational theme. The research section Physics of Living Systems is internationally renowned for molecular-to-cell-level biophysics research on viruses, motor proteins, DNA-binding proteins and the cytoskeleton. The section is part of the Institute of Lasers, Life and Biophotonics (LaserLaB) Amsterdam and is equipped with unique microscopy instrumentation and excellent facilities for biological research on the cellular and molecular scale. The section is involved in many (inter)national collaborations and has a strong international atmosphere.

The current opening is focused on the biophysical properties of nanoparticles & proteins, studied by advanced Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) approaches. In particular we want to develop a versatile flow-cell system for imaging and manipulation of natural occurring nanoparticles such as viruses and vesicles, but also for performing force spectroscopy experiments on single proteins and DNA-protein interactions. The project is mainly focused on fundamental biophysical research, but there is a clear technique development component as well. The PhD position is a shared position between the lab of Wouter Roos and the lab of Gijs Wuite, both group leaders at the Physics department of VU University Amsterdam.

The PhD-student will experimentally study the above described biophysical systems and participate in technique development in the field of AFM and optical microscopy. The main research technique is Atomic Force Microscopy.

The candidate must be a talented, ambitious and highly motivated researcher with and fulfill the following requirements:
• MSc. degree in physics, chemistry, biology or a related field;
• have a strong interest in interdisciplinary, experimental research;
• preferably have knowledge of and experience with AFM;
• preferably have knowledge of and experience with computer programming.

Further particulars
The appointment will be initially for one year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years.

You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at like:
• remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
• a minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
• generous contribution (70%) commuting allowance based on public transport.

The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and amounts € 2.062,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.664,- in the fourth year (salary scale 85) based on a full-time employment.

For additional information please contact:

Dr. W.H. Roos
phone: +31 20 59 83974

Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae and three references (name(s) and e-mail address(es). The position remains open until filled, but in case a suitable candidate is found the position might be filled before the application deadline.

Please send your application before the 30th of September 2014 to:

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Sciences
To the attention of Dr. W.H. Roos
De Boelelaan 1081
1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Further Information

Application Deadline : 30 September 2014

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