Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Metabolism Research (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen, located in the north of The Netherlands, enjoys an international reputation as one of the oldest and leading research universities in Europe, currently being ranked on the 66th position in the last Academic Ranking of World Universities. Its Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) harbours programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials to astronomy, from mathematics to pharmacy, from neurosciences to computer science, and from molecular to evolutionary biology. Top-notch research in the field of biomolecular sciences is done in the faculty’s Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB), with twelve vibrant research groups performing research in in biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, cell and systems biology.

The FSE Fellowship programme
The faculty has setup a fellowship programme, offering temporary positions for talented junior researchers who hold a PhD and who want to further develop their research and teaching skills. Within this programme, we can offer you a four-year appointment, during which you will be doing exciting research, and in addition, you will be teaching for approximately 30% of the time. Beyond, you will be offered opportunities for further training and career development. For instance, you will have the opportunity to obtain a University Teaching Qualification, you will have annual meetings with a career counsellor to discuss your career development and plans, and finally you will have a personal budget of a € 1,000 per year at your disposal for additional training and career activities.

Job description

The current opening is in the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute with the Molecular Systems Biology group (Prof. Matthias Heinemann). Specifically, we look for an excellent researcher and teacher with experience in computational approaches for studying cellular metabolism. These computational approaches can encompass methods such as (i) flux balance analysis, (ii) kinetic modeling, or (iii) computational network-based approaches used to extract insights from high-throughput data.

In terms of research, you will have the opportunity to define an exciting research project, connected to the metabolic research done in the Molecular Systems Biology group. In terms of teaching, you will be asked to contribute to teaching in the Bachelor programme Biology. To teach the topic of metabolism to the yearly large influx of first year students, we particularly aim to develop completely new and exciting computational material to teach metabolism in a modern way to undergraduate students.


You have:
• a PhD, obtained no longer than 3 years ago, preferably from another university than the University of Groningen
• a promising research record in computational biology on ideally a metabolism-oriented research question
• affinity with teaching
• an excellent command of English.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
• 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
• 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
• initially an 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 starting salary is dependent on the date you obtained your PhD and your postdoctoral years.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

The preferred starting date is early 2020.

Job Application

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:
• 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).

You can submit your application until 5 January 11:59pm / before 6 january 2020 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Interviews will take place late January 2020, with decision made shortly afterwards.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Matthias Heinemann

Dr Engel G. Vrieling, Secretary of the selection committee

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 219587

Extra informatie kan worden verkregen via een van de volgende links:

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