3 Post-doctoral positions in: Single-molecule Protein Sequencing and enzymology


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

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Job description

Several PhD and post-doctoral positions are available in the group of Giovanni Maglia at the University of Groningen in the field of single-molecule protein sequencing and single-molecule enzymology using nanopores. For the PhD position ad see: https://www.rug.nl/about-ug/work-with-us/job-opportunities/?details=00347-02S0009H8P

Biological nanopores are an exciting new class of biosensors, which found practical application is in single-molecule DNA sequencing and single-molecule analysis.
We will focus on designing and engineering biological nanopores to recognize either peptides or individual amino acids in proteins. A wide variety of problems will be tackled, which will require designing nanopore, model protein substrates, engineering unfoldases and proteases. The nanopores will be tested using single-molecule electrophysiology techniques.

Job tags:
Single-molecule enzymology, protein sequencing, chemical biology, biochemistry, biophysics


The successful applicant has:

- a PhD Degree in one of the following expertise: molecular biology, biochemistry, chemical biology, biophysical analysis, advanced data analysis or related disciplines
- experience in molecular biology or biophysical techniques
- a good command of English (oral and written)
- enthusiastic and a team player.

Proficiency in complex data analysis will be an advantage but it is not a requirement.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

We offer stimulating scientific environment, access of state-of-the-art devices and techniques, and a beautiful and modern working environment. Employment possibilities will also become
available at spinout company from the laboratory.

In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a salary from a minimum of € 3,557 gross per month up to a maximum of € 4,670 gross
per month (salary scale 10) based on a full-time position and dependent on qualification
and work experience
- a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
- an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and participation in a pension scheme for employees
- a personal budget of € 1,000 per year that is dedicated for additional training and career
- career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

The successful candidate(s) will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another two or three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year.

The preferred starting date is as soon as possible

Job Application

You may apply for this position by means of the online application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). Please send us a complete application with the below-mentioned supporting documents as a single PDF:

- cover letter with background and motivation
- Curriculum vitae, including PhD and master's degree, work and research experience, and a publication list
- two academic referees with contact details.

Applications should be submitted before September 15, 2022 (until September 14, 23:59 Dutch local time).

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: https://www.rug.nl/[…]/

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): https://www.nvp-hrnetwerk.nl/sollicitatiecode/ and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/code

We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr. Giovanni Maglia

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 222559-61

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