PhD Cryogenic electron microscopy of bacterial virulence factors (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, University of Groningen, V24.0091

Job description

One PhD position is available in the group of Alexander Belyy at the University of Groningen in the field of structural biochemistry of bacterial virulence factors.

Infectious diseases are a leading cause of death worldwide. Using cutting-edge structural biology techniques, we aim to unravel the molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis, laying the groundwork for novel therapeutic approaches.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic research team focused on elucidating the complex interactions between bacterial virulence factors and their host targets. Through the application of modern biochemical and molecular biological methods, as well as advanced techniques such as cryo-electron microscopy, the PhD student will investigate the structure-function relationships of key bacterial proteins involved in infection processes.

Join us in our quest to understand the intricacies of bacterial virulence and to contribute to the global fight against infectious diseases. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of scientific research that has the potential to make an impact on public health.

Job tags: cryo-EM, biochemistry, molecular pathogenesis

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global center of knowledge.


The successful applicant has:

- a Master’s degree in biochemistry, structural biology, molecular biology, chemistry or related disciplines. Prospective graduates are equally encouraged to apply.
- a good command of English (oral and written)
- high motivation to do cool science!

Experience in cryo-EM, protein translation or actin biochemistry will be an advantage.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 4 years.

We offer you, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a salary of € 2,770 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,539 gross per month in the fourth and final year
- a full-time position (1.0 FTE). The successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the next three years is to be expected
- a PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering
- a holiday allowance of 8% of gross annual income
- an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
- minimum of 29 holidays and additional 12 holidays in case of full-time employment

The preferred starting date is summer 2024.

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: - Сover letter (1 page) with background, motivation and contact details of two referees - Curriculum vitae (up to 2 pages), including master's degree, work and research experience You may apply for this position until 15 March 11.59 PM / before 16 March 2024 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). 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: Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: 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. Alexander Belyy

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V24.0091

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