Phd Position In Plant Developmental Plasticity (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University


July 4, 2021


PhD position in Plant Developmental Plasticity (1.0 FTE)

Job description

We are looking for an enthusiastic, communicative, and highly motivated PhD student with experience in plant molecular biology. You will be working on an NWO-TTW funded project, within the large Lettuceknow program (see below for more information and the website for additional vacancies). You will join a team of 18 PhD students, post-docs, and technicians working in Utrecht, Wageningen, and Leiden.


We are seeking a driven, creative and collaborative candidate with a keen interest to learn and the motivation to work in an ambitious and international research environment.

  • an MSc degree (or equivalent) in the area of molecular plant sciences;
  • expertise in molecular techniques;
  • strong communication and English language skills;
  • the ability to think critically and creatively;
  • you are organized and efficient.
  • We would like for you to have:

  • interest to learn/expertise with bioinformatics related gene expression and/or quantitative genetics;
  • experience in plant developmental biology;
  • affiliation with plant-environment interactions.
  • Offer

  • an exciting project that will investigate a relatively unexplored, but highly relevant research area;
  • a full-time position for 4 years;
  • a full-time gross salary starting at €2,395 in the first year and increasing to €3,061 in the fourth year (scale P Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao));
  • benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.
  • In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

    About the organization

    You will be working with Ronald Pierik's research team, within the Plant Ecophysiology group. We are a very diverse and international research group embedded within the Institute of Environmental Biology. You can expect to work in an inclusive, collaborative, and motivating environment with a very creative, ambitious, and international team of PhD students, post-docs, tenured staff, and research assistants. You will have access to world-class research facilities and will benefit from intensive collaborations with other PhD students and post-docs on the LettuceKnow program, as well as with seven breeding companies. Your communication and collaboration skills are therefore of great importance to have an optimal exchange of knowledge and ideas.

    Additional information

    If you have any questions that you'd like us to answer, please contact Professor Ronald Pierik,

    Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, then simply respond via the “Apply now” button!

  • your letter of motivation, clearly outlining why this position interests you, your motivation for joining our team, and what makes you a suitable candidate;
  • your Curriculum Vitae;
  • the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references;
  • a copy of your Master's degree, or a letter from your university stating when your graduation will take place.
  • If this specific opportunity isn't for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this link to them. Some connections are fundamental – Be one of them

    The application deadline is 04/07/2021

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