Are you a postdoc candidate with a fundamental interest in photosynthetic
light acclimation in plants? Do you have a background in protein biochemistry,
fluorescence microscopy and/or biophysics? Would you like to work together in
a multi-disciplinary team of researchers? We have a vacancy for a postdoc
position on investigating light acclimation of plants with the use of advanced
optical microscopy and mass spectrometry.
Background information: Light drives photosynthesis and as such powers life on
earth. In the field plants need to cope with constantly changing light
conditions. This requires a flexible photosynthetic machinery. Light energy is
converted into chemical energy in the thylakoid membrane, composed of lipids,
proteins and pigments. The thylakoid structure and organisation can
dynamically switch to optimize light harvesting and maintain efficient
photosynthesis under different light intensities and spectra. At present it is
unclear how the thylakoid structure is regulated and which factors control the
changes in its organisation and architecture. The research team will use a
combination of microscopy, spectroscopy, molecular biology and biochemistry,
to reveal how the thylakoid structure is controlled at the molecular level.
The goal is to provide new key insights into the adaptation of the thylakoid
machinery to different light conditions.
You will be part of an NWO Vidi project, together with three other researchers
you will investigate how plants adapt their photosynthetic light-harvesting
machinery to the ever changing light conditions. To answer this question you
Treat plants with specific light conditions and analyze the post-
translational modifications of photosynthetic proteins with mass
spectrometry and other biochemical methods;
use expansion microscopy to resolve the thylakoid structure and protein
perform additional experiments with advanced microscopy setups in the
Wageningen MicroSpectroscopy Research Facility
(https: // www. wur.nl/en/Value-Creation-Cooperation/Microspectroscopy-
analyze complex data;
collaborate with other members of the Laboratory of Biophysics (more
information on our team can be found at (https:// www. bip.wur.nl/UK/);
disseminate your results by writing articles for leading peer-reviewed
journals and presenting at international conferences.
A PhD degree in biochemistry, biophysics and/or optical microscopy;
experience with designing and independently performing experiments;
experience in the field of advanced optical spectroscopy or protein
biochemistry, preferably with applications to plants;
excellent skills in data analysis and analysis of complex problems;
excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level);
excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills.
Conditions of employment
Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few
highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
Sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for
the best possible work-life balance;
the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40
hours per week;
there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports
facilities available on campus for a small fee;
a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive
a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross
salary of between € 2.836,- and € 4.474,- for a full-time working week of 38
hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch
Universities (CAO-NU)(scale 10).
Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities
and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options
for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent
training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international
environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.
You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland,
and at a university that has been chosen as the Best University in the
Netherlands for the 16th consecutive time.
Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for
life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the
world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot
to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the
Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our
team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa
application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen
University & Research's International Community page contains practical
information about what we can do to support international employees and
students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any
additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job,
housing, schooling, and other issues.
Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University and Research is "To explore the potential
of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen
University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research
institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in
contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of
healthy food and living environment.
With its roughly 30 branches, 6.800 employees and 12.900 students, Wageningen
University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An
integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various
disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen's unique approach. WUR has been
named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.
Read the 5 reasons why your future collaegues enjoy working at WUR and watch
this video to get an idea of our green campus!
We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies
please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.
Do you want more information?
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telephone +31317485129 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the procedure, please contact Emma Langelaan, HR-
adviseur, by mail: email@example.com.
Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our
website which will allow us to process your personal information with your
This vacancy will be listed up to and including Thursday September 30th 2021.
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with
very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other.
We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the
same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from
people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our
inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be
read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.