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Post-doctoral position in: Single-molecule Protein Sequencing and enzymology

Job description

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.


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.


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.

Conditions of employment

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 € 3,720 gross per month up to a maximum of € 4,780 gross

per month (salary scale 10) based on a full-time position and dependent on qualificationand 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

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