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Assistant/Associate professor: Dynamic organization in native membranes (1.0 FTE)

Job description

Assistant/Associate professor: Dynamic organization in native membranes

Developing a research program that studies and manipulates interactions between membrane components and proteins under physiological conditions.

The Department of Chemistry at Utrecht University in the Netherlands is renowned as a world class center of excellence and innovation in both research and education, fully resourced and equipped with state-of-the-art technological platforms. Currently, the Department is actively recruiting new staff members, including three new colleagues in the field of Structural Biology, Chemical Biology, or Analytical Chemistry. For more info on the other positions click here.

Sharing positivity

Our approach is characterized by a connected, open and can-do spirit that stimulates personal initiative and curiosity. You are encouraged to take ownership and create value while sharing your knowledge both internally and across the wider (global) research community. As an organization we strive every day to enable this mission because we know it is the only way to make the breakthroughs that will help to solve the challenges facing the world.


We focus on two core areas of fundamental research – life science and sustainability – within two outstanding research pillars:

  • The Bijvoet Center advances our understanding of life at the most detailed molecular level by using cutting-edge structural and analytical methods in combination with state-of-the-art molecular biology, biochemistry as well as biophysical methods.
  • The Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science tackles sustainability through research into catalysis, nanostructures and colloids, and nanophotonics.


A chance to play your part

If you would like to be part of this stimulating and diverse environment, we would love to hear from you.

Working within the Bijvoet Center, you will be involved with studying and manipulating interactions between membrane components and proteins under physiological conditions to reveal the dynamic organization of membranes in cellular function. This has the potential to help us understand the cause of diseases in a fundamental way and you fulfill your personal development goals while adding to our reputation of scientific excellence. We are particularly interested in hearing from female scientists worldwide who contribute their skills and curiosity to our inclusive approach to life and work.

Your background and the position

You have a PhD in Structural Biology, Chemical Biology, or Analytical Chemistry, an excellent track record, and the experience necessary to take your place within an international research and education environment. Your own research interests are found within the broad field of structure-function relationship studies of molecules in cells or tissues. Combining scientific excellence with an open and collaborative mindset in research and teaching, you contribute enthusiastically to the acquisition and execution of externally funded projects. As such, it is important that you are able to act as an outward looking ambassador for Utrecht University, communicating your knowledge to the next generation and across networks.


Utrecht University: Enjoy a great work life balance in a wonderful city

Utrecht is an attractive city located in the heart of the Netherlands, one of the world’s most open and connected countries. Utrecht University reflects this philosophy by offering a flexible work/life balance that prioritizes your well-being within an understanding and supportive, international, environment. Benefits include:

  • Gros salary range from € 3,637, - to € 6,738, - (scale 11-14);
  • In addition, we offer attractive and flexible secondary terms of employmentsuch as an annual holiday pay of 8%, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% per year and partially paid parental leave. 
This position is ultimately meant to be tenured upon good performance.

For further details of our terms of employment please go to the website.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, colleagues from various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

Additional information

For further information about this role, please contact the research director of the Bijvoet Centre Prof. dr. Alexandre Bonvin,  at, or +31-302533859. 

Agency or sales calls are not appreciated

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, research and teaching statement. 

Please apply at your earliest convenience, there is no deadline connected to this procedure.

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.  

The application deadline is
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