Lab Manager Microbiome Engineering Group

Updated: 22 days ago
Deadline: 09 Jun 2024

We are currently looking for a technician to support the work of the newly established group "Microbiome Engineering”. The group's mission is to explore the role of the microbiome in human health. Working alongside a team of microbiologists, molecular biologists, biochemists, and neurobiologists, you will play a key role in establishing connections between microbiome adaptation in the gut environment, human health, and the development of diseases such as Parkinson's disease.

The chair resides in the Microbiology Theme which is part of the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences in the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. In the theme the study of the Microbiome is a main area of interest where system biologists, microbial physiology experts and eukaryotic cell biologists cooperate.

What are you going to do?
You will manage day-to-day laboratory operations, with a focus on research activities (80%) and management-based support (20%).

Tasks and responsibilities:

  • demonstrate proficiency in general microbiology, molecular biology and analytical chemistry techniques.
  • execute tasks requiring the operation of an anaerobic chamber and anaerobic bacterial culturing techniques.
  • apply competency in (microfluidics-based) bacterial isolation from human specimens including fecal and

tissue samples;

  • collaborate with other technicians and research groups to develop and refine new methods and protocols.
  • supervise the group's laboratory and equipment, ensuring regular maintenance and maintaining a safe and

clean working environment.

  • guide and assist students, PhDs, and postdocs in ongoing research projects.
  • assess lab practicums, suggest enhancements, review papers and reports, propose grades, all in

collaboration with your supervisor.

  • lead knowledge transfer and practical knowledge sharing and training among laboratory members.

Experience and profile:

You have/are:

  • a HLO/HBO/MSc degree in e.g. Biology/Medical Laboratory or related Life Sciences research;
  • experience with experimental work involving (an)aerobic culturing of microorganisms;
  • experience with analytical chemistry;
  • experience with molecular biology techniques;
  • affinity to acquire new skills;
  • fluent in English, both written and spoken.


A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 12 months. Upon a good evaluation this will be converted to a permanent contract. The preferred starting date is 01 August 2024 .

Your salary will range between € 3.072 - € 4.103 gross per month, on the basis of a full working week of 38 hours. This sum does not include the 8% holiday allowance and the 8.3% year-end allowance. A favorable tax agreement, the 30% ruling, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) is applicable.

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime).
  • multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre.
  • a pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution.
  • the possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch.
  • help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

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About us
The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the Faculty of Science’s largest institutes. Its approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 17 research groups that perform excellent research centered on four themes: Neurosciences, Cell & Systems Biology, Microbiology and Green Life Sciences.

Do you want to know more about our organization? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

Any questions?
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Job application

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including

09 June 2024


Due to Dutch legislation, the UvA is for non-scientific positions obliged to recruit within the EU. If you are not a EU-citizen (including Norway and Switzerland) it is not useful to apply.

Applications should include the following information (all files besides your cv should be submitted in one single pdf file):

  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • the names and email addresses of two references who can provide letters of recommendation.

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

A knowledge security check can be part of the selection procedure.
(for details: National knowledge security guidelines )

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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