Post-doctoral researcher

Updated: about 23 hours ago
Deadline: 31 May 2021

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The Faculty of Science / the Institute for Biology is looking for a

Post-doctoral researcher: development of new (semi)synthetic lipopeptide antibiotics

Key responsibilities

  • Synthesis and semisynthesis of new lipopeptide antibiotics;
  • Evaluation of in vitro antibiotic activity and cell-based toxicity;
  • Organization of in vivo stuies (with an industrial partner). 

Selection criteria
Experience in:

  • Organic synthesis with specific expertise in peptide chemistry;
  • The use HPLC and MS techniques for purifying and characterizing biomolecules;
  • Antibacterial assays (i.e. in vitro MIC evaluation);
  • Biochemical assays (i.e. enzyme inhibition, isothermal titration calorimetry);
  • Graphpad prism, Chemdraw, PyMol, Chimera, and other relevant software packages.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2300 staff and almost 5000  students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. For more information, see the website of the Faculty of Science .

The Biological Chemistry Group is part of the Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL). The group applies bioorganic chemistry and chemical biology approaches to address fundamental questions and societal challenges in the fields of infectious disease and epigenetics. The IBL is an integral part of a thriving scientific environment within our Faculty of Sciences that also includes the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, the Leiden University Medical Centre, and the Leiden Bioscience Park. The IBL offers an exciting, internationally oriented, and inclusive place to work and study.  

Terms and conditions 
We offer a full-time, two year term position, start date negotiable but ideally starting in mid-to-late 2021. Salary range from € 3.061,- to € 3.353,- gross per month (pay scale 10) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. For more information , see the website.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made Prof. Nathaniel Martin, email . If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Sylvia Maas, email .

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to . Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • CV including: Education and research history, summary of key competencies, and list of peer reviewed scientific publications;
  • Contact information of two references qualified to comment on your research accomplishments.                

Only applications received no later than 31th May, 2021 will be considered.

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