Research Technician in Microbial Systems and Synthetic Biology

Updated: 7 months ago
Deadline: 12 Feb 2019

Faculty of Science – Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences
Publication date
15 January 2019
Level of education
Higher professional education
Salary indication
€2,261 to €3,445 gross per month
Closing date
12 February 2019
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the largest institutes of the Faculty of Science . Its approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 16 research groups that perform excellent research centered on three themes:

  • Cell & Sytems Biology;
  • Neurosciences, and
  • Molecular Life Sciences.
  • The research group of Molecular Microbial Physiology investigates, using a combination of theoretical and experimental approaches, how microorganisms with contrasting lifestyles, namely photoautotrophs and chemoheterotrophs, have evolved to exploit and respond to different environments. We aim to use this knowledge in sustainable biotechnological applications. In this context we are seeking for a research assistant to help run the laboratory and provide assistance on the active research lines of MMP while assisting in the practical training of students from different academic levels.

    Job description

    You will be entrusted with the daily management and running of the laboratory and with the maintenance and handling of the strain collection and other laboratory equipment. You will be performing laboratory work in the fields of molecular biology, analytical chemistry and biochemistry and will also carry out microbial (photo)cultivations in highly controlled bioreactors using organisms such as Cyanobacteria and Lactic Acid Bacteria, amongst others. Furthermore, you will assist in the practical component of different educational activities, such as BSc and MSc internship projects and practical courses.


    For this position you should:

    • have a degree in Higher Professional Education (HBO/HLO) or University;
    • have theoretical and practical knowledge of at least two of the fields listed above (see job description);
    • have at least 1 year of experience in a laboratory;
    • be fluent in English and Dutch both written and spoken. Please do not respond if you are not fluent in Dutch too.

    Affinity for programming languages R and/or Python is desired but not a requisite.

    Further information

    Enquiries about the position or any request for additional information may be directed to:


    The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 1 year and will become permanent after satisfactory performance evaluation.

    Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,261 to €3,445 (scale 7 or 8), depending on experience. The Collective Employment Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities is applicable.

    Job application

    The UvA is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We value a spirit of enquiry and endurance, provide the space to keep asking questions and cherish a diverse atmosphere of curiosity and creativity.

    Due to limitations in recruitment budget we will only consider candidates that are currently in Europe. Please do not respond if you are not in this continent.

    Are you interested?
    Applications may only be submitted online by clicking the link below.

    Your application must include a curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation. Please combine these documents in one single attachment and also mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

    To enable us to process your application immediately, please quote the vacancy number 19-026 and the position you are applying for.

    The closing date is 12 February 2019.


    No agencies please

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