FTE: 0.8 - 1.0 Job description The Dulin lab at VU has to offertwo fully funded postdoc positions (1+2 years) in the field of biophysics to study protein-nucleic acids interactions. These positions offer you the opportunity to investigate, among other things, SARS-CoV-2 replication-transcription complex and bacterial transcription-translation coupling. You use state-of-the-art single molecule techniques, such as magnetic tweezers (MT), total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRFM), correlative MT-TIRFM, single-molecule FRET, combined optical tweezers and fluorescence microscopy.
Within the lab, you design and perform experiments, and develop new computational analysis tools to investigate these biological processes. You develop and combine your expertise in physics, biology and software programming. Your work helps us understand the fundamental steps in RNA virus genome replication, bacterial transcription and translation. Requirements
- you are an outstanding experimentalist with a PhD degree
- you have experience in biophysics, biotechnology, enzymology and/or biochemistry
- experience in microscopy, computer programming (LabVIEW, Python, Matlab, C++, etc.) and/or quantitative protein-nucleic acids interactions investigations are an asset
- you are proficient in English (both speaking and writing)
- you are willing to work hard and have a strong work ethic. Collaboration and team work are important to you
- you take a creative approach and are interested in crossing research fields
The initial employment contract will initially be a period of 1 year.After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended (with two years) for a total duration of 3 years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
- a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
- 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
- solid pension scheme (ABP)
- contribution to commuting expenses
- optional model for designing a personalised benefits package
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The Dulin lab has recently relocated its activity at VU Amsterdam from FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany (https://daviddulinlab.com/). The VU Amsterdam is one of the best universities in the Netherlands, and a leading environment in biophysics, located in the vibrant and international city of Amsterdam. Our team is an inclusive and diverse environment, welcoming excellent scientists from all backgrounds. We are embedded within the Physics of Living System Section of the Physics Department of VU, together with several other biophysics lab, constituting a uniquely thriving environment in physics of life, specifically in single molecule biophysics. The Dulin lab has a strong expertise in investigating genome processing machines, such as SARS-CoV-2 genome replication (Bera et al., Cell Reports 2021; Seifert et al., eLife 2021) and bacterial transcription (Dulin et al., Nature Communications 2018, Bera et al., NAR 2022). The successful candidates will join an enthusiastic and international team of biophysicists and biochemists ready to tackle highly challenging problems related to antiviral drug discoveries. They will have access to a large variety of cutting-edge assays in single molecule force and fluorescence spectroscopy techniques (e.g. magnetic and optical tweezers, TIRF microscope…), and a molecular biology facility to perform their research. They will also benefit from the support of an experienced staff in molecular biology, biochemistry and data analysis. They will have the opportunity to learn from the best scientists in the field, publish in high-impact journals and present their work in international conferences.Application The selected applicant is expected to start as soon as possible. The position will remain open until filled. Are you interested in this position?
Please apply via the application button and upload your cover letter (one page maximum), a curriculum vitae, a publication list and the contact details of 3 references. All the documents must be written in English. All the documents must be written in English.
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:
Name: Dr. David Dulin
Position: Assistant Professor