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Postdoc/Assistant Professor in Biophysics and Molecular Engineering

The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has the following vacancy:
Postdoc/Assistant Professor in the field of Molecular Engineering for Biomolecular Sensing within the department of Biomedical Engineering (BME).

10 maanden geleden


Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


About TU/e

TU/e is a University of Technology with a focus on Health, Energy and Mobility. Within the Health area, several departments cooperate on topics such as Chemical Biology, Regenerative Medicine, Computational Biology, and Biosensing, with close links to healthcare and industry. TU/e is an open and inclusive university with short communication lines. The people are curious, collaborative, and strive for excellence. TU/e enables its academic staff to develop research and education at an internationally renowned level. Our lively campus community facilitates connections between staff and students, in an open, friendly, vibrant atmosphere that welcomes and inspires.

About BME

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers a research driven BME Bachelor program and Masters Biomedical Engineering, Medical Sciences and Technology and Medical Engineering in its Graduate Program. Research areas range from Molecular Bioengineering and Imaging, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering to Biomedical Imaging and Modeling. The department has more than 800 students and up to 200 tenured and non-tenured employees.

About ICMS

The Institute for Complex Molecular Systems is an interdisciplinary institute at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) which brings excellent researchers from different areas together to promote cross-breeding of ideas across disciplines in the departments Biomedical Engineering, Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering. The institute aims to create and study biologically relevant functional structures with the ultimate goal of understanding the complexity of life.

About Biosensing

The group Molecular Biosensing for Medical Diagnostics (MBx, see www.tue.nl/mbx) aims at creating ideas and generating scientific insights in the area of molecular biosensing technologies. This involves the engineering of molecular constructs for sensing applications (using protein, nucleic-acid, and protein-DNA technologies), methods to biofunctionalize nanoparticles, methods to characterize particle behavior in complex environments (e.g. protein corona), the development of novel single-molecule measurement methods, optical microscopies, particle characterization techniques, plasmonic effects, particle actuation principles, signal processing, and simulations. The group develops technologies to detect proteins and study protein function with single-molecule sensitivity in complex macromolecular environments. The research leads to novel methods for molecular biosensing, insights into protein function within complex and crowded environments, and novel routes into patient monitoring applications. Laboratories are shared with the Chemical Biology research group of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (www.tue.nl/cb) and the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (www.tue.nl/icms).

About the position

We are searching for a scientist who is interested to push the frontiers of biosensing with a bottom-up biophysical approach. The candidate should have experience with the design of molecules and with studies of functional properties with single-molecule resolution. The aim is to develop novel molecular-mechanistic concepts for recognition and transduction, with the perspective to enable new generations of biosensors for continuous biochemical monitoring.


  • You have a PhD and several years of research experience in the field of biophysics and molecular engineering (for example biochemistry, molecular biology, analytical chemistry), with proven abilities in (a) developing quantitative molecular-mechanistic understanding and (b) designing and realizing functional molecular structures.
  • You are interested in the development of transduction constructs for the detection of biochemical targets with single-molecule resolution.
  • You have knowledge of and experience with biophysical characterization techniques.
  • Other important assets are: scientific and education qualities, personal initiative and originality, collaboration capacity, experience in coaching and guiding students, PhD students and junior faculty members, potential to enhance and complement the research ecosystem, and the ability to successfully team up with peers to attract research funding.

  • Women in Science

    TU/e strives towards a diversified workforce at all function levels. Part of this endeavor is to appoint more talented women to scientific positions. The Women in Science (WISE) network at TU/e is very actively promoting to share knowledge and experience which may further assist newly appointed female scientific staff in their further professional and personal development.


    We offer you:
  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university.
  • A position as postdoctoral researcher or assistant professor. The type of position as well as tenure depends on the profile of the candidate.
  • Part-time employment (min 80%) is possible.
  • The gross monthly salary is in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), depending on your experience.
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including excellent work facilities, child care, moving expenses, sports facilities, an extra holiday allowance (8% in May), and an end-of-year bonus (8.3% in December).
  • Additionele informatie

    More information:
  • Information about the Biomedical Engineering department can be found via: w3.bmt.tue.nl/en.
  • Questions regarding the academic content of the position can be directed to prof.dr.ir. Menno Prins (email: m.w.j.prins@tue.nl).
  • Other information can be obtained from Lonneke van Luxemburg, HR department, (email: l.a.m.v.luxemburg@tue.nl).

  • How to apply:
  • If you are interested in this position and would like to apply, we request you to use the button "Apply now".
  • Your application can be addressed to prof.dr.ir. M. Prins. Applications must include all of the following: a personal motivation letter, a Curriculum Vitae including the names and contact details of at least two references, an overview of current research interests (1-2 pages), and a proposal for future research (1 page). Please also provide a digital copy of your PhD thesis (if it is very large, you can send it by email).
  • Only complete applications will be considered. Screening of applicants will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled.