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PhD candidate, to create paramagnetic NMR probes to study protein dynamics

The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Chemistry are looking for a PhD candidate, to create paramagnetic NMR probes to study protein dynamics

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Einsteinweg, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht


Modern NMR spectroscopy can be used to study minor states of proteins that are important for function (relaxation dispersion NMR). This method could become much more powerful when married to paramagnetic NMR methods, having a major impact on the study of protein dynamics. The PhD student will carry out research leading to a PhD degree, and will design and synthesize conformationally restricted paramagnetic metal complexes, determine their conformations, tag proteins, and demonstrate their application in relaxation dispersion NMR spectroscopy. The PhD student must be flexible and communicative and able to work in both (in)organic and biochemistry labs and learn advanced protein NMR methods.


  • Master degree in (in)organic chemistry, or equivalent;
  • Proven interest in NMR spectroscopy;  
  • Proven interest in protein structure and function;            
  • Proficient in English;
  • Excellent communication skills.


The position is available immediately; The candidate should preferably start before January 2021. We offer a full-time position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary range from € 2.395,- to € 3.061,- gross per month (pay scale P, 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.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science. Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

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

Additional information

Enquiries can be made Mark Overhand, email m.overhand@chem.leidenuniv.nl or Marcellus Ubbink, email m.ubbink@chem.leidenuniv.nl.


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