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Postdoc Physarum nuclear social evolution

The Faculty of Science / the Institute for Biology is looking for a Postdoc Physarum nuclear social evolution

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


The Postdoc position is part of a collaborative project funded by the Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP) together with Profs Karen Alim (UT Munich) and Marcus Roper (UCLA) to study nuclear cooperation and conflict in the syncytial slime mold Physarum polycephalum.

The scientific aim of the interdisciplinary project is to determine how cooperative and competitive dynamics between nuclei within the syncytia of Physarum polycephalum interact to produce emergent organism-scale behaviors.

The candidate will use genome-editing technologies to generate chimeric syncytia, quantify the fitness and spatial distribution of distinct nuclear populations within plasmodia growing on different selective gradients, and examine feedbacks between nuclear dynamics and plasmodial behavior. Experimental work in Leiden will be closely integrated with our project partners who will image (Karen Alim) and model (Marcus Roper) nuclear activity and translocation across plasmodial tubes.


  • A PhD in evolutionary biology or microbiology;
  • Experience with microbial evolution, statistics, fluorescence microscopy, and bioinformatics is an advantage.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Excellent written and oral proficiency in English.


We offer a full-time, 3 year post beginning Oct 1st, 2021. Salary range from € 2.790,- to € 4.402,- 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.

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 to Daniel Rozen, email d.e.rozen@biology.leidenuniv.nl If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Sylvia Maas, email jobs@biology.leidenuniv.nl.