PhD student “Polymer-bounded lipid nanodiscs” (1.0 FTE)

Utrecht University's Faculty of Science is looking for a PhD student ECHO. Are you interested? Then please read the full profile and apply.

29 dagen geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


A recent discovery in membrane research is the ability of synthetic amphipathic polymers of styrene and maleic acid to solubilize membranes in the form of nanodiscs. These “native nanodiscs” form a promising new tool to study membrane proteins. In this project you will use well-defined model membrane systems as well as biological membranes to study the importance of chemical and physical properties of the polymers for the efficiency of solubilization and for properties of the resulting nanodiscs, such as size, homogeneity, stability and lipid packing. In addition you will explore novel applications of SMA-bounded nanodiscs as platform to study membrane proteins and protein/lipid interactions.


You are highly motivated and have a strong interest in membrane research. You have recently obtained a MSc (or equivalent degree) in Chemistry or in Molecular Life Sciences and you have expertise and interest in biochemistry, physical chemistry and organic chemistry.


The candidate is offered a full-time position for four years. Salary ranges between €2,222 and €2,840 (scale P Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment

The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project. More information is available on the website.

Additionele informatie

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Prof. Dr. J.A. Killian (


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Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics (MBB) is part of the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science and participates in the Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research and in the Institute of Biomembranes. Research within MBB is focused on biological membranes. The groups aim to unravel molecular mechanisms underlying membrane assembly, organization, homeostasis and function with special emphasis on the lipid-protein interactions involved. This research improves our fundamental understanding of membrane structure and function and helps in the design of new antibiotics and the development of more effective drugs against membrane-related diseases.


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