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Postdoctoral Researcher in Bio-organic Chemistry and Biological Soft Matter (1.0 FTE)

Are you a chemist who wants to make & study bio-based cryoprotectants to assist in achieving our moonshot to improve heart transplantations by freezing hearts?

3 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 2790 - € 4402 per maand


In the collaborative project called “Freezing Hearts” a team of scientists from the four Alliance institutes (UU, TU/e, UMC and WUR) aim to develop potent bio-inspired cryoprotectants to extend heart “life-time” ex vivo. We are looking for an enthusiastic, communicative and highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher with experience in bio-organic synthesis and quantitative microscopy. Your 3-year project within this collaboration will focus on elucidating and optimizing the structure-activity relationship (SAR) of novel glycopeptide cryoprotectants. The first half of your project will start at UU with the development of a strategy for the efficient synthesis of a range of native and novel modified glycopeptides. The second phase of your project – for what we now expect to be a period of 1.5 years – will be carried out at TU/e, where you will perform an in-depth bio-physical characterization and structure–activity study of the developed glycopeptide derivatives. You will be directly supervised by Dr Tom Wennekes and Prof Ilja Voets, and work intensively with the other Postdoctoral Researcher at UMC and a PhD student at WUR, also hired for the project. Within the project you will use a variety of techniques (solid phase peptide synthesis, chemical and enzymatic synthesis, peptide characterization tools and optical microscopy), and be entrusted with developing and executing experiments, data analysis, presentations and writing manuscripts.


We are seeking a driven, creative and collaborative candidate with a keen interest to learn and the motivation to work in an ambitious and interdisciplinary research team.

You also meet the following essential requirements:

  • MSc and PhD in an appropriate field (chemistry and/or molecular life sciences) and a record of relevant publications;
  • expertise in (physical) organic chemistry, chemical biology techniques, and microscopy;
  • strong communication and English language skills;
  • the ability to think critically and creatively with a strong work ethic (organised, efficient and rigorous).

We also would like for you to have previous experience in organic synthesis, solid phase peptide synthesis and peptide characterization and experience in quantitative microscopy including image analysis.


  • a full-time position for 3 years;
  • a full-time gross salary depending on previous qualifications and experience ranging between €2,790 and €4,402 per month (scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities);
  • benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment yourself via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found here.

Additional information

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As part of the selection procedure, the candidate is expected to give an outline of her/his research experience and plans in an oral presentation.

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to science.recruitment@uu.nl.