Postdoctoral Researcher in RNA Biology and Epitranscriptomics

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Radboud Universiteit


Are you enthusiastic about mathematical physics with an eye on the philosophy of physics? This is the opportunity for you! As a PhD candidate you will do fundamental research on black holes and especially horizon entropy, using techniques ranging from thermodynamics to holography and (algebraic) quantum field theory. The project will be supervised by Manus Visser with Klaas Landsman as promotor.

You will be a member of both the Department of Mathematics within the Institute for Mathematics, Astrophysics, and Particle Physics (IMAPP) of Radboud University and the new Radboud Center for Natural Philosophy (RCNP). Thus you are able and willing to work in an interdisciplinary team and especially in the mathematics-physics-philosophy triangle.

The daily activities of the PhD candidate consist mainly in doing research in mathematical physics, and partly also in philosophy of physics. Further, it is expected that the candidate participates in the seminars by internal and external speakers as well as reading clubs and group activities of the RCNP. The candidate should be comfortable using both heuristic and rigorous mathematical tools to attack fundamental problems at the frontier of modern physics. Collaboration with other PhD candidates and faculty members will be encouraged. The candidate will be also part of a strong and coherent national and international network of researchers. The position includes funding for traveling to international conferences and visiting collaborators worldwide. Your duties as a teaching assistant are about 0,2 fte during the first three years of appointment.


  • You hold a PhD in molecular biology, analytical chemistry or a related field.
  • You have excellent communication and writing skills (in English).
  • You possess strong analytical skills and have a result-oriented attitude.
  • You have creative thinking skills and a high degree of independence.
Experience with any of the followings is an advantage:
  • Experience with RNA biology and associated methods (i.e. PAR-CLIP, m6A profiling, etc).
  • Experience with mammalian cell culturing.
  • Experience with bioinformatics analysis of large (proteomics, genomics, and transcriptomics) datasets.
  • Experience with state-of-the-art interaction proteomics and genomics applications.


This project will be carried out at the Department of Molecular Biology. The research in Michiel Vermeulen's team currently focuses on understanding how genes are regulated and expressed in stem cells and cancer.

The department of Molecular Biology is part of the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS-Science), which is one of the six research institutes of the Faculty of Science of Radboud University. The overarching aim of RIMLS-Science is to decipher molecular mechanisms of disease. Research areas of RIMLS-Science include epigenetics, stem-cell and developmental biology, and computational biology. The central research theme is regulation of gene expression during development and in health and disease. Important tools used at the institute include next-generation sequencing, mass spectrometry, single-cell multi-omics analysis and computational analysis and method development. To perform state-of-the-art research, RIMLS-Science operates its own wet lab and computational facilities. RIMLS-Science actively contributes to teaching activities in the Biology study programme at Radboud University. Michiel Vermeulen's lab consists of about 15 researchers and provides a vivid, international research environment. The extensive collaborative network (i.e. the Oncode Institute and the Radboud university medical center) also provides ample opportunities for networking and joint research activities both within the Netherlands and abroad.

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  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 - 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,226 and a maximum of €5,090 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 10).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • You will be employed for an initial period of 2 years, with option for extension.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.
Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Meer informatie

For questions about the position, please contact Michiel Vermeulen, Professor, head of Department Molecular Biology at