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PhD Student

A PhD candidate for the project "Visualising the native architecture and dynamics of plants' photosynthetic machinery". You will be part of an NWO Vidi …

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Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur


A PhD candidate for the project "Visualising the native architecture and dynamics of plants' photosynthetic machinery". You will be part of an NWO Vidi project, together with three other researchers you will investigate how plants adapt their photosynthetic light-harvesting machinery to the ever changing light conditions. To answer this question you will combine confocal fluorescence microscopy, spectroscopy and biochemistry in your research project.

Background information: Light drives photosynthesis and as such powers life on earth. In the field plants need to cope with constantly changing light conditions. This requires a flexible photosynthetic machinery. Light energy is converted into chemical energy in the thylakoid membrane, composed of lipids, proteins and pigments. The thylakoid structure and organisation can dynamically switch to optimize light harvesting and maintain efficient photosynthesis under different light intensities and spectra. At present it is unclear how the thylakoid structure is regulated and which factors control the changes in its organisation and architecture. The research team will use a combination of microscopy, spectroscopy, molecular biology and biochemistry, to reveal how the thylakoid structure is controlled at the molecular level. The goal is to provide new key insights into the adaptation of the thylakoid machinery to different light conditions.


  • an MSc in (bio)physics, biochemistry, optics or related fields with a fundamental interest in photosynthesis research;
  • a strong drive to do experimental research
  • research experience is required, preferably in the fields of photosynthesis, biochemistry and/or (micro)spectroscopy;
  • team player with good communication skills;
  • a good command of the English language is critical.


We offer you a temporary position for a period of 1.5 years with extension of 2.5 years after successful evaluation. Gross salary per month € 2325,-. in the first year rising up to € 2972,- per month in the fourth year.

In addition, we offer
  • 8% holiday allowance;
  • a structural year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent training opportunities and secondary employment conditions;
  • flexible working hours and holidays; excellent pension plan through ABP;
  • 232 vacation hours based on a working week of 38 hours, the option to purchase extra and good supplementary leave schemes;
  • a choice model to put together part of your employment conditions yourself, such as a bicycle plan;
  • a lively workplace where you can easily make contacts and where many activities take place on the Wageningen Campus. A place where education, research and business are represented;
  • use the sports facilities on campus against reduced fee.
  • we stimulate internal growth opportunities and mobility with an active and internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a creative learning environment.

Additional information

For more information about this function, please contact Dr Emilie Wientjes, Assistant Professor of Biophysics, email: Emilie.Wientjes@wur.nl, telephone number +31317485129. For more information about the procedure, please contact Linda Broenink, HR Advisor, telephone number +31 317484342.

This vacancy is open until Thursday 10th October 2019. You can apply online at http://www.wur.nl/en/Jobs/Vacancies.htm