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Post Doc - Development of micro-MRI at high-/ultra-high fields

Do you want to do pioneering work in the Dutch National uNMR-NL consortium on state-of-the-art high-/ultra-high-field NMR spectrometers? are you interested in …

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


  • Do you want to do pioneering work in the Dutch National uNMR-NL consortium on state-of-the-art high-/ultra-high-field NMR spectrometers?
  • are you interested in developing and optimizing NMR/MRI microimaging acquisition methods and related hardware components for microfluidics?
  • do you want to use your passion for supporting advanced MRI applications and work in a wide national network?
Our focus is on the implementation of microimaging methods in high-/ultra-high-field NMR spectrometers, with the ultimate goal to boost spatial, temporal and chemical resolution in dynamic MRI studies of small-volume soft materials, complex fluids and eventually also living systems.

We invite applications for a post-doctoral position of 1 year, with possible extension by 1 extra year, based at the Laboratory of Biophysics at Wageningen University (WU), and integrated within the Dutch National uNMR-NL consortium. The position is part of a recently-granted investment of the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) in "The uNMR-NL Grid: A distributed, state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance facility for the Netherlands", with core partners at Utrecht University (UU), Radboud University (RU) Nijmegen, Leiden University (LU), and WU together with the public-private organisation COAST.

The challenging scope of this post-doc position is the implementation of MRI hardware (microcoils, probeheads) and optimization of MRI pulse sequences for high-to-ultra-high field (600-1200 MHz) applications of microimaging to microfluidics, in collaboration with RU. This position will cover both technical developments in the field of flow MRI and related application support, also across the consortium, with particular focus on troubleshooting and optimizing experimental conditions for NMR microimaging measurements at ultra-high magnetic fields. The work will be carried out using a new WB 600 MHz spectrometer to be installed at WU in 2021, a SB 950 MHz spectrometer to be relocated at RU, and a new 1.2 GHz spectrometer to be installed at UU in early 2021. As post-doc, you will be embedded in the MAGNEFY facility and based at the Laboratory of Biophysics of WU. At the same time, you are expected to be in regular contact with, and work at, Radboud University, as well as to cooperate with other post-docs deployed within the uNMR-NL consortium.

The position is intended to be filled by the end of 2021.


You are an ambitious and enthusiastic scientist. Your profile should signal:

  • A PhD degree in an NMR/MRI-related field with experience working with pulse sequence development and implementation;
  • research experience and familiarity with dynamic micro-imaging of materials;
  • a strong motivation to work flexibly and creatively in a cross-disciplinary environment;
  • very good communications skills and ability to interact constructively with physicists, chemists, engineers and technicians;
  • a good command of the English language.


Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment. A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • Sabbatical leave, study leave, and paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 2.790,- and € 4.402,- for a full-time working week of 38 hours, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreements for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU) (scale 10).

Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.

You are going to work at the greenest and most innovative campus in Holland, and at a university that has been chosen as the Best University in the Netherlands for the 16th consecutive time.

The program also includes:
  • If needed, training in NMR/MRI methodologies relevant to the project;
  • technical support for hardware developments at both WU and RU;
  • extensive collaboration with partner laboratories within the consortium.
Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief, known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.

Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.

Additional information

Do you want more information?
For more information about this position please contact: Dr. C. Terenzi by mail: camilla.terenzi@wur.nl, or Prof. John van Duynhoven: john.vanduynhoven@wur.nl. For more information about the procedure, please contact Emma Langelaan, HR advisor: emma.langelaan@wur.nl.

Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
This vacancy will be listed up to and including 05/09/2021. We hope to schedule the first job interviews in September 2021.

Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page. A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment.