Netherlands: PhD Position Correlative Super Resolution Microscopy at Utrecht University.

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Job description:

We seek a PhD student to work on the development of the correlative super resolution microscope, as well as the physical characterization of the novel instrument. This work will be carried out at UU in close collaboration with a post‐doctoral fellow. Software developments will be carried out by a PhD student at LUMC and a post‐doctoral fellow in collaboration with the PhD student at UU. Validation experiments will be carried out in close collaboration with UMCU and involves the whole team. A technical assistant working at the UMCU will support the project.


We are looking for a candidate (f/m) with a master in experimental physics or related topics. Experience and/or interest in electron microscopy, optical microscopy, software development and the biological aspects of the work are required. Furthermore, good communicative skills are expected.

Conditions of employment:

The successful candidate will be employed full-time by Utrecht University for a fixed period of four years within which he or she is expected to write a dissertation leading to a doctoral degree (PhD thesis). The starting salary for a PhD is €2,083,- gross per month increasing to a maximum of €2,664,- gross per month in the fourth year.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Utrecht University strives to increase the number of women in higher academic positions; women are therefore especially encouraged to apply. More information: terms of employment.


Utrecht University has great ambitions for its teaching quality and study success rates. This also applies to its clear research profiles which are centred around four themes: Sustainability, Life Sciences, Youth & Identity, and Institutions. Utrecht University plays a prominent role in our society and contributes to finding the answers to topical and future societal issues.

The Science Faculty of Utrecht University consists of six departments: Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics, Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences. The Faculty is home to 3500 students and nearly 2000 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Faculty’s academic programmes reflect developments in today’s society.

The Molecular Biophysics group at the physics department of Utrecht University has a strong multi-disciplinary character that is based on the group’s long-standing background in microscopy and spectroscopy. The current programme of the group focuses on the application and development of advanced optical and electron microscopy techniques. Developments in correlative microscopy, the combination of optical and electron microscopy, is one of the research lines of the group. In addition the group works on developments in  advanced fluorescence imaging (super resolution imaging, fluorescence lifetime imaging, spectral imaging, single molecule imaging, multi photon microscopy). Applications include the imaging of molecular interactions, characterization of nano-particles and tissue imaging.

Additional information:

For more information about this position, visit our website or contact Prof.dr. Hans Gerritsen, phone: +31 (0 30 253 2824 e-mail:
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