Netherlands:PhD positon in the physics of genome processing in complex environments in Department of Bionanoscience at the TU Delft

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Job description

We are looking to hire outstanding experimentalists for this exciting project. As a PhD student on this project, you will be responsible for planning and carrying out the experiments. As this is a biophysics project, you will be involved in both the physics and the biology parts of the research, and an appreciation of both is required.

The aim of the project is to elucidate the physical basis of how molecular crowding impacts the functioning of the protein complexes involved in genome processing. For a fundamental understanding of the effects of crowding on biological processes, we need to fill the gap between highly idealised, in vitro, biophysical experiments on the one hand and the biological processes as they take place in a physiologically relevant environment on the other. To do this, we will use a number of single-molecule techniques such as magnetic tweezers and live cell imaging.


A background in biochemistry/biology/biophysics/physics or related fiels is required.

Conditions of employment

When fulfilling a PhD position at the FOM foundation, you will get the status of junior scientist.
You will have an employee status and can participate in all the employee benefits FOM offers. You will get a contract for four years. Your salary will be up to a maximum of 2,636 euro gross per month.The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,33%.
You are supposed to have a thesis finished at the end of your four year term with FOM.
A training programme is part of the agreement. You and your supervisor will make up a plan for the additional education and supervising that you specifically need. This plan also defines which teaching activities you will be responsible (up to a maximum of 10% of your time). The conditions of employment of the FOM-foundation are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more exclusive information is available at this website under Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English).
General information about working at FOM can be found in the English part of this website under Personnel. The ‘FOM job interview code’ applies to this position.

Contract type: Temporary, four years


Department of Bionanoscience at the TU Delft

The PhD student to be hired will be a member of the Nynke Dekker lab, which encompasses approximately twenty scientists working on different aspects of genome processing and molecular motion.
You will be part of this group and heavily interact with current members. The Nynke Dekker lab is part of the vibrant Department of Bionanoscience at the TU Delft, a growing department with a focus on understanding to functioning of single cells and the molecules of which they are made up.
The environment is very internationally oriented.

Additional information

For further information contact Prof.dr. N.H. Dekker.

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