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Postdoc position in single cell analysis of cell differentiation in vivo (1.0 FTE)

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    Utrecht University
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    01/08/2022 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Utrecht


The van den Heuvel lab currently offers a post-doctoral research position in Developmental Biology. The focus of the project will be to reveal the regulatory logic of cellular decision making in the context of animal development. Specifically, we seek to better understand how precursor cells commit to a differentiated state, and how this is coordinated with a permanent arrest of cell division. To address these questions, we will perform detailed quantitative analyses of native cells during their differentiation trajectory in the round worm Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans), in combination with sophisticated genetic manipulation. This project is part of a consortium effort and incorporates the latest technologies in transcriptome, epigenome, and proteome analysis, in close collaboration with specialists in single-cell analysis (Korswagen and van Oudenaarden labs, Hubrecht Institute), proteomics techniques (Vermeulen lab, Radboud University Nijmegen) and computational modeling (ten Tusscher lab, Utrecht University).

You, as post-doctoral researcher, will become part of the highly interactive Developmental Biology community at Utrecht University. This will include daily interactions with fellow researchers in the van den Heuvel, Boxem and Ruijtenberg labs, with graduate students and post-docs who work on related topics with one of the consortium partners, and with other researchers within the Institute of Biodynamics and Biocomplexity (e.g.: Akhmanova, Kapitein, Baubec, ten Tusscher labs) or broader Utrecht University campus.

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  • a full time position for a year, which can be prolonged after a positive evaluation;
  • embedding in a great team of top Life Sciences researchers;
  • a full-time gross salary, depending on previous qualifications and experience, that ranges between €2,960 and €5,439 per month (scale 10 /11) Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities;
  • benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions (based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities).

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment yourself via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

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Selection process

Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and experience to excel in this role, please respond via the “Apply” button!
Please enclose:

  • a one-page cover letter describing the reasons behind your interest in the position;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • name, telephone number, and email address of three references.

Promising candidates will be invited to an interview. As part of the selection procedure, you will be invited to give a short presentation about your previous research.

The position will be immediately available after acceptance.

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Additional comments

If you have any questions about this position, please contact Sander van den Heuvel, via S.J.L.vandenHeuvel@uu.nl.

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to science.recruitment@uu.nl.

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

We are looking for a curious and dedicated scientist. We would also like you to bring the following qualifications

  • a PhD degree in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or a related field;
  • a strong interest in molecular biology;
  • previous experience with independent research, and preferably with genetic model organisms, advanced microscopy, and/or bioinformatic data analysis;
  • training in scientific writing, communication and presentation in English;
  • motivation to work on a challenging project in a multidisciplinary and international research team.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Utrecht University
3584 CH
Padualaan 8

EURAXESS offer ID: 806106
Posting organisation offer ID: 314620


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