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ERC-funded Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular Plant Immunity

Vacature nummer
Wetenschappelijke functies, PhD-posities
Intern , Extern
Publicatie datum
14 februari 2023
8 juni 2023 Nog 9 dagen om te solliciteren

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The Faculty of Science / the Institute for Biology is looking for a

ERC-funded Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular Plant Immunity

Vacancy number: 23-102

Key responsibilities
Plant diseases occur everywhere and are one of the major threats to our agriculture. Understanding how disease resistance works is the key to protecting plant health and is also one of the long-term missions of the group led by Dr Ding (www.thedinglab.com).

This postdoctoral project is funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant titled R-ELEVATION, which will focus on investigating gene regulatory mechanisms involved in immunity activated by intracellular nucleotide-binding leucine-rich-repeat (NB-LRR) receptors (NLRs). In this postdoctoral project, we focus on understanding the evolutionary perspectives of gene regulatory mechanisms during immune activation.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Plan and conduct research activities;
  • Write manuscripts for publications;
  • Present research at meetings, etc.;
  • Co-supervise graduate students;
  • Follow university guidelines, scientific ethics, and integrity.

Selection Criteria
We seek a postdoctoral researcher with:

  • A PhD degree in biology or a related area;
  • A strong curiosity in biology with a passion for plant sciences;
  • Profound theoretical knowledge in and experience with genetics and molecular biology;
  • Good knowledge of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and statistics;
  • Competitive practical skills in applying genetics and molecular biology approaches;
  • Affinity with using computers and proficient skills with commonly used software;
  • Good organisation habits and time management skills;
  • Good communication and proficient English skills (both written and spoken);
  • Capability and flexibility to work independently as well as a team player;
  • Good habits in maintaining mental health and stress resilience.

Other optional qualities if the candidate has experience in:

    • Working with crops
    • Bioinformatics (e.g. coding with R, Python)
    • Next-generation sequencing (e.g. Illumina sequencing)
    • Protein biochemistry (e.g. protein purification)
    • Cell biology (e.g. confocal microscope)
    • Tissue culture
    • Research in plant-pathogen interactions

Research at our faculty
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development is the top priority. Our people are committed to expanding fundamental knowledge by curiosity and looking beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science and contribute to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2300 staff and almost 5000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

For more information, see www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/science and https://workingat.leiden.edu/.

The Institute for Biology
The research within the Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL) aims to work on the science base of biodiversity and health, which is reflected in our leading principle Harnessing Biodiversity for Health. We perform innovative curiosity-driven research to answer fundamental questions, and solutions-driven research to help solving major societal challenges. The latter include protecting nature’s biodiversity, creating sustainable biotechnology and agriculture and increasing good health. Our research focuses on four Research Themes: Bioactive Molecules, Host-Microbe Interactions, Development & Disease and Evolution & Biodiversity. Located in a thriving scientific environment with our Faculty of Sciences, Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, the Leiden University Medical Centre and the Leiden Bioscience Park, IBL offers an exciting, internationally oriented, and inclusive place to work and study.  

Terms and conditions 
We offer a full-time 3-year position with a probation period. Salary ranges from 2.960 to € 4.670 gross per month (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break (https://bit.ly/3LAsEWm).

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High-quality teaching and research are inclusive.

f you have any questions about the procedure or any enquiries, please contact Christina Kamerman (jobs@biology.leidenuniv.nl). More information about research conducted at the Ding Lab can be found at: https://www.thedinglab.com.

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to jobs@biology.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you attach the following additional documents (combined in a single PDF file) quoting the vacancy number in the Subject of your email:

  • A cover letter;
    stating your motivation for applying to this position (please be specific);
    addressing how your previous experiences may enable you to fit into this program and be successful.
  • Curriculum vitae;
    a description of your academic profile of education;
    a track record of your research activities (e.g. publications);
    a showcase of your qualities and skills.
  • A copy of higher education diploma (optional if you can provide it within 3 months post the deadline of this application);
  • Contact information of two references.

Only applications received before 6th June will be considered. The starting date of the postdoctoral position is relatively flexible (within the year 2023).

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