Postdoctoral Researcher in the Influence of ATP on Protein Aggregation

University of Amsterdam Institute for Molecular Sciences


Postdoctoral Researcher in the Influence of ATP on Protein Aggregation

Publication date 21 July 2020

Closing date 1 September 2020

Level of education PhD

Hours 38 hours per week

Salary indication €2,790 to €4,402 gross per month

Vacancy number 20-447

In cells the concentration of protein molecules is extremely high. During the evolution of the first living cells on earth, the tendency of proteins to aggregate at such high concentrations must have presented a major problem. It is at present largely unclear how nature has solved this challenge, but recent research has revealed that ATP probably plays an important role.

What are you going to do?

In this research project, you will investigate how ATP prevents the aggregation of proteins, using state of the art experimental methods. In particular, you will perform time-resolved studies to see how ATP influences protein aggregation kinetics, and two-dimensional vibrational spectroscopy to probe the interaction between ATP and small peptides; you will analyze and interpret the results; you will report your results in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences; you will be an active member of the Molecular Photonics research group at the University of Amsterdam.

What do we require?

  • A PhD degree in physical chemistry or physics;
  • good communication skills in oral and written English;
  • experience with nonlinear (ideally, IR-)spectroscopy.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week, preferably starting as soon as possible for the duration of 6 months.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,790 to €4,274 (scale 10) gross per month, excluding 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the '30% rule', may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

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Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • prof. Sander Woutersen
    T: +31 (0)20 525 7091

About the faculty and HIMS

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is one of the institutes of the Faculty of Science. HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. For more information on IR-research at HIMS see our website. 

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application before 2 September 2020. You can apply online by using the link below.  

Please send your application electronically as a single PDF document (please upload in the field marked 'CV') that includes:

  • a detailed curriculum vitae;
  • a motivation letter (max. 1 page) that explains why you choose to apply for this position, including a statement of your research experience and interests;
  • list of scientific publications.

Applications without the motivation  letter we will not take into consideration. However, with this motivation letter your application will receive our full attention.

No agencies please

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