Postdoc in Antifungal drug discovery - Westerdijk Institute - Utrecht

Postdoc in Antifungal drug discovery - Westerdijk Institute - Utrecht

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6 Sep 15 Sep Utrecht

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Job description

Description of the function:
A postdoc position is available in the Fungal Natural Products group. The successful applicant will focus on the exploitation of the results of a screening for antifungal compounds in order to select and characterize lead compounds.

Specifically, the project involves:

  • Analyse the results of a screening for antifungal compounds
  • Purify active compounds and characterize their biological activities and toxicity
  • Determine the chemical structure of active compounds

This project aims at characterizing novel antifungal compounds and contributes to solving the increasing problem of multi-drug resistant pathogenic fungi. The postdoc will work in close collaboration with a technician from the Collemare group. The project will involve collaborations within the WI, and with the Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht University and University Medical Centre of Utrecht.


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


Requirements. We are looking for candidates with:

  • PhD in organic chemistry or in biology with experience in chemistry methods
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written
  • Team player attitude
  • Experience with HPLC-MS, HRMS and NMR is required.
  • Experience with microbiology, especially with fungi, is appreciated

Conditions of employment

Salary: According to “CAO-Nederlandse Universiteiten” (CAO-NU), depending on experience scale 10 excluding 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus. We offer an extensive package of fringe benefits. Duration: Initially one year with a potential extension.


Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute

The Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute (Westerdijk Institute) is an Academy research institute that maintains a world-renowned microbial biological resource centre of living fungi, yeasts and bacteria. It is also a centre of expertise for mycology (the study of fungi and moulds).

The Westerdijk Institute studies fungal biodiversity in the widest possible sense. Its researchers develop and utilise a broad range of techniques for studying fungal biology, ecology, and genetics. The institute’s unique collection of more than 100,000 living strains of fungi puts it at the top of the global list of mycology research institutes. The Westerdijk Institute provides answers to socially relevant questions concerning health, agriculture and industry. 


  • Postdoc positions; Research, Development, Innovation
  • Natural Sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • Doctorate
  • AT2019-051 - WES-2019-02


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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