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The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Chemistry are looking for a:
PhD candidate || Elucidating nutrient uptake mechanisms across the outer mycobacterial membrane (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number: 22-402
This project aims to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of outer membrane transporters responsible for nutrient uptake or protein export in bacterial pathogens such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The PhD candidate will use a combination of structural biology (cryo-EM), biochemistry and microbiology techniques to elucidate the architecture of an outer membrane transport system and characterize its molecular mechanism in reconstituted systems in vitro as well as in vivo. The PhD candidate must be flexible and communicative and able to work in biochemistry, biophysics and microbiology labs.
Please have a look at our recent publications for relevant techniques and research. Famelis et al. (2019) Nature 576:321–325; Mietrach et al. Research Square https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-95626/v2; Rivera-Calzada et al. (2021) Nature Reviews Microbiology 19:567–584.
• Master degree in biochemistry, life-science technology or equivalent;
• Proven interest in either protein structure and function or the molecular basis of membrane protein transporters;
• Previous experience with either cryo-electron microscopy or the biochemical characterization of membrane proteins is desirable;
• Proficient in English with excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Works efficiently both independently and as part of a team of international researchers.
Terms and conditions
We offer a full-time position for initially one year. After positive evaluation of the progress of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary range from € 2.443 to € 3.122 gross per month (pay scale P 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.
All our PhD candidates are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science. Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness.
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 top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution 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 organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 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.
The chemistry and life science research in the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is organized around two major research areas: ‘Chemical Biology’ and ‘Energy & Sustainability’. The institute’s research themes illustrate the central position of chemistry between biology, medicine and physics. The various research topics carried out within these themes are ideal for executing interdisciplinary research.
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