Research technician (HBO) in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology

Research technician (HBO) in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology

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24 May 31 Jul Amsterdam
The Dulin lab has to offer one research technician (HBO) (2 years) to start as soon as possible in the field of nucleic acids biochemistry and recombinant protein expression/purification

Job description

The Dulin lab has to offer one research technician (HBO) (2 years) to start as soon as possible in the field of nucleic acids biochemistry and recombinant protein expression/purification. The successful candidate will be part of the Dulin lab effort in designing and fabricating nucleic acids scaffolds and in recombinant proteins expression and purification to enable single-molecule biophysics investigation of protein-nucleic acids interactions. In addition, the person will manage the molecular biology tasks for the Dulin lab.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)



We are looking for an outstanding experimentalist:
  • with experience in biochemistry, molecular biology, bacterial/insect/human cells recombinant protein expression and purification. Experience in enzymology will be appreciated.
  • that can solve complex problems in nucleic acid assembly and protein expression/purification using state of the art knowledge in biochemistry and molecular biology.
  • with a creative, hard-working, well organized and independent mindset and an interest in crossing research fields. A strong ability to work within a team is essential.

The successful candidate will use their expertise to advance problems related to nucleic acid scaffold design and fabrication, protein expression/purification/labelling. Proficiency in English (both speaking and writing) is required.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

We offer guidance and help so you can develop the skills and experience to become an independent scientist. In addition, we offer an intellectually challenging position in a socially engaged organisation. At VU Amsterdam, you contribute to education, research and service for a better world. And that is valuable. So in return for your efforts, we offer you:
  • a competitive salary
  • the appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of 2 years.

We also offer you attractive fringe benefits and arrangements. Some examples:
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
  • a full-time 38-hour working week comes with a holiday leave entitlement of 232 hours per year. If you choose to work 40 hours, you have 96 extra holiday leave hours on an annual basis. For part-timers, this is calculated pro rata.
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • discount on (and occasionally exclusive access to) theater performances and courses at the Griffioen Cultural Center


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The Dulin lab ( is located at VU Amsterdam, one of the best universities in the Netherlands, and a leading environment in biophysics, located in the vibrant and international city of Amsterdam. Our team is an inclusive and diverse environment, welcoming excellent students from all backgrounds. We are embedded within the Physics of Living System Section of the Physics Department of VU Amsterdam, together with several other biophysics lab, constituting a uniquely thriving environment in physics of life, specifically in single-molecule biophysics. The Dulin lab has a strong expertise in investigating RNA virus genome synthesis molecular complexes using single molecule biophysics techniques, with several breakthrough studies on SARS-CoV-2 genome replication and antiviral drugs evaluation. The Dulin lab has also a strong expertise in nucleic acids construct fabrication with many protocols already established (Papini et al., Nucleic Acids Research 2019). The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic and international team of biophysicists and biochemists ready to tackle highly challenging problems related to antiviral drug discoveries. Their research will have access to a molecular biology facility to perform their research. They will be working in close collaboration with the other scientists of the group, be fully involved in their research projects, and have the opportunity to publish in high-impact journals.

Faculty of Science
Researchers and students at VU Amsterdam’s Faculty of Science tackle fundamental and complex scientific problems to help pave the way for a sustainable and healthy future. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to malnutrition, and from molecules to the moon: we cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. Our teaching and research have a strong experimentally technical, computational and interdisciplinary nature.

We work on new solutions guided by value-driven, interdisciplinary methodologies. We are committed to research, valorisation and training socially engaged citizens of the world who will make valuable contributions to a sustainable, healthy future.

Are you interested in joining the Faculty of Science? You will join undergraduate students, PhD candidates and researchers at the biggest sciences faculty in the Netherlands. You will combine a professional focus with a broad view of the world. We are proud of our collegial working climate, characterised by committed staff, a pragmatic attitude and engagement in the larger whole. The faculty is home to over 11,000 students enrolled in 40 study programmes. It employs over 1,600 professionals spread across 10 academic departments.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam stands for values-driven education and research. We are open-minded experts with the ability to think freely. - a broader mind. Maintaining an entrepreneurial perspective and concentrating on diversity, significance and humanity, we work on sustainable solutions with social impact. By joining forces, across the boundaries of disciplines, we work towards a better world for people and planet. Together we create a safe and respectful working and study climate, and an inspiring environment for education and research. Learn more about our codes of conduct

We are located on one physical campus, in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas business district, with excellent location and accessibility. Over 5,500 staff work at the VU and over 30,000 students attend academic education.

Diversity is the driving force of the VU. The VU wants to be accessible and receptive to diversity in disciplines, cultures, ideas, nationalities, beliefs, preferences and worldviews. We believe that trust, respect, interest and differences lead to new insights and innovation, to sharpness and clarity, to excellence and a broader understanding.

We stand for an inclusive community and believe that diversity and internationalisation contribute to the quality of education, research and our services.

Therefore, we are always searching for people whose backgrounds and experience contribute to the diversity of the VU community.

Additional information

The selected applicants are expected to start as soon as possible. The positions will remain open until filled. To apply, please send a cover letter (one page maximum), a curriculum vitae, a list of grades from their last higher education diploma, a publication list (if relevant) and the contact details of 3 references. All the documents must be written in English.

Applications received by e-mail will not be considered.

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.


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  • €3377—€4640 per month
  • Higher professional education
  • 4058


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Make sure to apply no later than 31 Jul 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).