Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbiology

Postdoctoral Researcher in Microbiology

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11 Feb 27 Feb Nijmegen

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Job description

As an enthusiastic and talented postdoctoral researcher with a strong interest in symbiosis research, you are going to work on the following project:
Detoxifying Symbiosis in Pest Insects.

Insects live in symbiosis with microorganisms where the latter serve a multitude of functions such as aiding in digestion, supplementation of essential vitamins or amino acids, or the defence against pathogens. At the Microbiology department at Radboud University, we study insect-microbe symbioses with a focus on functional characterisation of the gut microbiome. In this project, you will investigate the symbiosis between a pest insect and its gut microbiome, revealing whether microorganisms are involved in the detoxification of pesticides. We furthermore aim to elucidate microbial breakdown pathways of pesticides. This work might lead to the elucidation of targets for new pest control strategies. Besides your own experimental work, you will contribute to the supervision of a PhD candidate.
Relevant literature: van den Bosch & Welte (2017) Microb Biotechnol 10: 531-40 ; Welte et al. (2016) Environ Microbiol 18: 1379-90.


Radboud University


  • a PhD degree in microbiology;
  • experience in symbiosis research;
  • proficiency in spoken and written English;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • experience with publishing scientific papers;
  • affinity with the following laboratory skills: DNA sequencing (amplicon/metagenome), analytics (GC, MS, HPLC), enzyme biochemistry, culturing of bacteria and insects.

Conditions of employment

  • employment: 1.0 FTE
  • a maximum gross monthly salary of € 4,274 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 10)
  • in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • duration of the contract: 2 years
  • classification in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO): Researcher, Level 3
  • you will be able to make use of our Dual Career Service where our Dual Career Officer will assist with family related support, such as child care, and help your partner prepare for the local labour market and with finding an occupation

The Faculty of Science is an equal opportunity employer, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and as such encourages applications from women and minorities.

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Strategically located in Europe, Radboud University is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands. A place with a personal touch, where top-flight education and research take place on a beautiful green campus in modern buildings with state-of-art facilities.


Faculty of Science
Microbiology is one of Radboud University’s research priority areas. The Department has won many prestigious awards including three ERC Advanced Grants, one Spinoza Prize and two Gravitation Grants. We offer a dynamic research environment in a group with a strong international profile, state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure, strong national and international collaborations, and the opportunity to further develop your scientific education with a large variety of courses, training and conferences.
Further information on Microbiology


  • Postdoc positions
  • Natural Sciences
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • max. €4274 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 62.05.19



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