Postdoctoral Researcher in Plant-Virus Interactions (nr 1)

Faculty/Services:  Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde en Informatica
Educational level:  Promoted
Function type:  Academic Staff
Closing date:  5 January 2022

Are you a skilled researcher in Plant biology, and intrigued by how plant viruses manipulate their host? We are now seeking a postdoctoral researcher for an ambitious proteomics project on plant virusesAt the University of Amsterdam (UvA), we study how RNA viruses interact with host proteins and impact protein translation. You will study the interface of RNA and plant proteins. In this project, we aim to develop methodology to identify and quantify RNA-binding proteins that differentially interact with RNA in response to a viral infection and plant immunity.


This proteomics project will be executed in close collaboration with two Postdocs, one PhD candidate and industry. You will be embedded in an interdisciplinary team that aims to provide breeding solutions for devastating plant diseases by studying the underpinning virulence mechanisms at the molecular level using state-of-the-art technologies



What are you going to do



You are expected:

  • to develop and optimize a proteomics method that uses cross-linking and affinity purification to study RNA-binding proteome;
  • to apply and implement advanced biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology to study plant RNA viruses;
  • to generate novel molecular tools to study how protein translation impacts plant immunity;
  • to report and present your work progress on a regular basis to our industrial partners;
  • to actively participate in scientific discussions in our research field and our university;
  • to contribute as a (pro-)active team player to the organization of our laboratory.



What do we require



  • A recent PhD degree in Plant biology with one or more publications as first author in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
  • Preferentially, skilled in proteomics, plant biochemistry and big data (statistical) analyses including bioinformatics and scripting in Phyton, R studio, MaxQuant, Persues or related.
  • Hands-on experience in and affinity with molecular biology (Gibson assembly, Goldengate, Gateway cloning strategies, CRISPR-Cas strategies, synthetic biology, plant transformations).
  • An enthusiasm and willingness to become multidisciplinary with a keen eye on Plant virology and/or Plant-microbe interactions.
  • An ambitious person that is a team player with an open character.
  • An appreciation to contribute to valorization efforts and to foster collaborations with academic and industry partners.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the sensitivity of confidentiality in public-private collaborations.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken, with proven in experience in writing scientific papers / grants.
  • Our selection will be based on your scientific track record, your vision on this research project, but most importantly your ambition, skills, and drive to foster your own (scientific) career.



Our offer



A temporary contract for 30,4 - 38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 March 2022, for the duration of 12 months. An extension for two years subsequently follows if we assess your performance positive.


The salary, depending on relevant work experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be between 2,836 to 4,474 (scale 10) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.


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About us



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 Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the largest institutes in the Faculty of Science that performs research on four different themes: Microbiology, Neurobiology, Cell and Systems biology and Green Life Sciences (GLS).


The mission – and passion – of Molecular Plant Pathology is to unravel the molecular processes underlying plant immunity as well as plant susceptibility to infectious diseases. Our ambition is to publish on a regular basis in high impact Scientific journals, while fostering the careers of our co-workers. We are dedicated to raising new generations of scientists, and to provide a meaningful contribution towards sustainable agriculture having less impact on our environment. We study these aspects by using state-of-the-art molecular techniques in high-tech labs and in modern greenhouses. This research enables us to develop and explore novel concepts on plant-microbe interactions and permits implementation and creative use of novel technologies in the fields of -omics, microscopy, (digital) phenotyping and genetic alteration of plants and pathogens.



Job application



Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 5 January 2022.  You can apply online.


 Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a motivation letter and CV, including a list of publications and grades for your MSc thesis projects;
  • Contact details for two references.

Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.


We will invite potential candidates for interviews in January 2022.


The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize 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.


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