Division of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Biophysics

  • Position: Hoogleraar, uhd, ud & lector
  • Hours a week: 38 – 40
  • Faculteit Bètawetenschappen
  • Department of Biology
  • Closingdate: Februari 15th 2021


The division of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Biophysics within the Department of Biology is seeking two creative and collaborative cell scientists to complement and strengthen its research and teaching activities. You will be challenged to set up your own independent group and develop strong research links with the other research groups within the division.

For one position we are specifically looking for a candidate focused on Mammalian Synthetic Biology, whereas the other position is more flexible. We are looking for Researchers who are interested in combining advanced microscopy with genetic and optogenetic cell manipulation and/or biochemical in vitro reconstitution assays to study basic mechanisms of cell function or to engineer new functions into cells. Having strong experience in biochemical approaches is considered an advantage. Depending on the exact research area, a clear vision for potential biomedical applications of your research would be welcome.

You will be encouraged to actively seek funding for new research projects through personal, national, European, and other international grant opportunities and supervise the research of postdoctoral Researchers, PhD candidates, Master’s students, and Bachelor’s students. Furthermore, you have the ambition to actively participate in teaching activities at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels, especially with respect to strengthening teaching within the Cell Biology, Neurobiology or Biophysics study paths or establishing a new study path on Synthetic Biology.

You will start as an Assistant Professor and enter a five-year tenure track. At the beginning of the track, you will be requested to formulate a career development plan outlining the goals of the track for research, teaching, and personal development. Upon a positive evaluation, you will be awarded a permanent position.


To excel in this role, you are:

  • a molecular biologist, biochemist, or biophysicist with a strong interest in fundamental cell biology;
  • interested in applying advanced imaging and quantitative approaches to your research;
  • willing to contribute to strengthening and maintaining an excellent microscopy facility;
  • the type of Researcher who is open to intense collaboration with fellow staff members, especially within the Institute of Biodynamics and Biocomplexity;
  • an enthusiastic and creative educator who is able to strengthen the UU’s curriculum in Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Biophysics, or Synthetic Biology.

You will be asked to acquire a Basic Teaching Qualification if you do not already have one.

We offer

  • a full-time tenure track position for five years which will be subject to a mid-term evaluation after approximately 2.5 years and an end-term evaluation. If evaluations are positive after five years, the position becomes permanent;
  • a full-time gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – ranging between €3,746 and €5,127 per month (scale 11 at the level of Assistant Professor (universitair docent; UD) according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao));
  • benefits including 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities;
  • a fully funded 4-year PhD position or 3 year postdoctoral fellow position.

The Division of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Biophysics is dedicated to providing you with the necessary support during the tenure track period, including full access to the Biology Imaging Center, up-to-date biochemical and cell culture equipment, technical support with image processing and analysis, and appropriate training and mentorship.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, and sports. We also provide you with the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. In doing so, we like to encourage your personal and professional development.

More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found here.

About the organization

The research division of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Biophysics has the mission to acquire novel insights into the structure and function of cells and to decipher the cellular basis for human diseases such as cancer and neurological disorders. To achieve this goal, we combine the latest methods in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and microscopy. We are interested in the mechanisms underlying cytoskeletal dynamics, membrane transport and signalling pathways that underlie cell proliferation and differentiation, neuronal development and synaptic plasticity. We investigate cellular processes at a broad range of levels, from single molecules and protein networks to cells, tissues, and whole organisms. The main research topics within the division are cellular organization and dynamics, molecular neuroscience, biophysics, synaptic physiology, molecular oncology and molecular targeted therapies. The division also encompasses the Nanobody Facility, the Cellular Engineering Facility and the Biology Imaging Center, an expert center for advanced light microscopy that houses a large number of advanced microscopy setups.


The Faculty of Science consists of six departments: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these departments includes distinct institutes that focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. The institutes are built up of independent research groups that together drive forward our ambitious scientific programmes.


Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our familiar atmosphere and the can-do attitude of our people. This fundamental connection attracts Researchers, Professors and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the university and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.

More information

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Anna Akhmanova, email: or Professor Lukas Kapitein, email:

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, please respond via the below link, enclosing:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your curriculum vitae, including a publication list;
  • a concise research plan (2-3 pages);
  • a teaching statement (1 page);
  • the names and email addresses of three references.
  • In the case of pregnancy and maternity leave or a part-time appointment please also state the corrected duration of your research career to date.

If this specific opportunity is not for you, but you know someone who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

Please note: Due to the current situation regarding the Corona virus (COVID-19) the process of selection and interviews is subject to change. Initial interviews will most likely be conducted online.

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Apply before February 16th 2020

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Keywords: Vacature, Research, PhD, Molecular biologist, Biochemist, Biophysicist, Cell biology, Fulltime, Utrecht