Postdoc in the field of single-molecule biophysics

The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is looking for a

Postdoc in the field of single-molecule biophysics (1.0 fte)
Vacancy number 17-117

Key responsibilities

The LACDR is looking for a postdoctoral fellow who will design and perform single-molecule experiments to understand how interacting partners (e.g. chaperones, drugs, metabolites) reshape folding landscape of proteins.

  • Design and perform experiments and data analysis;
  • Establish the single-molecule research line;
  • Train PhD and master student and supervise their research;
  • Presentation of the results to team members and other associated partners;
  • Writing postdoctoral grants such as Marie Curie and LEaDing Fellows Postdoc Programme to continue working in our group;
  • Contribution to grant writing activities to bring funding to the lab;
  • Contribution to our education program.

Selection criteria

  • Academic degree (PhD) in physics (experimental and/or theoretical) or engineering;
  • Strong publication record;
  • Experience with working in an international environment;
  • Good written and verbal English communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to successfully work and get things done in teams.

Research at our Faculty/Institute

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 are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge 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 organised in 8 institutes. These institutes offer 8 bachelor’s and 12 master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 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 Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is a leading institute dedicated to world-class research and education in drug discovery and development. LACDR comprises a diverse and international team of approximately 150 researchers and is ideally located at the Leiden Bio Science Park, the largest life science cluster in The Netherlands. In the 2017 QS World University Ranking, the University of Leiden was listed number 17 globally in the area of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. The Mashaghi lab has a world-leading reputation in the field of biophysics. The lab is involved in interdisciplinary research at the interface of physics, engineering and biomedicine. We enjoy developing highly innovative approaches to high-impact questions, working with advanced technologies and writing compelling publications. For more information, see

Terms and conditions

We offer an one year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from € 2,552.- to € 4,028.- gross per month (pay scale 10 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. More at


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Enquiries can be made to Assistant Professor Alireza Mashaghi, email


To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than December 31, 2017 an email to attn. Assistant Professor Alireza Mashaghi at Please ensure that you download the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:
• An application letter;
• A cv.

Laatst Gewijzigd: 27-03-2017