Research Technician Molecular Microbiology

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Research Technician Molecular Microbiology
  • Higher Professional Education

The Molecular Microbiology group, located at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is looking for a research technician with experience in Molecular Biology.

FTE: 0,8 - 1

Job description

Our international research group is active in the field of protein trafficking in bacteria with applications in the development of antibiotics and vaccines. We share a lab in the new OI2 research building with the Medical Microbiology and Infection control group. Technically, our work involves Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with a focus on protein interactions. The successful applicant will participate in our research projects and work in close collaboration with other technicians, PhD students and senior scientists. In addition he/she will assist in practical courses and perform lab management tasks.

Your duties

Play a constructive and responsible role in the daily management of the laboratory.
In particular you will:
  • support the research projects of the section Molecular Microbiology
  • ensure that equipment is in optimal working order
  • instruct and support other lab members
  • assist in practical courses


  • a qualification in laboratory skills, i.e. Hoger Laboratorium Onderwijs or equivalent
  • demonstrated hands-on experience with recombinant DNA techniques such as PCR and cloning
  • experience in protein expression, purification and analysis
  • strong communication, organization and social skills; high competence in either English or Dutch (both are preferred)
  • eam player with the ability to work independently
  • strong motivation for scientific research

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,656 (scale 8)
and a maximum €3,548 (scale 8), depending on your education and experience.
The job profile is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment,
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus,
  • solid pension scheme (ABP),
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavour – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.

Molecular Microbiology Group
The Molecular Microbiology group belongs to the Molecular Cell Biology department and the Amsterdam Institute for Molecules, Medicines and Systems (AIMMS; https:// Within the group we are interested in the mechanisms of protein trafficking in model and pathogenic bacteria. This also forms the basis of more applied projects in which we develop antimicrobials. The section is also involved in teaching such as the BSc programs “Biology”, “Biomedical Sciences”, “Health and Life Sciences” and the MSc programs “Biomolecular Sciences” and “Infectious Diseases”.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, track records and details of references (all in English) until March 15, 2021. Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact: 
Name: Dr. Joen Luirink 
Position: Associate Professor Molecular Microbiology/CSO of Abera Bioscience 

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