Post-doctoral Fellowship in Microbiology University of Groningen, Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) Netherlands

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Microbiology 



The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years, and with success; the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential global ranking lists.


The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Our programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials and biomachinery to astronomy, from mathematics to pharmacy, from neurosciences to computer science, and from molecular and evolutionary biology to marine biology. On top of its track record of research excellence, the Faculty offers a large number of bachelor's (BSc) and master's (MSc) degree programmes (respectively overseen by our Undergraduate and Graduate Schools of Science and Engineering). The majority of our BSc and MSc degree programmes are fully English-taught, thus allowing students from all over the world to follow a degree programme with us.


The Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB), one of the larger institutes of the FSE, provides an excellent environment for top-notch research in the field of biomolecular sciences. Twelve vibrant research groups with strong roots in biophysics, biochemistry & molecular biology, cell biology, chemistry, computational biology, microbiology or genetics are organized in two focal areas: ‘Molecular Mechanisms of Biological Processes’ and ‘Physiology and Systems Biology’.


The FSE Fellowship programme

Our unique FSE fellowship programme offers temporary positions for talented junior researchers who want to further develop both their research and teaching skills. You will have an appointment for four years during which you can do challenging research, have various teaching responsibilities (approximately 30% of the time), and be offered opportunities for training and career orientation.
From day one, you will have a personal Work and Development Plan (WDP) that describes the specific research, teaching and training activities that you will undertake. You will receive didactic training in your first year and have the opportunity to obtain a University Teaching Qualification. In addition to the yearly Result and Development Interviews with your supervisors, you will have a yearly meeting with a career counsellor to discuss your career development and plans.
A personal budget of a € 1,000 per year is dedicated for additional training and career activities.


Job description

We offer a position in the fields of Biomolecular Sciences, in the area of Microbiology. The fellow will teach in the BSc Biology or the BSc Life, Science and Technology and will be embedded in the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute.



You have:
• a PhD, obtained no longer than 3 years ago, preferably from another university than the University of Groningen
• a promising research record in (molecular) microbiology or a related field
• affinity with teaching; individuals with actual teaching experience will be favoured
• an excellent command of English.


Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a starting salary depending on the date you obtained your PhD and your postdoctoral years. The UFO-profile Researcher/Lecturer (scale 10) applies. In addition to the primary salary the University offers 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%:


• 0 years: € 3,255 gross per month for a full-time position
• 1 year: € 3,389 gross per month for a full-time position
• 2 years: € 3,514 gross per month for a full-time position
• 3 years: € 3,637 gross per month for a full-time position.


You will have an initial appointment of one year that will be extended by 3 years if you perform satisfactorily. The fellowship will not be extended after the four years period.


The University of Groningen provides career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.


The University of Groningen has adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.


The preferred starting date is before 1 July 2019.



You may apply to one of the positions until 14 April 11.59pm / before 15 April 2019 Dutch local time by means of the online application form. Click on ‘Apply’ below the advertisement on the website.


Interested candidates are invited to submit a complete application including:
• a letter of motivation
• a curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
• a short description (max 1 A4) of your teaching interests (extra attachment 1)
• a short description (max 1 A4) of your scientific field of interest (extra attachment 2).

In this stage of recruitment, we don’t ask for reference letters.

Selection interviews will take place in the last half of April 2019.

Unsolicited marketing is nog appreciated.



For information you can contact:

  • Yvonne Folkers (coordinator of the FSE Fellowship Program),


Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

Additional information

  • For information about the research institute GBB please visit:

  • For information about our BSc degree programs please visit:

  • For information about our MCs degree programs please viist:

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