Scientist Plant Molecular Biology

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Begijnhof, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 3427 - € 5330 per maand

The Faculty of Science and the Institute of Biology Leiden are looking for a Scientist Plant Molecular Biology (1.0 fte).


The Institute of Biology Leiden is looking for a candidate who can develop and motivate its own scientific group. The candidate is expected to develop a strong independent research line that is attractive for BSc and MSc and PhD students, and is competitive for funding at the national (NWO, STW, Top Sector) and international (ERC, EU) level. Preferably, the research line should be complementary to and thus strengthen the existing research on plant defense, development and genome editing. She/he will be expected to contribute to the Biology teaching program of the IBL at BSc and/or MSc level.


  • A PhD in molecular (plant) science;
  • An excellent track record with high impact publications;
  • A broad international network;
  • Experience with modern plant molecular and cellular techniques and bioinformatics;
  • Affinity with mathematical modelling;
  • A good command of the English language, both in speech and in writing;
  • A good command of the Dutch language, or be prepared to learn the Dutch language;
  • Successful in raising research funds;
  • You’re an inspiring and energetic ‘out-of-the-box’ thinkers with a clear view on a challenging research and education program;


The candidate will initially be offered a tenure track position. For candidates with an exceptional track record immediate appointment as full professor may be considered.
Our tenure track is expected to lead to a tenured position as associate professor and eventually as a full professor. We focus on talent by investing in your professional and personal development. A special mentor program is offered with fellow tenure trackers in a peer group. This program has a strong focus on coaching and training in order to improve managerial skills.
We offer a 6 year term position, with the possibility of a tenure position based on performance. Salary range from € 3,427.- minimum salaris to € 5,330.- maximum salaris gross per month (pay scale 11/12 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. For more information about working at Leiden University

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ). If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

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

Additional information

Enquiries about the position can be made to dr. Remko Offringa, email, telephone +31 71 527 5097. If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact mrs. Sanne Doorenbosch, email


Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.

Faculty of Science

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 organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve 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 Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL) is an internationally oriented institute for research and education in biology that is part of the Faculty of Science at Leiden University. The IBL is located in the Leiden Bioscience Park and collaborates with neighbouring institutes including the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre (NBC), and institutes in the Faculty of Science. Our aim is to perform top quality innovative fundamental and strategic research that will contribute to solutions for societal challenges, and generate industrial opportunities. The Institute is organized in three multidisciplinary research clusters: Animal Sciences and Health, Plant Sciences and Natural Products, and Microbial Biotechnology and Health.

The Plant Science and Natural Products cluster performs state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary research in the field of plant sciences, and has strong expertise in genome modification, development and evolution, and ecology and phytochemistry. The objective of the research is to obtain fundamental knowledge about processes in plants in order to assist biotechnological or medical innovations. For more information, see


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