Post-doc Synthetic biology

Gepubliceerd op
9 april 2018
Locatie Wageningen
Expertisegebied Agriculture
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We are looking for

We are looking for a post-doc candidate that will be involved in a collaborative project with several European partners in the ERA CoBioTech program ( The successful candidate will join an active, interdisciplinary team at Wageningen Plant Research working in the field of synthetic biology applied for the production of plant compounds via microbial fermentation. We are looking for an enthusiastic post-doc candidate who will be involved in plant enzyme characterisation and the assembly of metabolic pathways and regulatory circuits to promote the production of high value aromatic compounds in microbes. The approach to achieve this will be based on the principle of design-build-test-learn-cycle inherent to systems - and synthetic biology. The candidate will also be involved in FAIR data management, communication and dissemination activities related to the project

We ask

You have

  • A PhD degree in plant biochemistry, metabolic engineering or industrial microbiology.
  • Experience in the application of synthetic biology for the production of sustainable chemicals via fermentation.
  • Experience in metabolic engineering of microbes.
  • Experience in plant enzyme characterisation.
  • Experience in working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • A keen interest in green-white biotechnology.
  • Excellent communication skills as well as excellent command of English, both written and spoken.

We offer

We offer you a temporary position for 1 year, with a possible extension of 2 years. The position is for a maximum of 32 hours per week and a gross salary of minimal € 2.609 rising up to a maximum of € 4.253 for a full time appointment of 36 hours per week (corresponding to salary scale 10 CAO Wageningen Research.

More information

For more information about this position, please contact Dirk Bosch, Plant Wageningen Research, Telephone number +31 317 480 933, E-mail:

For more information about the selection procedure and contractual aspects, please contact Eva Siebelink, HR Advisor, telephone number +31 317 481 260.

You can apply online at up and until 23th April 2018

We are

Wageningen University & Research
Delivering a substantial contribution to the quality of life. That's our focus – each and every day. Within our domain of good and safe food & food production, food security and a healthy living environment, we search for answers to issues affecting society – such as sustainable food production, climate change and alternative energy. Of course, we don’t do this alone. Every day, 5000 people work on ‘the quality of life’, turning ideas into reality, on a global scale.

Could you be one of these people? We give you the space you need.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at

Wageningen Research, BU Bioscience
The research on synthetic biology for the production of plant bioactive compounds is embedded in the cluster of prof. Dr. Dirk Bosch at the business unit Bioscience at Wageningen Plant Research. Our team studies the plant metabolic pathways and the engineering of these pathways in microorganisms using the principles of synthetic biology. Our mission is to explore the genetic and metabolic variation of plants to answer to the increasing need for sustainable biobased materials and fine chemicals.