Two Phd Positions In Developmental Biology (1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University
October 15, 2023
Offerd Salary:€2,770
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Two PhD positions in Developmental Biology (1.0 FTE)

Job description We are looking for two highly motivated PhD students who will join our research efforts to understand how epithelial cells become polarised, functionally specialise, and function. Cell polarity – the asymmetric distribution of components and functions within a cell along a directional axis – is a fundamental property of cells that is present across the kingdoms of life. Most cells need to distribute proteins, organelles, and functions along an axis of polarity in order to carry out their specialised functions and organise the 3D multicellular body.


  • To qualify for this position you cannot have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 36 months preceding the recruitment date.
  • A Master's degree (or equivalent) in Biology, if you are within a few months of completing your MSc degree, we also welcome you to apply! Please indicate in your application letter when you are likely to graduate.
  • A strong background in at least one but preferentially two of the following areas: Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, or Molecular Biology.
  • A strong interest in performing in vivo studies in elegans.
  • Proficiency in academic English.
  • Offer

  • a full time PhD position for 4 years (the first three years are funded by the Marie Curie Doctoral Networks programme of the European Commission, the fourth year by Utrecht University);
  • the opportunity to participate in the education programme of the Graduate School of Life Sciences and in the Marie Curie PhD training network (SurfEx)
  • a full-time gross salary starting at €2,770 in the first year and increasing to €3,539 in the fourth year (scale P Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (cao));
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • A pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.
  • In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, sports and cultural schemes and you get discounts on software and other IT products. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow.

    About the organization

    A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Shaping science, sharing tomorrow.

    Additional information

    If you have any questions that you'd like us to answer, please contact Mike Boxem at [email protected].

    Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

  • a curriculum vitae, including full personal and academic details;
  • a motivation letter;
  • outlining your interest in the position and your suitability, including your research experience, research skills and research interests (max. 2 pages);
  • if you prefer either position please indicate this clearly.
  • copies of relevant diplomas and academic transcripts;
  • your (draft) Master's thesis and other relevant publications you can provide;
  • Names and contact details of two academic referees
  • If this specific opportunity isn't what you are looking for but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.Some connections are fundamental – Be one of them#FundamentalConnection

    The application deadline is 15/10/2023

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