PhD candidate in Chemistry/Chemical Biology (4 positions, 1.0 FTE)

University of Leiden – Faculty of Science and Leiden Institute for Chemistry

The Faculty of Science and Leiden Institute for Chemistry is looking for a 

PhD candidate in Chemistry/Chemical Biology (4 positions, 1.0 FTE)
Vacancy number 17-402 

Key responsibilities
The Leiden Institute of Chemistry invites applications for PhD positions 2017. These positions are awarded to worldwide graduates with a demonstrated talent for fundamental research, who seek to pursue an ambitious PhD project of up to four years, on a topic in ‘Chemical Biology’. 

Selection Criteria

  • A recent MSc degree in Chemistry, Life Sciences (or equivalent);
  • Ability to perform research independently;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Good proficiency in the English language (both oral and written);
  • Excellent grades and references.

Research at our faculty
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 committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity 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 organised 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.  For more information, see

The chemistry and life science research in the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is organized around two major research areas: ‘Chemical Biology’ and ‘Energy & Sustainability’. The institute’s research themes illustrate the central position of chemistry between biology, medicine and physics. The various research topics carried out within these themes are ideal for executing interdisciplinary research. Information about the Chemical Biology research at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry can be found at

Terms and conditions
We offer a position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary ranges from € 2,222  to € 2,840  gross per month (pay scale P 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. More at 

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school. 

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

In the first round applicants will submit their CV. The CV will be assessed by the Chemical Biology PhD selection committee. A choice of candidates will be offered the opportunity to send a comprehensive motivation, based on four research projects (only to be provided to candidates for the second round). In this stage inquiries can be made to the specific PhD supervisors.

If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact the LIC secretary, Astrid Vrieling, email, telephone +31 71 527 4293. 

To apply for this vacancy, send no later than 19 October 2017 an email to Astrid Vrieling, email Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number in the subject of your email:

  • A CV, including a list of publications;
  • A transcripts of grades.

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