Developmental Biology

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Research Support Scientist (1,0 fte)

Job description

We are looking for a full-time research scientist, to provide support for the research in the Developmental Biology division at Utrecht University. We study the regulation of cell division and the control of the spatial organization of cells using the nematode C. elegans as a model system. Our research employs a combination of in vivo, systems biology, and biochemistry approaches, and relies heavily on the use of state-of-the-art microscopy.

You will provide broad support for the research performed in our division. Main tasks include:

General laboratory support (~ 4-8 hours/week) – Together with a second senior technician, you will maintain laboratory equipment (training employees and arranging repairs), maintain supplies inventory (checking stock and placing orders), and train new employees in general rules and guidelines.

Fluorescence microscopy support (~ 8 hours/week) – We have several wide-field and confocal fluorescence microscopes within our division, and regularly use the equipment in the Biology Imaging Center of our department. You will train employees in the optimal use of our light microscopy setups, and in image processing and quantification. You will also maintain microscope equipment, ensure staff compliance with usage rules, and arrange equipment repair or replacement. You will have support in these activities from experienced technical support personnel from the Biology Imaging Center.

Research support – You will provide research support to ongoing research projects on an as needed basis. This will entail a wide-variety of possible responsibilities, including molecular cloning, C. elegans genetics, generation of transgenic strains, biochemistry, and microscopy. Testing and optimizing novel techniques is another possible research direction.


The successful candidate has his/her heart set on a career in science, without necessarily desiring to fulfill the administrative obligations that come with running a research group. He/she should be an experienced researcher (e.g., completed a PhD), with extensive knowledge of fluorescence microscopy and image analysis. He/she should be mechanically inclined, be willing to meet on-demand obligations, and be able to work independently as well as in a team. He/she should have experience with molecular biology techniques. Experience with genetics and/or C. elegans is desirable but not required. Good English-language communication skills are essential.


We offer a dynamic and international work environment, in which you have the opportunity to work with a high level of independence in a senior supporting role. The candidate is offered a full-time position for 3 years. The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

About the organisation

Utrecht University has great ambitions for its teaching quality and study success rates. This also applies to its clear research profiles which are centred around four themes: Dynamics of Youth, Institutions, Life Sciences and Sustainability. Utrecht University plays a prominent role in our society and contributes to finding the answers to topical and future societal issues.

The Faculty of Science consists of six departments: Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Information and Computing Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Faculty is home to 3500 students and nearly 2000 staff and is internationally renowned for the quality of its research. The Faculty's academic programmes reflect developments in today's society.

Developmental Biology is part of the Institute of Biodynamics and Biocomplexity (IBB) of the Biology department. The research of the Developmental Biology division focuses on studying biological principles in the context of living, developing multicellular organisms. Three research groups use C. elegans as a model system. The groups work in close collaboration, providing critical mass and a vibrant atmosphere with many national and international contacts. The candidate will have access to state-of-the-art microscopy facilities, both in house and through the Biology Imaging Center of the IBB. The Developmental Biology division also houses the newly established Large-Particle Flow Cytometry Facility.

Additional information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Dr. Mike Boxem (+31 30 253 3714 or


Please submit your application by e-mail to Attach a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and (email) addresses of two referees. Application deadline is 01-11-2018.