University of Groningen PhD Positions in Molecular Microbiology in Netherlands

Job/Internship in Medicine
  • Netherlands The, Netherlands The
  • Apply Before : April 15, 2024

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 231987
  • Degree PH.DResearch
  • No. of Opportunity 2
  • Fields of study Molecular Microbiology
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 4 Years
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

The University of Groningen invites applications for two Ph.D. positions in Molecular Microbiology, specifically focusing on the Systems Biology of Predatory Bacteria. This opportunity offers a unique chance to explore the interesting life cycle of Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus and explore its predatory behavior towards various Gram-negative bacteria.

Successful candidates will join the esteemed research group led by Dr. Renske van Raaphorst, situated within the Molecular Microbiology unit at the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute.

Key Details and Dates

  • Application Deadline: April 15, 2024, 11:59 pm Dutch local time (CET)
  • Starting Date: August/September 2024
  • Funding Type: Fully funded position
  • Host Institution: University of Groningen
  • Eligible Countries: All
  • Eligible Gender: Male/Female
  • Target Group: Individuals with a background in microbiology, bioengineering, bioinformatics, or related fields
  • Focus Area: Molecular Microbiology, Systems Biology
  • Study Level: PhD
  • Number of Opportunity: Two positions
  • Duration: 3 Years
  • Host Country: Netherlands

Benefits and Financial Aids

Selected candidates will benefit from the program as follows:

  • Monthly salary ranging from €2,770 gross in the first year to €3,539 gross in the fourth and final year
  • Full-time position (1.0 FTE)
  • Holiday allowance of 8% of gross annual income
  • End-of-the-year allowance of 8.3%
  • Possibility of contract renewal for up to three years based on performance
  • Enrolment in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering for PhD training program

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a Master’s degree with a specialization in microbiology, bioengineering, bioinformatics, or related topics
  • Demonstrate research experience in biochemistry, microbiology, or related fields
  • Possess strong English skills
  • Prove excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Experience in genetic engineering of bacteria, microscopy, or statistics is advantageous.

Required Documents

All candidates must submit the following documents as a single PDF:

  • Cover letter expressing background and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum vitae detailing educational background, work and research experience, and publications (if applicable)
  • Detailed description (max. 500 words) of previous research experience, including bachelor/master’s research projects
  • At least two academic references’ contact details

Selection Process

Following are the highlights of the selection process for the PhD Positions in Molecular Microbiology:

  • Applications will undergo a thorough evaluation process, following the guidelines of the Recruitment Code (NVP) and the European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruiting researchers.
  • Shortlisted candidates may receive invitations for further interviews or assessments.
  • Diversity among applicants is encouraged, and the university aims to create a socially safe environment where individuals from all backgrounds can apply.

How to Apply?

  • Applications are only accepted online via the university website before the deadline.
  • Incomplete applications are not acceptable.
  • Interested applicants can contact Dr. Renske van Raaphorst at for further information about the positions. However, do not use this email address to submit applications.



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More information about the PhD Positions in Molecular Microbiology is available on the University of Groningen website.


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