The Synthetic Organic Chemistry (SOC) group is part of the Sustainable Chemistry research theme. The SOC group is recruiting a Research Technician for supporting our research programmes that are mainly funded by NWO and STW grants. Our research is dedicated to the development of novel and sustainable synthetic methodologies directed to complex and societally important molecules for which currently no (sustainable) preparations exist. Transition-metal catalyzed C-H activation, C-terminal peptide activation, organocatalysis, template-directed small peptide cyclization and the total synthesis of natural products are the main research lines. Parts of our research is conducted in close collaboration with industrial partners

What are you going to do?

You are expected to:

  • carry out routine and custom research in synthetic organic chemistry;
  • keep updated to novel equipment and processes and advice the supervisor about their innovation and possible applications into our research programme;
  • exhibit the highest degree of reliability and accuracy to assure quality and reproducibility of results;
  • perform daily management and organisation of the laboratory;
  • instruct (in collaboration with the supervisor) PhD and undergraduate students to the good practise in laboratory work and maintenance of a safe working environment;
  • schedule of instrument usage and responsibilities of team members;
  • contribute with the supervisor and the post-doctoral researchers to the initial laboratory training of new team members (masters, PhD candidates, visiting scientists from academia and industry, etc.);
  • travel to workshops, collaborators and other universities in the Netherlands may be occasionally required;
  • keep updated with the latest relevant literature related to the own research project;
  • participate in research discussions, including own research involvement;
  • contact suppliers in collaboration with supervisor and senior team members and  to order consumables and instrument parts when required.

What do we require?


  • hold a BSc or master’s degree in organic chemistry  with a special focus on synthesis;
  • must be willing to share your expertise with the other group members as well as being open to acquire new knowledge from them;
  • have the ability to work independently (after an initial training) in an international environment and laboratory trouble-shooting is highly required;
  • are highly motivated and open to work in a high multidisciplinary environment;
  • have good communication skills in oral and written English.

 If you do not meet the first two requirements your application will not be considered. Experience in metal-catalyzed C-H activation is an advantage.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 30.4 hours a week  for the duration of 12 months. A permanent contract subsequently follows if we assess your performance positive ( (based on lab management, research activity, coaching of students and data reporting). Probation time is of 2 months according to the university regulations.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,656 to €3,548 (scale 8) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week. This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants.The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

About the Faculty of Science and the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) is one of eight institutes of the Faculty of Science. HIMS performs internationally recognized chemistry and molecular research, curiosity driven as well as application driven. This is done in close cooperation with the chemical, flavour & food, medical and high-tech industries. Research is organised into four themes: Sustainable Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry and Molecular Photonics.


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The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 4 January 2021. You may apply online by using the link below. 

Applications in .pdf should include a motivation letter and CV, including a list of publications.

Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

No agencies please

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