The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Chemistry are looking for a

Postdoctoral researcher in Supramolecular Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Project description
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the group of Dr. Sander J. Wezenberg at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry of the Faculty of Science. The candidate will develop and study stimuli-responsive synthetic molecular systems able to mediate transmembrane transport. The project requires a variety of approaches ranging from organic synthesis, binding and switching studies, to membrane transport assays.

Selection criteria
Applicants should have a PhD in Chemistry (or have submitted their thesis before the start date). Experience with stimuli-responsive materials, phospholipid vesicles, or membrane transport would be advantageous but is not required. Effective communication skills to supervise and train junior researchers in the laboratory is a must. The candidate is encouraged to apply for independent fellowships that will support their future career development.

The position is available immediately; The candidate should ideally start by September 2022.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline. The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is diverse, ranging from mathematics, artificial intelligence, computer science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 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 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.

Terms and conditions
We offer a full-time, one year term position, with the possibility of renewal for up to one more year depending on the performance. Salary range from € 3.420,-  to € 4.490,- gross per month (pay scale 10 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. For more information, see

Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.

Enquiries can be made to Dr. Sander J. Wezenberg, email: Further information may also be obtained by visiting our website, see

Interested candidates should send a curriculum vitae and a motivation letter to Mrs. Michelle van der Haar, email: Letters of reference should be available upon request but are not needed at the time of application.

Only applications received no later than July 10th, 2022 will be considered.  

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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