PhD Candidate -Sustainable Biotech, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Postdoc in Netherlands

PhD Candidate -Sustainable Biotech: Wageningen University & Research’s BioNanoTechnology (BNT) group is seeking a motivated and qualified candidate for a PhD position in the research domain of artificial metalloenzymes for sustainable biotechnology. This interdisciplinary project, in collaboration with Basel University, involves the development of synthetic metal coordination complexes and their incorporation into proteins to create artificial metalloenzymes with engineered functionalities. The successful candidate will work at the intersection of inorganic chemistry and single-molecule biophysics, contributing to innovative research within an international and collaborative environment.


DesignationPhD Candidate
Research AreaArtificial Metalloenzymes for Sustainable Biotech
Eligibility/QualificationMSc degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry; knowledge in proteins and enzymatic reactions (preferred)
Job DescriptionSee below
How to ApplyApply through the website (link)
Last Date for ApplyDecember 4th, 2023

Job Description:

PhD Candidate – Artificial Metalloenzymes for Sustainable Biotech

  • Conduct curiosity-driven interdisciplinary research in inorganic chemistry and single-molecule biophysics.
  • Develop synthetic metal coordination complexes and incorporate them into proteins to create artificial metalloenzymes.
  • Utilize techniques such as chemical synthesis, spectroscopy, protein biochemistry, genetic code expansion, and single-molecule nanopore technology.
  • Collaborate with the BioNanoTechnology research group at WUR and the Schmid lab at Basel University.
  • Receive supervision from Dr. Namita Sharma and Dr. Sonja Schmid, with Prof. Aldrik Velders as the thesis research promoter.
  • Strengthen and establish collaborative research lines between BNT at WUR and Prof. Schmid’s group at Basel University.
  • Work in an international and collaborative team of experienced PhD candidates.


  • MSc degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry; a Science degree with a strong component in these disciplines is also considered.
  • Experimental experience and fundamental knowledge in coordination chemistry, synthesis, bioinorganic chemistry, protein biochemistry, and spectroscopic techniques.
  • Additional experience in protein production, functionalization, and single-molecule nanopore recordings is a benefit.
  • Strong communication skills (spoken and written).
  • Proactive, structured, and reliable work style.
  • Creative problem-solving approach to experimental challenges.
  • English language proficiency at C1 level.

How to Apply: Interested candidates can apply directly through the apply button on the official vacancy page on the Wageningen University & Research website.

Last Date for Apply: Applications will be accepted until Monday, 04 December 2023. The first round of job interviews is scheduled for the first week of December 2023.

Wageningen University & Research is an equal opportunity employer, and applications are encouraged from individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Please review the official site for details on inclusiveness and equal opportunities.

For additional information about the position, contact Namita Sharma at For inquiries about the application procedure, contact Rutger Voorrips, recruiter, at



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