PhD Position in Bio-Imaging, VU Amsterdam, Netherlands

Postdoc in Netherlands

PhD Position in Bio-Imaging: The Faculty of Science at VU Amsterdam is offering a fully funded PhD position in Nanoscale Optical Bio-Imaging & Manipulation. If you are passionate about single-molecule biophysics, optical microscopy, and applications in DNA and chromosome research, and desire to work in an interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research field with industry connections, we invite you to apply.

PhD Position in Nanoscale Optical Bio-Imaging & Manipulation

Designation: PhD Researcher

Research Area: Nanoscale Optical Bio-Imaging & Manipulation (Physics of Living Systems)

Location: VU Amsterdam, W&N Gebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands


  • M.Sc. degree in (applied) physics, engineering, or a related field.
  • Experience with optics, imaging, data analysis, and computer programming (Python, Matlab, etc.).
  • Interest in biophysical, biological, or biomedical applications.
  • Effective communication skills in English, both spoken and written.
  • Strong commitment to collaborate with scientists from different labs and institutions.

Job Description: As a PhD candidate within the Physics of Living Systems research group, you will contribute to the development, design, implementation, and application of fluorescence-based nanoscopic imaging systems. The project involves collaboration with TU Delft and LUMICKS b.v. Your responsibilities include the development of new hardware and data analysis tools, applying these innovations to biophysical problems, and presenting your findings at national and international conferences. The position offers ample freedom to explore and pursue your ideas and directions, with the goal of completing a dissertation leading to a Ph.D. degree within the 4-year project.

How to Apply:

  • Call opens: January 15, 2024
  • Application deadline: February 14, 2024
  • Online interviews: April 22 – 25, 2024
  • Applications accepted via the online Application portal here.

Last Date for Apply: The application deadline is February 14, 2024.

What do we offer?

  • A challenging position with a salary ranging from €2,770,00 (PhD) to a maximum of €3,539,00 (PhD) gross per month in the fourth year for a full-time employment.
  • Initially, an employment contract of 1 year, extendable to a total of 4 years, with the dissertation marking the end of the contract.
  • Attractive fringe benefits and arrangements, including holiday leave entitlement, holiday allowance, end-of-year bonus, sports facilities, commuting expense contribution, and space for personal development.

Note: The PhD project is part of the NWO-TTW-funded Perspectief program “3D Nanoscale Imaging” and involves collaboration with LUMICKS b.v. and imaging physicists at TU Delft. VU Amsterdam encourages diversity and welcomes applications from candidates who may not meet all requirements but recognize themselves in the profile.



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