PhD Position in Microbial Lineages, WUR, Netherlands

Postdoc in Netherlands

PhD Position in Microbial Lineages: A fully funded PhD position is available at Wageningen University & Research for candidates eager to unravel the physiology and cell biology of uncultured microbial lineages. The position involves employing innovative cultivation enrichment strategies and cutting-edge microscopy analyses to isolate and study cell biological and physiological properties of novel archaeal lineages.

Study Area

The research focuses on the diversity and evolution of microorganisms, particularly those that have been poorly studied. The project aims to contribute to the expanding genomic knowledge of prokaryotic lineages, primarily within the archaeal domain.

Scholarship Description

PhD Position in Exploration of Novel Microbial Lineages

As a PhD student, you will join a diverse research team, conducting independent research on microbial lineages. The project involves the development of targeted enrichment techniques, maintaining enrichment cultures, and characterizing microbial lineages using physiological and microscopy approaches.


  • Master’s degree in Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, or a related field.
  • Expertise in enrichment cultivation strategies and microscopy techniques.
  • Broad knowledge of microbial physiology and metabolism.
  • Affinity with cell manipulation techniques (FISH, BONCAT, FACS).
  • Experience with bioinformatics analyses of large biological datasets is a plus.
  • Proficiency in English (C1 level).

Required Documents

  1. Motivation letter
  2. CV, including publication list
  3. One-page research statement
  4. University certificates and transcripts
  5. Writing samples (recent paper or PhD thesis summary)
  6. Names and contact details of two academic reference persons

How to Apply

Submit your application as one PDF file via email to by the application deadline: December 31, 2023.

Last Date for Apply

Applications will be accepted up to and including 31 December 2023, or until a suitable candidate has been identified. The first job interviews are scheduled for early January 2023.


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