Postdoc – Co-cultivation of Sponge Cells and Bacterial Symbionts, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Postdoc in Netherlands

Postdoc – Co-cultivation of Sponge Cells: Are you passionate about advancing basal animal cell line development and exploring the interaction between bacterial symbionts and sponge cell growth? Do you believe in the potential of producing specialized pharmaceutical metabolites from sponge cells and bacteria? If you are excited about pushing the boundaries of research, we invite you to apply for the Postdoctoral position within our team.

Published on: October 19, 2023

Location: Wageningen

Designation: Postdoctoral Researcher (3 years, full-time employment)

Research Area: Co-cultivation of sponge cells and bacterial symbionts


  • PhD in a related field involving cultivation of eukaryotic cells and/or bacteria.
  • Interest in marine invertebrates and symbiotic relationships.
  • Familiarity with cellular metabolism and biosynthetic pathways.
  • Proficiency in basic molecular biology laboratory techniques.
  • Strong publication record in top-tier peer-reviewed journals.
  • Collaborative mindset to work effectively with other PhD students/postdocs.

Job Description:

Postdoc – Co-cultivation of Sponge Cells and Bacterial Symbionts

The Aquatic Microbial Ecology group of the Laboratory of Microbiology is seeking a Postdoctoral researcher for a European Union-funded research project known as COMBO. The primary objective of COMBO is to develop innovative culturing systems based on the holobiont concept to produce high-added value bioactives derived from seaweeds and sponges.

As a Postdoctoral researcher, your responsibilities include:

  1. Integrating biological knowledge of sponge cells and symbionts to design co-culture setups.
  2. Cultivating sponge cells and microorganisms.
  3. Applying molecular biology methods to identify eukaryotes and prokaryotes and monitor specialized metabolite production.
  4. Collaborating with industry partners for upscaling growth of sponge cells and/or bacteria.

How to Apply: For more information about this position, please contact Detmer Sipkema, Associate Professor, via email: For details regarding the application procedure, please reach out to Rutger Voorrips, recruiter, via email:

To apply, use the “Apply” button on the vacancy page on our website. Your application should include a PDF document with a cover/motivation letter and your CV. The CV must provide the names and contact details of three individuals who can be contacted for references. No additional documents are required at this stage.

Last Date for Application: This vacancy will be open for applications until November 20, 2023. Initial job interviews are scheduled for 24 November 2023.

Disclaimer: This job post is provided for informational purposes and is based on a reliable source. To obtain further information and verify details, please refer to the official website of Wageningen University & Research.

Wageningen University & Research is an inclusive employer, and we encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds and qualities. We value diversity and aim to provide equal career opportunities to all applicants. Additional information about our commitment to inclusiveness can be found on the “working at WUR with a functional impairment” page.

About Us: Wageningen University & Research is dedicated to exploring the potential of nature to enhance the quality of life. We are a leading organization in the domains of healthy food, living environment, and sustainability, with a global reputation for groundbreaking research and innovative education. At the Laboratory of Microbiology, our research is characterized by innovative cultivation- and genomics-driven approaches in food, pharmaceutical, and environmental biotechnology. The Aquatic Microbial Ecology group focuses on the interactions between eukaryotes and prokaryotes, with a specific emphasis on sponge, fish, and microalgae as hosts. Dr. Detmer Sipkema leads the Aquatic Microbial Ecology group, and he will be your supervisor.



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