Postdoc in Biophysics of Photosynthesis, Wageningen, Netherlands

Postdoc Position in Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam - Netherlands

Postdoc in Biophysics of Photosynthesis: We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral candidate with a strong interest in photosynthetic light acclimation in plants to join our research team. The successful candidate will work on a project investigating light acclimation of plants using advanced optical microscopy and mass spectrometry. This position is part of an NWO Vidi project, and the postdoc will collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of researchers to unravel the mechanisms of photosynthetic adaptation in response to changing light conditions.

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  • Job Title: Postdoc in Biophysics of Photosynthesis
  • Published Date: May 24, 2023
  • Location: Wageningen
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Designation: Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Area: Biophysics of Photosynthesis, Light Acclimation in Plants

Location: Wageningen, Netherlands


  • PhD degree in biochemistry, biophysics, or optical microscopy.
  • Background in protein biochemistry, fluorescence microscopy, and/or biophysics.
  • Experience in advanced optical spectroscopy or protein biochemistry, preferably related to plants.
  • Strong skills in data analysis and solving complex problems.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills in English (Language level C2).
  • Ability to design and independently conduct experiments.

Job Description: The postdoc will contribute to an NWO Vidi project focused on understanding how plants adapt their photosynthetic light-harvesting machinery to varying light conditions. The main objectives of the role include:

  • Analyzing the architecture and dynamics of the thylakoid membrane in Arabidopsis mutant plants with altered charges on the major light-harvesting complex (LHCII).
  • Employing spectroscopic techniques such as PAM and fluorescence spectroscopy, as well as microscopic methods like confocal and electron microscopy, to investigate the properties of the thylakoid membrane.
  • Performing biochemical experiments using SDS-PAGE and differential centrifugation.
  • Conducting additional experiments using advanced microscopy setups available at the Wageningen MicroSpectroscopy Research Facility.
  • Analyzing complex data generated from experiments.
  • Collaborating with other members of the Laboratory of Biophysics.
  • Disseminating research findings by writing articles for leading peer-reviewed journals and presenting at international conferences.

How to Apply: To apply for this position, please click on the following link and complete the application form on our website: [Apply Here](insert link)

Last Date for Apply: Wednesday, 14 June 2023

For further information about this position, please contact Dr. Emilie Wientjes, Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Biophysics, at +31317485129 or For inquiries about the application procedure, please reach out to Rutger Voorrips, recruiter, at +31 317 480571 or

About the Organization: Wageningen University & Research is a leading institution in the field of life sciences. Our mission is to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. With a strong emphasis on collaboration and an integrated approach to problem-solving, we aim to find solutions to important global challenges related to healthy food and the living environment. As part of our international working environment, we prioritize inclusivity and equal opportunities.

Please visit our website for more information about Wageningen University & Research and the Laboratory of Biophysics.



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