Postdoc position NMR and photosynthesis, Leiden University

There is a 3yrs postdoc position available at Leiden University, Leiden Institute of Chemistry, for the project “Tuning the photosynthetic membrane with atomistic precision” financed by a Dutch Fundamental Research of Matter (FOM) research grant.

Job description

The solid-state NMR dept. at Leiden University applies NMR methods for natural and artificial photosynthesis research. To protect photosynthetic organisms from photo damage, their photosynthetic membranes undergo continuous remodeling in response to light fluctuations. In this project, NMR techniques will be developed to perform in-situ spectroscopy on photosynthetic membranes in different states, and investigate the molecular structure and dynamics of protein and lipid constituents. Additional techniques include fluorescence spectroscopy, culturing and isotope labeling of photosynthetic cells and biochemical preparations.

Leiden houses a 750 MHz wide bore spectrometer used for MAS NMR, in addition to a 850MHz and 600MHZ spectrometer equipped with a cryoprobe for solution state. Leiden is partner of the uNMR-NL consortium, having access to the ultrahigh-field NMR facility based at Utrecht University (currently 950 MHz, in near future 1.2 GHz).


You hold an PhD degree in (bio)physics or (bio)chemistry and you have first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals. You have experience in biomolecular/solid-state NMR or in biophysical techniques in photosynthesis, and a genuine interest to perform research on the intersection between physics, chemistry and biology. As the research will be carried out in an international and interdisciplinary environment, other requirements are excellent communication skills and good skills in written and spoken English.

Conditions of employment

The conditions of employment of the FOM Foundation are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more exclusive information is available at this website under Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English).

Further information and application

Motivated candidates should send their application, including CV, motivation letter and names and contact details of at least 2 references to Dr. Anjali Pandit: