PhD position in Delft, BioNano: Molecular Neuroscience

Department/faculty: Faculty Applied Sciences
Level: University Graduate
Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly
Contract: 4 years
Salary: 2266 - 2897 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Faculty Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,800 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics.

The Department of Bionanoscience (, part of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at Delft University of Technology and part of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft (, is dedicated to pioneering, fundamental research at the interface between physics and biology. This young, international department was established in 2010 and has since expanded to currently 19 faculty members. The department offers excellent general facilities, including a central optical microscopy facility, a cryo-EM facility, extensive general cell biology and biochemistry facilities, and a large cleanroom facility, the Kavli Nanolab Delft. The Department strives for a collegial, nourishing, and inclusive environment. Since 2012, together with the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Department runs a Bachelor and Master program in Nanobiology, which provides a thorough combined training in biology and physics.

Job description

A position is available for a Ph.D. student in the research group of Dimphna Meijer, Department of Bionanoscience, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

The major research interest of the group is to investigate the development of the central nervous system on the nanoscale, specifically the formation of functional neural circuits, using a combination of quantitative cell biology, biochemistry and structural biology (cryo-electron microscopy) techniques. The successful applicant will study how macro-molecular complexes organize synapse formation and function.


We are looking for an outstanding candidate with a M.Sc. degree. The successful candidate has a strong chemistry or biology background, an interest in molecular neurobiology and a drive to excel in an ambitious international environment.

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience with cryo-electron microscopy (single particle or tomography)
  • Familiarity with membrane protein expression and purification

  • Knowledge of biophysical (imaging) methods

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.  

Information and application

For more information about this vacancy, you can contact Dr. Dimphna Meijer, Principal Investigator, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail your CV, letter of motivation and contact information of two references to Tracey de Ruijter, e-mail: Please apply before December 1st 2018 and refer to vacancy number TNWBN18-080 in your application.

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