• 38-40 hour a week

Job description

To enable the research on DNA- and RNA-replication in the Nynke Dekker Lab, we perform extensive protein purification to support biophysical experiments. We are looking for a skilled analyst with experience in molecular biology and biochemistry to support a research project on DNA replication wherein we study the activity of purified protein complexes in single-molecule experiments. This position requires a balance between hands-on technical and scientific skills in the support of biophysical research and creative thinking-along with the researchers. The successful candidate will actively participate in the implementation, problem-solving and development of state-of-the-art laboratory protocols as well as provide expert advice in molecular biology and biochemistry to the members of the team. This can be either a part-time or a full-time position. The position is offered as a one-year contract with the possibility of extension as indicated.

Academic research is highly dynamic, and responsibilities may change frequently! The core responsibilities are:

  • Conceptually understand the molecular biology and biochemistry necessities underlying biophysical experimentation
  • Maintain a stock of purified protein complexes for use in biophysical experimentation
  • Design and implement enhanced laboratory protocols following examination of scientific literature and discussion with researchers
  • Investigate experimental methods or equipment to further enhance laboratory protocols
  • Help to maintain a clean and safe laboratory environment in conjunction with fellow analysts and researchers
  • (Co-)author publications with other researchers to document the results of your work.


  • Applicants should have the following qualifications:
  • Strong background in experimental molecular biology and biochemistry.
  • Professional experience in laboratory work in a team setting.
  • Excellent knowledge of protein purification from bacterial and yeast cells, hands-on operating experience with state-of-the-art purification and analysis tools.
  • Knowledge of bacterial or eukaryotic cell culturing.
  • Experience in molecular cloning techniques.
  • Aptitude for understanding scientific concepts.
  • Good scientific communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate in a multidisciplinary environment ranging from physics and biophysics to biology.
  • Proven ability to run a project and keep it on track.
  • Working proficiency in English.
  • You should have permission to work in the EU, citizenship or a work permit through a partner.
  • A PhD degree is a plus but not a formal requirement.

Conditions of employment

  • The salary is based on scale 8-9, with a maximum of € 4012, -gross per month on a fulltime basis, according to the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities, plus 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • An excellent pension scheme via the ABP.
  • The possibility to compile an individual employment package every year.
  • Discount with health insurers.
  • Flexible working week.
  • Every year, 232 leave hours (at 38 hours). You can also sell or buy additional leave hours via the individual choice budget.
  • Plenty of opportunities for education, training and courses.
  • Partially paid parental leave
  • Attention for working healthy and energetically with the Health Coach Program.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology
Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Applied Sciences
With more than 1,000 employees, including 135 pioneering principal investigators, as well as a population of about 3,400 passionate students, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is an inspiring scientific ecosystem. Focusing on key enabling technologies, such as quantum- and nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, synthetic biology and materials for energy storage and conversion, our faculty aims to provide solutions to important problems of the 21st century. To that end, we train students in broad Bachelor’s and specialist Master’s programmes with a strong research component. Our scientists conduct ground-breaking fundamental and applied research in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Engineering Physics. We are also training the next generation of high school teachers and science communicators.
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Additional information

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Dr. Belen Solano Hermosilla, email:

Application procedure

To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV and the names and contact information of three references along with a letter of application by 1 November 2020 to

A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.

No agencies please

Key words: Vacancy, Laboratory Research, Analist, Technician, Moleculaire Biologie, Biochemie, Laboratoriumonderzoek, Laboratoriumtechniek, HLO, Master, Delft, Zuid-Holland