Full Professor in Membrane Biochemistry (1.0 FTE)

Hours per week: 
38 to 40
Faculty of Science
Department of Chemistry
Application deadline: 

Job description

The Department of Chemistry at Utrecht University is renowned as a world-class centre of excellence and innovation in both research and education, fully resourced and equipped with state-of-the-art technological platforms. Currently, the Department is actively recruiting new staff members, including a new colleague in the field of Membrane Biochemistry to join the Bijvoet Centre for Biomolecular Research. The Bijvoet Centre advances our understanding of life at the most detailed molecular level by using cutting-edge structural and analytical methods in combination with state-of-the-art molecular biology, biochemistry as well as computational and biophysical methods.

The Full Professor position will be embedded in the research section Membrane Biochemistry & Biophysics (MBB) of the Bijvoet Centre and Department of Chemistry. Research within MBB is focused on understanding the structure, organization, biogenesis, and function of biological membranes at a molecular level and exploring potential applications in health and (bio)technology. In-depth expertise on a wide range of experimental systems, including model membranes, bacteria, yeast, mammalian cell lines, and C.elegans is available. The professorship will also be part of the Institute of Biomembranes, which is a multi-disciplinary and interfaculty research-training institute and graduate school at Utrecht University.

If you would like to be part of this stimulating and diverse environment, we would love to hear from you. Working within the Bijvoet Centre, you will be involved in generating new insights into the dynamic molecular organization of life, creating novel opportunities to treat diseases ranging from bacterial infections to cancer. In doing so you will fulfil your personal development goals while adding to our reputation of scientific excellence. All applications will be considered. However, we encourage female scientists worldwide to apply and contribute to our inclusive approach to life and work with their skills and curiosity.


You have a PhD and established a successful, independent research line. You have an excellent track record in research, and you have the experience necessary to be a successful group leader within an international research and education environment. Your expertise lies in the field of membrane biochemistry, possibly with links to membrane biophysics. Ideally, you will add new and exciting membrane-oriented research that complements existing research lines and create new synergies. You are expected to seek funding for new research projects through personal, national, European, and other international grant opportunities. You have excellent teaching skills and a strong drive to share your knowledge with students. You have the ambition to actively participate in teaching Biochemistry at both BSc and MSc level. You are enthusiastic, proactive, and very open to interdisciplinary research, you have an open-minded and collaborative mindset, and you are able to act as an outward-looking ambassador for Utrecht University, communicating your knowledge to the next generation of scientists and across networks.


  • a full-time tenure position as Full Professor, which will be subject to evaluation after five years;
  • a full-time gross salary ranging from €5,843 to €8,508 in scale H2 at Full Professor level;
  • benefits including an 8% holiday bonus and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement (cao) Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the cao for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has several additional arrangements, including agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, and sport. You also will have the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. A competitive start-up package including a tenure track UD position is subject to negotiation.

More information about working at the Faculty of Science can be found here.

About the organisation

The Faculty of Science consists of 6 departments with which you can make a fundamental connection: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. Most fundamental to the organization are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects.

Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of the attractive and culturally vibrant city of Utrecht. The Utrecht region is among the most economically competitive regions in Europe, and a hub for science, innovation, and education. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our down-to-earth atmosphere and the can-do mentality of our people. This lively and inspiring academic environment attracts professors, researchers, and PhD candidates from all over the globe, making both the university and the Faculty of Science a vibrant and wonderfully diverse international community.

Additional information

For further information about this position, please contact Professor Alexandre Bonvin, at a.m.j.j.bonvin@uu.nl.

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to science.recruitment@uu.nl


Utrecht University is committed to securing equal opportunity for everyone. We celebrate diversity and are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all our employees. To improve the gender balance and diversity of our staff, we particularly encourage applications from female researchers, but all applications will be considered.

If you feel you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this position, please respond via the “Apply now” button, enclosing:

  • your resume, including a selection of your five top publications and a brief description of your role in them, as well as a link to your full publication list (or ORCID ID);
  • your cover letter;
  • your research (max. four pages) and teaching (max. two pages) statements, in which you address the TRIPLE categories, Research, Impact, Leadership, and Team Spirit;
  • a list of three persons we can approach for references.

If this specific opportunity is not for you, but you know someone who may be interested, please forward this link to them.

Please note: Due to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the process of selection and interviews is subject to change. Initial interviews will most likely be conducted online.

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The application deadline is 5 January 2022.