Microscopy Specialist (1.0 FTE)

Hours per week: 
38 to 40
Faculty of Science
Department of Biology - Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Biophysics
Application deadline: 

Job description

As part of the core staff of the Biology Imaging Center you will be responsible for maintaining and improving our custom-built high-end systems (e.g. (Adaptive Optics) Single-Molecule Localization Microscopy and Lightsheet Microscopy). You will also advise, train and support other researchers in the use of these systems and strive to create an inviting environment for cutting edge research. Our team is currently dedicated to setting up smart microscopy approaches in which acquired data will guide the optimal settings for subsequent imaging and optogenetic stimulation. Your contribution to this as a hardware expert will be of great importance.


  • You have a strong background in Physics (ideally a PhD degree);
  • You have relevant experience in the design, construction and alignment of custom optical setups.
  • You love to collaborate with more biologically oriented researchers and train them in using complex setups.
  • You enjoy working in a dynamic international environment and have a good command of English.


  • a position for initially 1 year, with the prospect of permanent employment;
  • the gross monthly salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €2,960 and €5,439 based on full-time employment (scale 10-11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities);
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.

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About the organisation

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

At the Faculty of Science, there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: 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. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects. Find out more about us.

You will be embedded in the research division of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Biophysics, which is part of the Department of Biology. The mission of this division is to acquire novel insights into the structure and function of cells and to decipher the cellular basis for human diseases such as cancer and neurological disorders. To achieve this goal, we combine the latest methods in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics and microscopy. We are interested in the mechanisms underlying cytoskeletal dynamics, membrane transport and signalling pathways that underlie cell proliferation and differentiation, neuronal development and synaptic plasticity. We investigate cellular processes at a broad range of levels, from single molecules and protein networks to cells, tissues, and whole organisms. The main research topics within the division are cellular organization and dynamics, molecular neuroscience, biophysics, synaptic physiology, molecular oncology and molecular targeted therapies. The division also encompasses the Nanobody Facility, the Cellular Engineering Facility and the Biology Imaging Center (BIC).

The BIC is an expert center for advanced light microscopy that houses a large number of advanced microscopy setups. It provides access, support and training in advanced light and fluorescent microscopy techniques for research groups within the department of Biology and also to groups from other institutes within and outside Utrecht. By organizing courses and individual training, the Imaging Center is strongly involved in teaching microscopy techniques to Bachelor and Master students participating in different Life Science programs in Utrecht at different levels. Another important activity of the Imaging Center is development of custom imaging methods and image analysis algorithms and making them accessible to scientific community. Biology Imaging Center forms a part of Bioimaging Utrecht, which brings together microscopy-based research at the Faculty of Science, Veterinary Medicine, UMC and Hubrecht Institute, and tightly collaborates with these groups on exchanging expertise and providing access to advanced microscopy.

Additional information

If you have any questions that you’d like us to answer, please contact Lukas Kapitein via kapitein@uu.nl.

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

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Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, than simply respond via the “Apply now” button! Please enclose:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your curriculum vitae, including a publication list;

If this specific opportunity isn’t for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

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The application deadline is 10 October 2022.