PhD and Postdoc position in Immune Response to Flavivirus infection (1.0 FTE)

Uren per week: 
38 tot 40
Faculteit of dienst: 
Faculteit Bètawetenschappen
Department of Chemistry, Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics
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In this PhD or postdoc position you will join an ERC Starting Grant: FLAVIR. In this project you will use the state-of-the-art in structural proteomics to study the immune response to flavivirus infection. Flaviviruses are an enormous burden on global public health and have been spreading into new territories. Vaccines and treatments against currently circulating flaviviruses have limited efficacy and new species are emerging in animal and human populations. Using mass spectrometry and electron microscopy you will monitor the antibody response directed against dengue virus, zika virus, and related pathogens. You will work as a team to apply new protein design and engineering methods for antigen presentation that will be used to study the immune response and inspire new vaccine designs.

The positions are fully funded and postdocs will get support for additional fellowship applications to launch their independent careers in line with the research interests of the group.


Do you bring enthusiasm, teamwork and are you excited to operate in an international collaborative environment? This position might fit you well!

You will need to bring the following:

  • A background (MSc or PhD) in any of the following fields: virology, immunology, structural biology, biochemistry, mass spectrometry.
  • We highly value expertise in glycoprotein expression and purification (mammalian systems).
  • Prior experience with mass spec or electron microscopy is a plus, but not required.


  • PhD position for 4 years or a Postdoc position 1 year with possible extension to 3 years.
  • A full-time gross salary as PhD ranging from €2,541 to €3,247 in scale P or as Postdoc ranging from €2,960 to €4,670 in scale 10;
  • 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, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, professional development, (partly paid) parental leave, sports and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow.

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Over de organisatie

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The Snijder lab uses structural proteomics to understand virus-host interactions, with a special focus on antibody-mediated immunity. The group is embedded in the section Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics (chair: Albert J.R. Heck), which is part of the Bijvoet Centre for Biomolecular Research of the Chemistry Department at UU. We offer state-of-the-art research infrastructure for mass spectrometry and electron microscopy. Utrecht is home to a vibrant research community in virology and immunology.

Aanvullende informatie

If you have any questions that you’d like us to answer, please contact Joost Snijder (Assistant Professor) at

Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to

Are you an international applicant? Our International Service Desk can answer your questions about living in the Netherlands as international staff.


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

If you are enthusiastic about this position, just apply via the "Apply" button! Please enclose:

  • your letter of motivation; please include the names and contact information for 2 references at the end of this letter.
  • your curriculum vitae;

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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