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Post-Doc positions

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials has the following job openings for post-docs:

18 PostDoc positions, divided over Groningen, Leiden and Eindhoven universities are available by submitting a proposal to the recently granted oLife co-fund project. The origin and nature of life and its distribution in the universe are fundamental questions for humanity. How did biomolecules form? How did life emerge? How did cellular functions evolve? Is there life elsewhere? Will life cope with human-induced challenges? If you recognize yourself in the below text, please read the full call for proposals via this link or visit for more information. The deadline for the first round is May 12th, 2019.


 are an ambitious scientist fascinated by very fundamental questions about life, and you are ready for the next research career step.

 have research experience in (bio)chemistry, (bio)physics, molecular biology, computational science, systems biology, evolutionary biology, ecology, astrophysics or geoscience.

 can develop an original and innovative idea for an interdisciplinary research project on the origins and evolution of life.

 are curious to learn new scientific languages to make the necessary crossovers between your field and other fields.

About the oLife Fellowship Programme

The oLife Fellowship Programme is a joint initiative by seven world-leading research institutes of three universities in The Netherlands (University of Groningen, Leiden University, Eindhoven University of Technology). Supported by funding from the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union, we offer 18 post-doctoral fellowships for interdisciplinary research on fundamental questions concerning the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe.

Using a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach, we aim to break new grounds in four scientific areas:

i. Planetary preconditions and boundary conditions of Life, and its origins here on Earth

ii. Defining properties and synthesis of Life, from the molecular to the biosphere level

iii. Modelling, predicting and steering of Life

iv. Distribution of Life across the universe

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