Postdoctoral Fellowship to study evolution and development of flowering plants at Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, is the largest natural history museum in the Netherlands, with a unique collection of huge scientific and cultural value. It provides a key for scientists and the general public to open the door to the rich biodiversity of the Netherlands. Our collections, comprising more than 42 million objects, are part of an international network of biodiversity research and knowledge institutes. With over 120 researchers, Naturalis has the latest and innovative research facilities. In addition to research, Naturalis also provides educational activities for students from different universities.

Naturalis Biodiversity Center has a position for a

Postdoctoral Fellowship to study evolution and development of flowering plants

Naturalis investigates the impact of developmental genes on plant morphology.  Our herbarium enables detailed time series research through analysis of the morphology of plants collected over the past four centuries from all over the world.

To strengthen our activities in the research field of evolution and development of flowering plants, Naturalis is searching for a postdoc within the research group Endless Forms. The postdoc will carry out his/her own research project and thereby contributes to the optimization of genomic and morphological techniques and protocols for investigating the genetic basis of changes in flower and fruit morphology. The postdoc is also expected to write and submit grant proposals for additional funding.

General requirements and skills:

The successful candidate should have a PhD in a for this position relevant discipline with;

  • a strong background and track-record in evolution and development of plants;
  • experience with genomic and morphological analyses of flowers and fruits;
  • experience with bioinformatics is preferred;
  • experience in grant writing and demonstrated ability to acquire external funding;
  • at least one year of postdoc experience.

What we offer

A dynamic research environment with involved research staff, a lively PhD and postdoc community, and a national and international academic network. Naturalis has well-equipped modern laboratories with highly qualified technical staff.

The successful candidate will be employed by Naturalis in Leiden with a full time position (36 hours a week) for the duration of one year. Salary indication of € 40.000,- gross per year, depending on experience. As an employee of Naturalis the Collective Employment Agreement of Dutch Museums will be applicable to you. All our employees are incorporated into a pension fund. Naturalis Biodiversity Center promotes gender equality and wants to enhance the diversity of staff members. More information about this position can be obtained from Dr. Barbara Gravendeel (


Applicants are invited to submit their application, including a cover letter, CV and the names and email addresses of at least two references before June 10th, 2019 by using this application form. The CV should include (1) an updated publication list with IFs, number of citations, and your H-index; (2) grants obtained; (3) invited talks; (4) a research statement (max. 2 A4) with an outline of the intended project to be conducted during the one year appointment, a link to the Naturalis goals described, time frame, and budget, preferably all integrated in a single pdf file.

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