PhD position in Biophysics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Plants have evolved elaborate feedback mechanisms to protect themselves from excess sunlight, which involve rearrangement and structural dynamics of light-harvesting proteins in the photosynthetic membrane. The candidate will employ advanced time-resolved infrared and fluorescence spectroscopy to assess in vivo protein structural dynamics in photosynthetic membranes, and thereby solve an important puzzle in our understanding of photoprotection in photosynthesis. This project is part of the recent consortium grant Nanoscale Regulators of Photosynthesis, with research partners at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Wageningen University and Research, Leiden University and Groningen University.

Your duties
Establish the experimental conditions to perform in vivo infrared spectroscopy on photosynthetic membranes
Operate a state-of-the-art frequency-comb quantum cascade laser (QCL) infrared spectrometer 
integrate a PAM fluorometer in the QCL infrared setup
perform time-resolved fluorescence experiments in vivo and data analysis
prepare photosynthetic membrane samples for experimentation
Write and defend a doctoral thesis on the basis of your own experimental work

Requirements
MSc degree in Physics, Physical Chemistry or related disciplines
knowledge of and experience with optical spectroscopy
interest in working in a multidisciplinary environment
excellent command of English


The project will be conducted in the Biophysics of Photosynthesis group at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The group offers a very multidisciplinary environment in which biologists, chemists and physicists work in close collaboration and state-of-the-art facilities for biophysics, molecular biology, biochemistry, plant physiology and spectroscopy.
 
Are you interested in this position? Please send an email to John Kennis or Roberta Croce with your curriculum vitae and cover letter before January 15, 2022.

If you have any questions, you may contact:

Name: John Kennis
Position: Professor of Biophysics
E‐mail: j.t.m.kennis@vu.nl
Telephone: +31205987212

Name: Roberta Croce
Position: Professor of Biophysics
E‐mail: r.croce@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 20 59 86310

Deadline 15 January 2022