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Job posted by University of Amsterdam (12/02/2014 15.55)

Marie Curie Actions funded job vacancy Experienced Researcher / Post doc position in Molecular Biology

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The position is part of the Initial Training Network EpiTRAITS - Epigenetic regulation of economically important plant traits. Details can be found at
EpiTRAITS unifies experts in plant epigenetics, development, cytogenetics, imaging, bioinformatics and modelling with the goal to train a multi-disciplinary team of 14 young researchers in epigenetic gene regulation and flowering in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and the crop plants maize (Zea mays) and barley (Hordeum vulgare). Summer schools, workshops, and research visits at the other participating institutions will ensure a high level of knowledge transfer and collaborative research.


Postdoc (ER: experienced researcher) position in molecular biology at the group of Dr. Hélène Pendeville, Diagenode R&D Epigenetics, Diagenode SA, Belgium (DIAG),

Project: Development of marketable ChIP and 5-mC protocols for plant tissues

Being an European SME, Diagenode is a leading developer and marketer of innovative life-science kits, reagents and integrated systems for epigenetics, genomics and diagnostics. Diagenode’s portfolio includes state-of-the-art products and technologies for chromatin and DNA sonication (Bioruptor series), best-in-class antibodies and high-quality kits for chromatin immunoprecipitation and methylation studies, and an automated epigenetics system, the IP-star. The aim of this project is to develop a robust, marketable ChIP protocol that is compatible with monocot plant tissues and small cell numbers. For that, the experienced researcher (ER) appointed will develop a robust marketable ChIP protocol, be involved in setting up cost-effective 5-mC screens. The ER will furthermore apply next-generation sequencing to generate ChIP-seq and DNA methylation profiles. The project involves collaborations with several partners within the EpiTRAITS consortium.

•PhD degree in Life Sciences (Molecular/Cell biology, Biochemistry or other areas of Biomedical Science)
•Experience in standard molecular biology techniques.
•Experience in Epigenetics and next-generation sequencing technologies is highly valued.
•Excellent knowledge of the English language (spoken and written)
•Ability to work in a team and independently
•Highly motivated to pursue a career in science

More information
Project information can be obtained from Dr.Hélène Pendeville; e-mail:; phone +32-(0)43642061.

Nr of positions available : 1

Research Fields

Biological sciences - Botany

Career Stage

Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)

Research Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)


A Personal Career Development Plan will be drafted that includes the attendance of EpiTRAITS courses and (international) meetings.

The gross monthly salary will be according to the salary scales for Postdoctoral fellows in the host country and according to the FP7 Marie Curie scheme for ITN measures. Besides the salary, the fellow will obtain a mobility allowance. Positions are aimed at being full-time, but by exception if needed for family reasons part-time appointments are possible.


The fellow will obtain a monthly living and mobility allowance.

Living Allowance
The Living allowance is the salary that is paid on a monthly basis. The host organisation will appoint the candidate under an employment contract. The host organisation will ensure that the researcher is covered under i) the social security scheme that is applied to employers within the respective country, or ii) under a social security scheme that provides coverage for at least sickness and maternity benefits, invalidity and accidents at work and occupational diseases, and covers the researcher in every place at which Marie Curie ITN activities will take place.

Mobility Allowance
In addition to the living allowance, a mobility allowance will be paid on a monthly basis. This allowance is a contribution to cover personal household, relocation and travel expenses.

The amount of the mobility allowance depends on the family situation of the researcher at the time of recruitment of the researcher:
• € 1000/month: Researcher with family responsibilities.
• € 700/month: Researcher without family responsibilities.

A researcher with family responsibilities is defined as follows: persons linked to the researcher by (i) marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage that is recognized by the national legislation of the country of the host organisation or of the nationality of the researcher; or (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher.

We strongly encourage woman to apply.

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The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum period of 1 year on a full-time basis. The position is aimed at being full-time, but if necessary (e.g. for family or medical reasons) part-time appointments are possible. In case the researcher – in agreement with the host organisation and with prior approval of the European Research Executive Agency – executes the project on a part-time basis, the duration of the appointment can be extended, but not longer than the duration of the EpiTRAITS project (48 months; end date Sept 30, 2016). All partners are committed to facilitate an appropriate work-life balance when needed.
The appointment will be according to the employment rules of the host country. A Personal Career Development Plan will be drafted that includes the attendance of EpiTRAITS courses and (international) meetings.

Further information about the EU-M.C.-ITN:


Required Education Level
Degree PhD or equivalent
Degree Field Biological sciences
Required Languages
Language ENGLISH
Language Level Excellent
Additional Requirements
• Experience in standard molecular biology techniques.
• Experience in Epigenetics and next-generation sequencing technologies is highly valued.
• Excellent knowledge of the English language (spoken and written)
• Ability to work in a team and independently
• Highly motivated to pursue a career in science
• Candidates can only apply for a position in a country different from the one lived in for most of the time in the last three years. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers should not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.
• At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, experienced researchers (Post-docs) must be in possession of a doctoral (PhD) degree, or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. In both cases, they should have less than 5 years of full-time equivalent research experience. This is measured from the date when they obtained the (MSc) degree that formally entitled them to become a PhD student.
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Project's Marie Curie Grant Agreement Number

GA-316965 EpiTRAITS


R&D Epigenetics
Small Medium Enterprise
Avenue de l'hôpital, 1
4000 - Liège
phone +32-(0)43642061