Postdoc position in Lipids and Gut Microbiota Interactions in the Small Intestine

Wageningen University & Research is looking for an exceptional, motivated, and results-driven postdoctoral fellow who is able to combine anaerobic digestion involving complex microbial communities, microalgal product extraction, and purification, and working with 3D intestinal organoids mirroring the gastrointestinal tract architecture, (Postdoc position in Lipids and Gut Microbiota Interactions in the Small Intestine).

The postdoc will lead an innovative project exploring the ways in which complex microbial communities collected from the human small intestine can convert lipid fractions produced by microalgae and the consequences this has for intestinal physiology. Intestinal organoids will be exposed to lipids, extracts, and their microbial metabolites in order to determine the cellular responses. Candidates will not only be performing lab experiments by themselves, but they will also manage a small team of students, interns, and visiting scientists. In addition, they will regularly report on the results and progress of the project and as well take the initiative to expand it by writing follow-up applications. 

Duration: 36 months

Starting date: September 2022


  • a competitive gross salary of between € 2.960,- and € 4.670,- for a full-time working week
  • sabbatical leave, study leave, and partially paid parental leave;
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional compensation/holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 8.3%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
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Job Requirements

The Postdoc position in Lipids and Gut Microbiota Interactions in the Small Intestine seeks a candidate with the following key qualifications:

  • PhD in the field of microbiology, chemistry, or biology on a topic relevant to the project
  • In-depth knowledge regarding the metabolism of lipids in the human digestive system;
  • Excellent English language proficiency (a minimum of CEFR C2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.

These abilities will boost applicant chances even more:

  • Strong extraction, purification, and analytics background of metabolic compounds;
  • Knowledge of gut microbiota taxonomy and functionality;
  • Experience in using organoids systems;
  • Proven experience with project management
  • Proven grant acquisition record;
  • 1 year of postdoc experience in a relevant field. 

Application Process

Interested applicants can apply for the Postdoc position in Lipids and Gut Microbiota Interactions in the Small Intestine and ensure that they attach the following:

  • cv and publication list
  • a cover letter

To apply, click here

Application Deadline: August 19, 2022.

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