Postdoctoral Researcher on Photopharmacology at University of Groningen

Applications are open for a Postdoctoral Researcher position in Photopharmacology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Synthesis and applications of phytopharmacology components.”
Phytopharmacology is a rapidly emerging field at the interface of the chemical and medical sciences aiming at high-precision therapy. With years of leading research, the University of Groningen is taking the next step and is aiming for real-life applications in the nearby future. The use of light as an external trigger allows high precision activation of a drug in space and time in a non-invasive manner, and thus opens fascinating opportunities for precise targeting of e.g. tumors, and bacterial infections. High precision cancer chemotherapy, slow release of pharmaceuticals, and increasing drug stability are the first goals the group wishes to take beyond the proof of principle and push through to a viable prototype.

Duration: 6 months with the possibility of extension


  • The Postdoc will be involved in the design and execution of multi-step syntheses of novel photo-labile compounds with direct and continuous feedback from partners involved in real-life medical applications.
  • Optimization of current targets in both structure and the synthetic route will be the initial goal, after which designing a practical and pragmatic scale-up route will follow.


The Postdoctoral Researcher on Photopharmacology offers candidates in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary based on qualifications and experience starting at € 3,557 gross per month
  • excellent secondary terms of employment
  • a fulltime position
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • 232 holiday hours per calendar year for full-time employment
  • participation in a pension scheme for employees.
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Job Requirements

They seek a driven, creative and collaborative candidate with the following qualifications:

  • a PhD degree in synthetic chemistry with a proven track record in multi (>10) step synthesis
  • knowledge and/or skills regarding (photo)labile compounds are preferred
  • experience with the supervision of students
  • a pragmatic approach to scientific and practical challenges
  • the ability to communicate verbally and in written form in English.

Application Process

Qualified applicants for the Postdoctoral Researcher on Photopharmacology are requested to send the following documents;

  • a motivation letter stating your motivation to apply for the position and your key qualities relevant to this position
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae, including a publication record
  • contact information of two academic references.

To apply, click here.

Application Deadline: August 28, 2022.

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