Associate to Full Professor in Microbial Biotechnology


The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, rooted in Groningen, City of Talent: Quality has been our top priority for over four hundred years, and with success; the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and excellent research in a wide range of subject areas, from classical ones such as mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry and mechanical engineering, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, computer science, pharmacy and material science. Our principal investigators interact openly and informally with students and staff from around the world.

The position we offer will be embedded in the Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute (GBB), one of the larger institutes of the FSE. The GBB provides an excellent environment for ground-breaking research and comprises thirteen creative research units with outstanding roots in biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, molecular and cell biology, computational and system biology, genetics, and microbiology are organized in two focal areas: ‘Molecular Mechanisms of Biological Processes’ and ‘Physiology and Systems Biology’.

We are looking for an Associate to Full Professor who will develop an exciting world-leading research line in any subfield of Microbial Molecular Biology, and who has the ambition to lead her/his fundamental research towards biotechnological applications. The candidate is encouraged to use creative experimental concepts to understand, master, design, and engineer for instance genetic circuits and/or biosynthetic pathways. We envisage that your research will provide fundamental understanding of the molecular processes of microbial life and will lead to the use of (engineered) microorganisms for biotechnological or biomedical purposes. As full professor you will become head of the GBB research group Molecular Genetics and bring in expertise that complements current research at GBB (e.g. Arnold Driessen, Matthias Heinemann, Marco Fraaije, Ida van der Klei, Sahar El Aidy, Danny Incarnato), the Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen (e.g. Marc van der Maarel, Gert-Jan Euverink) and the Groningen Research Institute for Pharmacy (e.g. Gerrit Poelarends, Dr. Sandy Schmidt).

As Full Professor you will:

• establish a viable and internationally leading research line and research group
• supervise PhD students
• acquire external funding
• promote the societal relevance of your research
• teach in and contribute to the development of the BSc and MSc degree programs in biology, chemistry, life sciences and technology and biomolecular sciences
• contribute to the organization of the faculty, for example by participating in working groups and committees, in the domains of teaching, research and management
• spend 40% of your time for research, 40% for teaching activities and 20% for organizational and managerial tasks.


We encourage you to apply if you have:

• a PhD degree in a relevant subject area
• a relevant international and/or industrial network appropriate to the career stage
• excellent research qualities that demonstrate originality in addressing important fundamental questions in the area of microbial genetics or microbial molecular biology, with an outstanding publication record in influential peer-reviewed journals
• high interest or experience in bringing fundamental discoveries towards applications
• a very good track record in university teaching appropriate to the career stage
• independently and successfully supervised (multiple) PhD students appropriate to the career stage
• received meaningful research grants from external sources
• confirmed organizational competences
• the ability to work well in an international, culturally diverse, environment
• excellent command of spoken and written English.

And you are:

• already a visible professional in your field, preferably recognized by stakeholders
• an inspiring leader who stimulates her or his group members to get the best out of themselves
• a team player with good communication skills
• willing to acquire a University Teaching Qualification (Dutch: BKO) within three years
• able to speak the Dutch language or motivated to speak it within five years.


Conditions of employment

We offer you a full-time position as Associate or Full Professor with remuneration depending on qualifications and work experience;

1) from € 5,506 up to a maximum of € 7,362 gross per month (as Associate Professor based on 1.0 FTE, salary scale 13 or 14 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universitiesities) or
2) from € 6,099 up to a maximum of € 8,881 gross per month (as Full Professor based on 1.0 fte, scale H2 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities). This is extended with:
• a holiday allowance and end-of-year bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your gross yearly salary
• a pension scheme
• support for maternity and parental leave
• the possibility to work part-time (0,9 or 0,8 FTE)
• a broad range of opportunities for personal development
• dual career support for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Consider our website for more information about the working conditions at the University of Groningen:

Please consider our new Career Paths in Science for a complete description of criteria for tenure and promotion, which most likely applies by the time the candidate for this position is appointed. The penultimate version can be found here:


We invite you to contact Dr Valia Sakkoula via for discussing your interest in applying prior to sending:
An information package/brochure for candidates is available via contacting Perret Laver (
• a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position
• a curriculum vitae, including an overview of successfully supervised PhD students, a list of five self-selected ‘best papers’ with a brief motivation of their importance, a full list of publications, and a list with names of references
• a concise description of your research plans; a route towards application is optional (max. 3 pp.)
• a statement of your teaching goals and experience (max. 1 pp).

An information package/brochure is also available by contacting Perret Laver, Dr Valia Sakkoula.

Applications should be submitted prior to 9am CET on Monday 22nd May, 2023. The selection interviews will take place between end of May and middle of June 2023.

The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage:

Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers:

We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen.

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


For information you can contact:

  • Prof. Dirk Slotboom, Scientific Director GBB and executive Chair for this position, +31 50 3634187,

Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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