18 Postdoc Fellowships on The Origin and Evolution of Life

Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands is offering postdoctoral fellowship position. The funding allows successful candidates to work for 36 months in the first instance. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

The origin and nature of life and its distribution in the universe are fundamental questions for humanity. How did biomolecules form? How did life emerge? How did cellular functions evolve? Is there life elsewhere? Will life cope with human-induced challenges?

Then apply for a position in our exciting interdisciplinary oLife Fellowship Programme.

The oLife Fellowship Programme is a joint initiative by seven world-leading research institutes of three universities in The Netherlands (University of Groningen, Leiden University, Eindhoven University of Technology). Supported by funding from the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union, we offer 18 post-doctoral fellowships for interdisciplinary research on fundamental questions concerning the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe.

As a fellow in the oLife Fellowship Programme you are given the opportunity to work on your own interdisciplinary research project with advisors and research institutes of your own choice.

Together with 17 other fellows, you will follow a joint research and training programme, consisting of scientific lectures, academic and professional skills training, and career guidance.

In the Netherlands, teaching and supervising students is an integral part of a researcher's position. Therefore, you will be expected to prepare and teach your own lecture series on your field(s) of expertise and to supervise student research projects.

Also, you are offered the opportunity to go on secondments with our leading industrial, academic or non-profit partner organizations.

For more detailed information about the research, the involved research institutes, prospective supervisors and the training programme, please visit our website:

You will be offered a starting salary depending on the date you obtained your PhD and your postdoctoral years. According to the Collective Employment Agreement (CAO-NU) of the Dutch universities, the UFO-profile Researcher/Lecturer (scale 10) applies. In addition to the primary salary the University offers 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.

You will have an initial appointment of 12 months that will be extended by 24 months if you perform satisfactorily. The fellowship will not be extended after the 36 months period.

The preferred starting date is between January and April 2020.

The oLife Fellowship Programme has an inclusive policy. Therefore, candidates who have had career breaks or a diversified career path are especially encouraged to apply.

You may apply for this position until 12 May 23:59 (Dutch local time) via our website:

You may freely select your own main advisor and co-advisor (via the online application form) and freely propose your research topic. Your research topic should fit within the oLife research framework and should address at least two of the four scientific areas, which are described on our website. Only applications that are complete and submitted before the application deadline via the e-application tool will be considered.

Applicants who are eligible and whose application has passed the threshold will be invited to submit a Full Proposal by June 20, 2019.

For more detailed information about the oLife Fellowship Programme and the full application, evaluation and selection procedure, please view our website:

The oLife Fellowship Programme is committed to the principles of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers by the European Commission.

The oLife Fellowship Programme has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847675.


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