Are you an ambitious scientist fascinated by very fundamental questions about the origins and nature of life?
About the oLife Fellowship Programme
We are recruiting 18 post-doctoral fellows for bottom-up, interdisciplinary research concerning the origin and evolution of life, and its distribution in the universe. These are fundamental questions for humanity. Key questions revolve for instance around the formation of biomolecules, the emergence of life on planetary surfaces, the evolution of cellular functions, extra-terrestrial life and how life will cope with human-induced challenges.
As a fellow in the Dutch 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.
How to apply
You may submit your application for a position on the oLife Fellowship Programme until 12 May 23:59 (Dutch local time) via the online application form.
Please fully read the Guide for Applicants before submitting your application.
We also explicitly encourage you to contact your preferred advisors when developing your idea, prior to submitting your application.
About the research
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? To successfully address these challenging research questions, collaboration is needed between multiple disciplines: (bio)chemistry, (bio)physics, molecular biology, computational science, systems biology, evolutionary biology, ecology, astrophysics and geoscience. Using a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach, we aim to break new grounds in four Scientific Research Areas:
Planetary preconditions and boundary conditions of Life, and its origins here on Earth
Defining properties and synthesis of Life, from the molecular to the biosphere level
Modelling, predicting and steering of Life
Distribution of Life across the universe
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):
- TU/e Institute for Complex Molecular Systems
- Groningen Biomolecular Sciences & Biotechnology Institute
- Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences
- Kapteyn Astronomical Institute
- Leiden Institute of Chemistry
- Stratingh Institute for Chemistry
- Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials
Within oLife, you may freely choose from a pool of 18 advisors. This gives you the opportunity to work directly with top-level academics who have won prestigious prizes and grants, such as the Nobel Prize, ERC Advanced Grant and NWO TOP grant.
Many advisors have vast experience as institute directors or board members, are members of esteemed platforms such as the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) or the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and/or have much experience with European training or networking programmes.
Apart from their high quality scientific and managerial experience, all oLife advisors have their own research group and are experienced in supervising researchers, both on PhD and post-doc level.