Full Professor - Gene Expression, Chromatin Regulation, and Epigenetics (1.0 FTE)

Department of Biology


Utrecht, Deutschland


Studies of gene regulation are crucial for achieving a deep understanding of living systems. The control of gene activation and silencing is key in determining the fate and functioning of cells – and the development, health, and disease of organisms. Understanding how the multiple levels of regulation come together in the temporal and spatial control of gene expression remains a daunting task, in particular in the context of living organisms. This defines the challenge of the scientific area of research for this chair.  

The interdisciplinary research programme of the department of Biology at Utrecht University is focused on the biological mechanisms and fundamental principles that govern life. Studies in different model systems range from the organization of the cytoskeleton, to the development of embryos, brain and immune system. The different studies are connected by experimental techniques, such as advanced live cell imaging and computational approaches. We aim to contribute to health, future food production, and environmental protection.

As a Full Professor Gene Expression, Chromatin Regulation, and Epigenetics you will be strengthening the expertise in gene regulation and animal biology, and develop a strong line of research in connection with the other research groups in the research institute, Biology Department, Utrecht Life Sciences community and beyond.

As a team leader, you will be a fundamental connection between the institute's research groups, the department and the faculty. Your energy and passion for this rapidly evolving, high-profile research field will strengthen the institute’s impact and reputation - both within the Netherlands and internationally. As a passionate educator, you will play a key role in contributing to the Biological Sciences Bachelor's and Master's curriculum, as well as training and coaching PhD students and early-career scientists – people who in time will occupy important roles in biology related fields.


To excel in this role, you will need a PhD degree backed up by an excellent scientific reputation, interest in academic teaching and the ability to inspire and lead a scientific group. 

You will also draw on:

- your strong commitment to develop a groundbreaking new line of research;
- your passion for fundamental research;
- your familiarity with animal(derived) model systems;
- your belief that science can bring about lasting societal impact;
- your enthusiasm for mentoring and coaching future scientists;
- your clear vision on the future of research and education;
- your collaborative and interactive spirit.


- salary at the Full Professor level H2 (€5.582 - € 8.127);
- the freedom to choose two assistant professors (tenure track) and a technician to join you in this mission;
- excellent microscopy facilities at the Utrecht Microscopy Centre;
- newly renovated fish facilities;
- state-of-the-art DNA and RNA sequencing facilities and Bioinformatics Services;
- a warm work environment and a network of bright and ambitious minds.

In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions.


Your future team will fill a vital gap in the current research program and Biology curriculum of Utrecht by contributing expertise in one of the most fundamental areas of Biology. You will add an important animal model system to our current experience. You will have the freedom to build a research team of international standing, while also fostering collaboration with other teams, departments and institutions. Your team will be part of the Institute of Biodynamics and Biocomplexity (IBB) of the Biology Department – an inspiring and highly interactive scientific environment. You will work with strongly committed and inspiring colleagues with a deep knowledge of Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Biophysics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Apart from the Biology department, you will be inspired by the experts in the larger Utrecht Life Sciences community, which includes multiple Spinoza prize laureates. You will benefit from the colleagues and facilities at the Biology Imaging Centre, the Utrecht Sequencing Centre, the Netherlands Proteomics Centre, the NMR Spectroscopy division, the electron microscopy unit, and the Hubrecht Institute. Beyond UU, you will find expert colleagues at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Leiden University Medical Centre, Radboud University Nijmegen, and the Netherlands Chromatin Platform.  

Utrecht University is a friendly and ambitious university at the heart of an ancient city. We love to welcome new scientists to our city – a thriving cultural hub that is consistently rated as one of the world’s happiest cities. We are renowned for our innovative interdisciplinary research and our emphasis on inspirational research and excellent education. We are equally well-known for our familiar atmosphere and the ambitious can-do mindset of our people. This fundamental connection attracts professors, researchers and PhD candidates from all over the world, making both the University and the Faculty of Science a vibrant international and wonderfully diverse community.


For more information please contact Prof S.J.L. (Sander) van den Heuvel, via S.J.L.vandenheuvel@uu.nl
If this specific opportunity is not for you, but you know someone who may be interested, please forward the link to them.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Are you interested? To apply, please send your letter of motivation and curriculum vitae via the 'apply' button below. Suitable candidates will be contacted and those who match best will be invited for a visit and interview. A professional assessment can be part of the selection procedure.


The application deadline is 31 January 2020.


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