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Introduction

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BaSyC (Building a Synthetic Cell) is a research programme aimed at creating an autonomous, self-reproducing synthetic cell with a bottom-up approach, that is, through integration of molecular building blocks.
Started in September 2017, the project is a joint effort of 17 team-leaders with backgrounds in physics, chemistry and biology. They work for 6 Dutch research institutions: Delft University of Technology, Groningen University, Radboud University Nijmegen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Wageningen University and the AMOLF Institute.
BaSyC is financed by a “Gravitation” grant from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, in cooperation with the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and by the participating research institutions.
With the Gravitation grant, the government aims at stimulating excellent research in the Netherlands. It is intended for scientific consortia that have the potential to belong to the world top in their field.

Organisation

Steering committee

The steering committee has the final responsibility for the programme and the overall strategy, monitors and steers the timely integration of the different work packages in the programme, and decides on the allocation of funds in consultation with the Consortium Assembly.

Consortium Assembly

The consortium assembly comprises all PIs in BaSyC. The consortium assembly convenes in plenary sessions at least once a year to discuss the status and future strategy of all activities. For a list of BaSyC PI’s see here

Programme Manager & Support Office

The programme manager is secretary to the Steering Committee. Together with the support office the programme manager oversees the project status and daily operations, and coordinates, in cooperation with the partners, the organisation of all consortium events, the education and the outreach activities.

International Advisory Board

The international advisory board offers advice and feedback to the Steering Committee on future scientific directions, new initiatives and opportunities, as well as on valorisation and outreach.

Members:

Prof. Jef Boeke, New York University (US)
Prof. Roel Bovenberg, DSM (NL)
Prof. Drew Endy, Stanford University (US)
Prof. Erwin Frey, LMU, München (DE)
Dr Eugene Koonin, NIH, NCBI (US)
Prof. Marina Rodnina, Max-Planck Gesellschaft (DE)
Prof. Uwe Sauer, ETH Zürich (CH)
Dr Markus Schmidt, Biofaction (AT)
Prof. Petra Schwille, MPI Martinsried (DE)
Prof. Jack Szostak, Harvard, Boston (US)

Positions available at BaSyC

BE PART OF A SCIENTIFIC GRAND CHALLENGE!

BaSyC (Building a Synthetic Cell) is a research programme aimed at creating an autonomous, self-reproducing synthetic cell with a bottom-up approach, that is, through integration of molecular building blocks.

Started in September 2017, the project is a joint effort of 17 team-leaders with backgrounds in physics, chemistry and biology. They work for 6 Dutch research institutions: Delft University of Technology, Groningen University, Radboud University Nijmegen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdan, Wageningen University and the AMOLF Institute.

BaSyC is financed by a “Gravitation” grant from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, in cooperation with the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and by the participating research institutions.

With the Gravitation grant, the government aims at stimulating excellent research in the Netherlands. The grant is intended for scientific consortia that have the potential to belong to the world top in their field.

For different Work Packages we are looking for Phd’s and Postdocs.

You will work in an interdisciplinary environment, with physicists, chemists, biologists. The programme is characterized by strong collaboration among the groups, located at the different institutes. Therefore, working at different locations and labs is more the rule than the exception.

You will be employed at all effects at one of the partner institutions. At the same time you will be part of the BaSyC community, and as such be involved in the BaSyC activities: progress meetings and trainings, summer schools, and the biennial international symposium on Building a Synthetic Cell.

Interested?

No jobs available for the specific part of the programme you are interested in? Please feel free to send an open application to the corresponding PI directly – the PI’s contact details can be found at the people page.

For general questions you can contact the BaSyC programme manager Dr S.Usai at info@basyc.nl


Building a Synthetic Cell (BaSyC) Gravitation programme –
PhD/Post doc positions at TU Delft

Department profile

The Department of Bionanoscience, part of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at Delft University of Technology and part of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft is dedicated to world-leading research at the interface between nanophysics and biology. The department was established in 2010 and has since expanded to currently 18 faculty members with active areas of research ranging from single-molecule biophysics to cell biology. The department offers excellent general facilities, including a Kavli Nanolab central microscopy facility, extensive general biology facilities, including a Kavli Nanolab central microscopy facility, extensive general biology facilities and a large Kavli Nanolab cleanroom facility.

Job descriptions

To apply, please contact the corresponding PI.

Supervisor: Prof. Marileen Dogterom
Dogterom Lab, Department of Bionanoscience, Delft University of Technology

Research at the Dogterom lab focuses on the quantitative understanding of the physics behind cytoskeleton-based processes. The lab has multiple positions available for talented PhD students and postdocs, for more information please contact prof. Dogterom.

Supervisor: Prof. Cees Dekker
Cees Dekker Lab, Department of Bionanoscience, Delft University of Technology

The Cees Dekker Lab is a biophysics group that has multiple positions available for talented postdocs or PhD students in the area of (synthetic) cell division and chromosomal organisation.

There are currently no BaSyC positions available at RUG

There are currently no BaSyC positions available at RU

 

There are currently no BaSyC positions available at VU

 

There are currently no BaSyC positions available at WUR

There are currently no BaSyC positions available at AMOLF