Six postdoc positions in Origins of Life research , Origins Center, Netherlands

The Origins Center is a recent, multidisciplinary and multi-institute, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO funded initiative of a large number of top tier scientists in the Netherlands. Over 17 Dutch universities and research institutes participate in the Center that is coordinated by the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Within the Center we are now recruiting postdoctoral research fellows for five three-year pathfinder projects that together should lay the groundwork for a future, far larger research programme which aims at game-changing understanding of the origin of life and of life-bearing planets, predicting evolution, building and steering life from molecule to biosphere, finding extra-terrestrial life and of the mathematical concepts needed for bridging large spatial, temporal and organisatorial scale differences.

Fellowships are available within each of the following five projects:

  1. Developing, testing and operating the Origins Simulator
  2. Identifying factors enabling predictability of evolution
  3. Building and directing life
  4. Modelling planet earth as an exoplanet
  5. Mathematically understanding downward causation

Candidates should have a strong background in astronomy, biophysics, chemistry, microbiology, ecology, evolutionary biology, mathematics, computational science, molecular biosciences or planetary and geosciences, and be able to perform innovative and multidisciplinary research.