• Description:

    We invite applications from outstanding candidates, for a PhD position aimed at advancing research on the chemical origins of life on Earth, with a specific focus on our recently funded Protocell Project.

    The origin of life on Earth stands as one of the great mysteries of science. Researchers have long concluded that the chemical reactions that allowed life to emerge took place in microscopic compartments, called protocells. However, it is still not known how these protocells were formed. In the context of an NWO-Vici research program, we will explore the possibility that protocells were made of lipids, formed by solar irradiation of a primordial oil layer that covered the ocean. This explorative work will include studies of chemical reactivity, molecular self-assembly and the physico-chemical behavior of plausible lipids (primarily fatty acids).


    We are looking for candidates who meet the following requirements:

    •  a MSc degree in chemistry or a related field
    • the ability to work independently
    • excellent grades
    • creativity, determination and motivation.

    Experience in photochemistry, physical chemistry and/or organic chemistry is a plus. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see University of Groningen’s English Language Requirements for details



  • Fields

    • Chemistry

  • Qualifications

    • Master

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