Electron Microscopy Specialist

0.8 FTE
Gross monthly salary
€ 3,098 - € 4,257
Required background
University of Applied Sciences Degree+
Organizational unit
Faculty of Science
Application deadline
As an Electron Microscopy Specialist you will ensure the operation and regular maintenance of all electron microscopes and cryo-sample preparation systems at the facility. You will use your expertise and knowledge to resolve TEM/cryo-TEM problems. You will be expected to deal with the facility users' requirements creatively, patiently and inventively. You will train, assist and supervise researchers with different levels of experience (from Bachelor's degree students to highly experienced scientists) and you will give them instructions where necessary and appropriate. You will perform both classical sample preparation (negative staining, chemical fixation, resin embedding and ultramicrotomy) and cryo-preparation (plunge freezing, HPF/FS) and you will guide users in this field.

You will assist with their image acquisition settings, and you will instruct them how to manage and analyse their acquired data using the available files servers and software. Furthermore, you will work together with the light microscopy specialist in image analysis and perform back-up tasks involving light microscopy equipment.


  • You have a degree in Science from a university of applied sciences or a research university.
  • You have ample experience in the application of advanced electron microscopy techniques (TEM, cryo-TEM) and sample preparation.
  • You have experience with image analysis support and knowledge of software suites, e.g. Serial EM and IMOD.
  • You should be able to disseminate your knowledge to others and supervise and guide newcomers from diverse backgrounds.
  • You have a service mentality.
  • You are interested in learning new techniques.
  • You are able to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • You know how to set priorities and draw up instructions.
  • You have the ability to write technical manuals and make contributions to funding applications and research articles.
  • You are fluent in English and preferably also in Dutch (if not, you should be willing to learn Dutch as soon as possible).

We are

The Department of General Instrumentation (GI) is a shared facility of the Faculty of Science at Radboud University. It plays an important role in our international, scientific and dynamic community, and offers services to a large number of scientists and students from all over the world. Our department hosts facilities with a number of medium-large to large instruments such as light and electron microscopes and devices for element analysis and separation techniques. The team currently consists of four highly qualified members in charge of all advanced equipment

Radboud University

We want to get the best out of science, others and ourselves. Why? Because this is what the world around us desperately needs. Leading research and education make an indispensable contribution to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all. This is what unites the more than 24,000 students and 5,600 employees at Radboud University. And this requires even more talent, collaboration and lifelong learning. You have a part to play!

We offer

  • It concerns an employment for 0.8 FTE.
  • The gross monthly salary amounts to a minimum of €3,098 and a maximum of €4,257 based on a 38-hour working week, depending on previous education and number of years of relevant work experience (salary scale 9).
  • You will receive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • It concerns a temporary employment for 1 year, with the possibility of a permanent employment.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Working for us means getting extra days off. In case of full-time employment, you can choose between 30 or 41 days of annual leave instead of the legally allotted 20.

Additional employment conditions

Work and science require good employment practices. This is reflected in Radboud University's primary and secondary employment conditions. You can make arrangements for the best possible work-life balance with flexible working hours, various leave arrangements and working from home. You are also able to compose part of your employment conditions yourself, for example, exchange income for extra leave days and receive a reimbursement for your sports subscription. And of course, we offer a good pension plan. You are given plenty of room and responsibility to develop your talents and realise your ambitions. Therefore, we provide various training and development schemes.

Would you like more information?

For questions about the position, please contact Stef Olsthoorn, head of General Instrumentation at (+31)6 202 408 89 or S.Olsthoorn [at] science.ru.nl.

Practical information and applying

You can apply until 3 April 2023, exclusively using the button below. Kindly address your application to Stef Olsthoorn. Please fill in the application form and attach the following documents:
  • A letter of motivation.
  • Your CV.
The first round of interviews will be planned between Thursday 13 April and Thursday 20 April.
You would preferably begin employment as soon as possible.

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We would like to recruit our new colleague ourselves. Acquisition in response to this vacancy will not be appreciated.

Dr Olsthoorn, S.M. (Stef)

head of General Intrumentation
(+31)6 202 408 89

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