Job opportunities

March 2021: a new job offer will be soon posted for a postdoc position in single molecule biophysics fitting the description below

The Dulin lab has to offer a fully funded post-doc position (2 years) in the field of biophysics to study SARS-CoV-2 replication at the single molecule level. The successful candidate will investigate SARS-CoV-2 genome processing machines, such as the viral RNA polymerase and helicase, using state-of-the-art single molecule techniques, e.g. magnetic tweezers, total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy. Within the lab, the successful candidate will perform experiments and develop new computational analysis tools to investigate transcription initiation and termination at the single molecule level.

We are seeking for
– an outstanding experimentalist with experience in biophysics, physics and/or molecular biology. Experience in optics and computer programming (LabVIEW, Python, Matlab, C++, etc.) will be strongly appreciated.
– a creative and hard working individual that has a strong interest in crossing research fields.

She/He will successfully develop and combine different expertise in physics, biology and software programming to understand the fundamental steps in genome transcription and replication. Proficiency in English (both speaking and writing) is required.

The Dulin lab is a new single molecule lab at VU Amsterdam that started in January 2021. We are embedded within the Physics of Living System Section of the Physics Department, together with other single molecule labs (Gijs Wuite, Erwin Peterman, Iddo Heller), constituting a uniquely thriving environment for single molecule biophysics. Before moving to VU Amsterdam, Dr. David Dulin was the “Physics and Medicine” group leader at IZKF-FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg (, where he successfully established a single molecule biophysics lab to study RNA processing molecular machine, e.g. RNA virus replication machinery and cellular transcription. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic and international team of biophysicists and biochemists ready to tackle fundamental problems related to genome expression and maintenance using single molecule techniques, e.g. magnetic tweezers and single molecule FRET. They will have access to state-of-the-art magnetic tweezers apparatuses, a combined TIRF-magnetic tweezers set up, combined optical tweezers and fluorescence microscopy set ups, a molecular biology facility. They will have the opportunity to present their work at international conference. The VU Amsterdam is one of the best universities in the Netherlands, and leading environment in single molecule biophysics, located in the vibrant and international city of Amsterdam.

To apply, please send a cover letter (one page maximum), a curriculum vitae (two pages maximum), a publication list and the contact details of two references to Dr. David Dulin (d.dulin–at– All the documents must be written in English.


Master/Bachelor projects
We are always looking for highly talented and motivated people to join our research effort. For master and bachelor projects, we like the student to stay at least 4 months, which give the student the time to apply what she/he learned during the first couple of months of the internship and eventually finalize a project. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Dr David Dulin.

Spontaneous application
If you would like to join the lab as a PhD or a postdoc and would like to secure your own funding, multiple options are available. Please contact Dr. David Dulin at least six months in advance to prepare the application.