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Postdoc in Immune biology and infectious disease

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03 december 2019
16 december 2019

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The Faculty of Science and the Institute of Biology are looking for a

Postdoc in Immune biology and infectious disease

Project description
The opening is for a post doc position within the field of Infectious diseases and zebrafish immunity. The position is in an interdisciplinary team of immunology and experimental biologists using zebrafish as a model. We are looking for an experienced post doc with in depth expertise in studies of zebrafish metabolism, immunity and medical compound treatment. Experience with high throughput zebrafish screening, genetic techniques are required, including extensive experience with microbiology, qPCR and cloning. Experience with high throughput screening, microinjection and  zebrafish husbandry is important.

Key responsibilities

  • High throughput screening of zebrafish larvae;
  • Extensive microbiology expertise;
  • Extensive experience of small molecule screens;
  • Microinjection of zebrafish; tissue analysis; microbial injections;
  • Active participation in the research projects, including interpretation and reporting.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD, Master’s or Bachelor’s degree;
  • Extensive experience with zebrafish research;
  • Publication track record in high ranking journals;
  • Fluent interdisciplinary communication skills with scientists in cell biology and medical school scientists;
  • Excellent written and oral proficiency in English. The position is in an international team, therefore speaking fluent English is required.
  • Ability and enthusiasm for working in a multidisciplinary environment;
  • You are a team player, but also able to work independently;
  • You take initiative and have a strong interest in academic research;
  • An article 9 certificate is essential.

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the faculty is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The Institute of Biology (IBL) is positioned in the Faculty of Sciences. The core business of IBL is to perform top quality innovative fundamental and strategic research that will lead to scientific progress, contribute to solutions for societal challenges, and generate industrial opportunities. The institute is organised in three multidisciplinary clusters: Animal Sciences & Health, Plant Sciences & Natural Products and Microbial Biotechnology & Health. Presently, over 120 fte (including postdocs and PhDs) are employed at IBL.

Terms and conditions
We offer a one year term position with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. The salary ranges from  €2,709.- to  €4,274.- gross per month (pay scale 10 in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities)

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at Job application procedure and employment conditions.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Herman Spaink, Professor of Molecular cell biology, email h.p.spaink@biology.leidenuniv.nl.

To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to h.p.spaink@biology.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:

  • A motivation letter;
  • CV;
  • The names and phone numbers of two referees.

Only applications received no later than 16 December 2019 can be considered.

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