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PhD candidate

Omvang (fte)
Geplaatst op
28 juli 2020
15 augustus 2020

Nog één dag om te solliciteren

The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Chemistry are looking for a

PhD candidate 
for the research project Zebrafish as model for inherited dysfunctions in lysosomes

Project description
The metabolism of glycolipids and their metabolites will be investigated in zebrafish. Use will be made of fish with generated deficiencies in key metabolizing enzymes and related proteins. Models of the inherited lysosomal storage disorders (e.g. Gaucher disease) are already available. The project aims to increase insight regarding toxic effects of glycolipids and their metabolites and to identify genetic modifiers of lysosomal glycolipid storage disease. Translation of findings to therapeutic avenues will be studied.

Selection criteria

  • Master’s degree in Life Sciences, or Biology;
  • Excellent proficiency in English;
  • Strong knowledge and skills in biochemistry, and molecular biology;
  • Keen interest in carrying out research with creative ideas and be able to work independently;
  • PhD research needs to start ultimately November 2020.

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 is top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity 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 of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programs. 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 chemistry and life science research in the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is organized around two major research areas: ‘Chemical Biology’ and ‘Energy & Sustainability’. The institute’s research themes illustrate the central position of chemistry between biology, medicine and physics. The various research topics carried out within these themes are ideal for executing interdisciplinary research.

Terms and conditions
We offer a position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary range from € 2,395.- to € 3,061.- gross per month (pay scale P 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.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science. Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness.

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

Enquiries can be made to Hans Aerts, email j.m.f.g.aerts@lic.leidenuniv.nl. If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact secretary Astrid Vrieling, email a.c.vrieling@lic.leidenuniv.nl.

To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than 15 August an email to the secretary of the Medical Biochemistry group, Astrid Vrieling, email a.c.vrieling@lic.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you join to your application the following additional documents:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • An updated CV;
  • Copy of master’s thesis or any other publication (if available);
  • The transcripts of your MSc studies and copy of your degree;
  • Written letters of recommendation by at least two former supervisors.
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