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The Neuroregeneration group (NRG), led by Prof Joost Verhaagen, aims to develop gene therapy to repair nerve damage in the central nervous system (CNS) and the Neuroimmunology Research (IMM) group, led by Prof Inge Huitinga, studies the molecular and cellular factors underlying the pathology of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Regenerative therapy for Multiple Sclerosis
In a joint research program of Verhaagen and Huitinga, funded by the Start2Cure Foundation, we will develop a regenerative therapy to restore function in MS. Our approach is to apply cutting edge gene therapy technology to deliver therapeutic targets to the CNS. Targets will be identified in brain tissue of MS brain donors of the Netherlands Brain Bank (NBB) that exhibited a high intrinsic capability to repair MS-related damage. Together with Start2Cure, we will push for recovery of brain damage in MS by shortening the path from science to clinical application. For this ambitious project we are looking for a Technician/ Analist.
The technician will be responsible for the development of non-invasive viral vectors, setting up and running the MS animal models and the functional testing in these models.
The technician has an bachelor in applied science (BAS) degree in zoology (HLO level; article 12). Experience with experimental animal research, preferably the MS models and/or behavioral testing. Experience with histological techniques would be an asset.
We are looking for team players with a specific interest in MS and brain repair, with excellent communication skills and an ability to work and troubleshoot independently and collaboratively.
The salary is in accordance with the regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2329,- up to 3144,- gross per month (excluding 8% holiday and 8,3% end of year allowance) based on a full-time appointment, and depending on expertise and previous experience. The gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities. We offer travel expenses, paid parental leave, flexible working hours, 30 days paid leave per year and help by finding a house.
The Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience is an Academy research institute. It conducts basic and strategic research in the neurosciences. It examines how the human brain makes awareness, perception, movement, learning, social interaction and other cognitive functions possible. It also studies how brain disorders can disrupt these functions.
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
Meibergdreef 47, 1105 BA, Amsterdam Zuid-Oost
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