Would you like to contribute to the development of new enterovirus vaccines as a postdoctoral researcher? We have a new opening at the Virology Section of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University where you will be working on new enterovirus vaccines.
The group of enteroviruses includes many important human pathogens such as poliovirus (PV), coxsackievirus, and rhinovirus. Moreover, it contains emerging pathogens such as enterovirus A71 (EV-A71, a major cause of hand-foot-and-mouth disease) and EV-D68. There is a great need for an innovative multivalent HFMD vaccine but several CV-A viruses are difficult to propagate, thereby hampering traditional vaccine development.
In this position you will work together with our industrial partner Intravacc to explore the feasibility of multivalent HFMD vaccines. You will develop enterovirus particles with a modified outer surface. You will next assess these for stability, structural integrity, infectivity and immunogenicity in order to deliver the proof-of-concept for these novel vaccines.
In this role you:
- design and conduct the experimental work for this research project;
- write high quality research publications;
- supervise research projects of Master's and Bachelor's students.
You will join our large team of about 40 researchers that focuses on the molecular aspects of infection of corona-, influenza- and picornaviruses. We offer a challenging position in a dynamic and professional environment with plenty of room for initiative and entrepreneurship. This position offers a lot of opportunities to develop yourself and your talents. You will be given the option to follow trainings from the UU Development programme.