Junior scientist (post-doc) in cellular neuroscience (cell biology, life cell imaging) for four years* (1.0fte)

Junior scientist (post-doc) in cellular neuroscience (cell biology, life cell imaging) for four years* (1.0fte)

Geplaatst Deadline Locatie
23 mrt 30 apr Amsterdam

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Project: Mechanisms of neuropeptide trafficking and secretion in human and mouse neurons

Location: Amsterdam
FTE: 0,8 -1


Neuropeptides are by far the largest group of chemical signals in the brain, playing a vital role in a wide range of brain functions, from sleep to cognition. Yet, the way these signals are produced, packaged, transported, and secreted by brain cells is still poorly understood. Furthermore, dysregulation of neuropeptide signalling is implicated in numerous brain disorders (e.g., autism, mental retardation) and neuropeptides are used treatment for many of these, including epilepsy. Neurons secrete neuropeptides from dense core vesicles (DCVs) and the aim of this project is to unravel the mechanisms of DCV trafficking and secretion in neurons with a specific focus on the initial stages of this secretory pathway. This project uses life cell imaging (2-photon and confocal microscopy) in human iPSC-derived neurons and intact rodent tissue (brain slices, in vivo), and genetically encoded reporters to detect DCV trafficking and fusion. We have previously established detection of DCV secretion in neurons with single vesicle resolution and characterized several molecular factors that regulate secretion. In this project we will exploit these tools and methods to gain deeper understanding of the secretory pathway and its dysregulation in disease.
You will be part of international research networks and exploit a variety of other analysis tools available here. You will be appointed in Amsterdam and work primarily in Amsterdam with regular visits to the other labs. All the necessary methodology, equipment, analysis software, viral vectors, and mutant iPSCs and mice will be available from the start of the project.
Morerover, the research environment in Amsterdam and the strong international collaborations provide excellent opportunities for professional growth, with the work in this project serving as a springboard to establish an independent research team and pursue an independent scientific career


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


We are looking for scientists with the following qualifications
  • a successful PhD in biomedical sciences or biophysics with neuroscience specialization
  • hand-on experience with molecular/cellular neuroscience, especially the methods listed above
  • hands-on experience with bioinformatics is an advantage
  • a strong motivation to pursue a career in science.


Dienstverband voor bepaalde tijd: 1 jaar.

A challenging position in a socially involved organization.
The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 1.0 FTE.
The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for another 3 years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • contribution to commuting expenses
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor - from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam's Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.
Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.


  • Postdoc
  • 30.4—38 uur per week
  • €2960—€4670 per maand
  • Universitair
  • 15103


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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