Postdoctoral researcher in photoactivated chemotherapy

Postdoctoral researcher in photoactivated chemotherapy

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19 Sep 10 Oct Leiden

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Postdoctoral researcher in photoactivated chemotherapy

Photoactivated chemotherapy (PACT) is a new form of phototherapy against cancer. In the frame of an EU-funded translational programme dedicated to developing PACT compounds for eye cancer treatm...

Job description

The position entails formulation, efficacy, biosafety, and mechanistic studies of ruthenium-based photoactivated chemotherapy treatment of uveal melanoma patient-derived tumor models in mice. You will be integrated in the MCBIM group ( and share responsibility of the biological part of the group, with possible involvement in the supervision of 1-2 PhD students. You will work in collaboration with the other members of the PACT4EYE consortium and actively participate to the consortium meetings.


Leiden University



You will have a PhD in biology or chemical biology, and proven experience with in vivo mice experiments. If possible, you will be familiar with photomedicine, uveal melanoma, and/or patient derived xenografts. You will insert in a collaborative project involving a company and two medical centers with expertise in eye cancer treatment. Good English skills and a will to work in a multidisciplinary topic are a must.

Conditions of employment

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The position starts by 1 November 2023, preferably. We offer a position for 12 months and upon satisfactory performance to be extended for 2 more years. You will be appointed in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The salary ranges from € 3.877,- to € 5.090,- gross per month, depending on experience (pay scale 10).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development. 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. For more information, see the website.

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  • Postdoc
  • Natural sciences
  • 3.8—4 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 14073



Rapenburg 70, 2311EZ, Leiden

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