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In several rheumatic diseases, and in particular Rheumatoid Arthritis, B-cells and auto-antibodies are pivotal players in disease pathogenesis as evidenced by the efficacy of B-cell depleting therapies. In the context of this project we aim to delineate the “switches and checkpoints” involved in the activation and resolution of autoreactive B-cell- and antibody responses. We are, therefore, looking for a PhD student who is acquainted with antibody- and/or B-cell technologies. Are you the candidate we are looking for?
You will be responsible for planning, performing and analyzing the outcome of experiments as well as reporting and publishing the results. The project comprises of cellular immunological methods, antibody chemistry and glycomics. The analysis of patient-derived sample materials will allow the student to obtain broad knowledge not only in immunology, but also in analytical chemistry and biochemistry with a special focus on arthritis.
You have a master’s degree in biomedical sciences, preferably with experience in cellular immunology and/or B-cell/antibody biology. Practical experience with cell culture is an asset. Additional experiences with molecular cell biology tools (Western Blot and qPCR or metabolomics) is advantageous. You are a highly motivated independent team player with a flexible work approach and the ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team. English language skills are essential for communication within the team and the consortium, but also for scientific presentations and publications. Further eligibility criteria for the PhD position are that you have not resided in the Netherlands for more than twelve months in the three years immediately before the recruitment date, at the date of recruitment you have to be in the first four years of your research career, and you do not have a doctoral degree yet.
You will be employed on the basis of a 36-hour week. Appointment is for a maximum of four years, to be completed with a doctoral thesis. Your salary is € 2,357 gross per month in the first year, amounting to € 3,020 in the fourth year (scale PhD students, CAO-UMC).
At the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), we are continually seeking to improve the quality of healthcare. The LUMC aims for excellence in patient care, research, teaching, training and continuing education.
This research will be performed at the Department of Rheumatology of the Leiden University Medical Center under the supervision of Prof Dr Rene Toes. In addition, this project is embedded in a comprehensive program of courses and exchange visits between the partner institutions. Part of the training will be carried out with our partners from Leuven, Tubingen and Glasgow. The PhD-student will become part of the graduate school of the LUMC.
Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC)
Albinusdreef 2, 2333 ZA, Leiden