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Research Technician Molecular Pharmacology (0.6 FTE) in Groningen

... Faculty of Science and... ... University of... Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative...



Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programs and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 30,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global center of knowledge.

Job description

The department of Molecular Pharmacology, Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science and Engineering has a temporary position for a research technician. The department of Molecular Pharmacology works closely with the Groningen Research Institute for Asthma and COPD (GRIAC), a highly multidisciplinary institute covering all areas of asthma and COPD research. The department of Molecular Pharmacology is also part of the Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN) embedded in the University Medical Center of Groningen (UMCG) and Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) covering all areas of neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation. See also: http://www.rug.nl/research/molecular-pharmacology for more information about our department.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and flexible co-worker to support multiple projects in our department. You will mainly work together with Dr Dolga and Prof. Schmidt.

Dr Dolga is a Rosalind Franklin Fellow of the FSE, a prestigious tenure track for female researchers enabling them to build up their own research group. Dr Dolga focuses on the neurodegenerative diseases Parkinson and Alzheimer. She collected evidence that dysfunction of neuronal mitochondria driven by specific neuronal ion channels might turn out to be the driving force of the disorders. In this research project, we will investigate the exact nature of the alterations in neurons. Techniques like Seahorse, xCelligence, Oroboros, multi-electrode arrays will be applied to decode mitochondrial dysfunction. Biochemical and molecular techniques will be used.

Prof. Schmidt has grant support from both (inter)national founding agencies an industry. Her research encompasses respiratory, neuronal and cardiovascular research. Her research is directed to unravel the impact of environmental factors (including air pollution) as driving force to provoke oxidative stress related organ function. Main focus is on COPD and Alzheimer.


The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
• a Bachelor of Science degree (HLO) or Master’s degree, in (Medical) Biology or a related area
• experience with techniques in cell biology, molecular biology including cell culture, histology, western blotting and PCR
• team player with a pro-active and flexible attitude
• enthusiasm for pharmaceutical research in an interdisciplinary setting
• good knowledge of written and spoken English
• an article 9 or 12 license and demonstrable experience in this field is considered preferable.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 24 months.

The University of Groningen offers a salary depending on your qualifications and work experience from € 2,161 up to a maximum of € 2,917 (salary scale 7 Dutch Universities) gross per month for a fulltime position. In addition to the primary salary the University offers 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%. For this position the UFO job profile Education/Research Officer 4 applies. This position is temporary for a period of 2 years. After the 2 years opportunities for prolongation (for definite or indefinite term) may occur.

The preferred starting date is 1 June 2018.

You may apply for this position until 30 May 23.59 h / before 31 May 2018 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

Applications for the position should include:
• curriculum vitae, including name, address, degree(s) and research experience
• motivation letter
• name and (e-mail) address of two professional references.

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Extra informatie

Fulltime (startersfunctie)

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