Vacancies 123901-PhD-candidate-Quantitative-approaches-to-understanding-mosquito-behavior-and-pathogen-transmi

About the position

  • 36 hours per week
  • Temporary
  • 4 years
  • Salary scale 10A
  • Fulltime: min € 2631 - max € 3336 gross per month
  • Apply before 31 October 2022

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Job description

As a PhD candidate, you will develop new technologies to study mosquitoes. You will also use these tools to understand the internal and external drivers of mosquito behaviors that are relevant to pathogen transmission. Will you join our team? read more

Job description

As a PhD candidate, you will develop new technologies to study mosquitoes. You will also use these tools to understand the internal and external drivers of mosquito behaviors that are relevant to pathogen transmission. Will you join our team?

Mosquito-borne pathogens are transmitted during blood feeding, yet despite its crucial role in pathogen transmission, blood feeding is poorly understood. We leverage biophysics, (molecular) biology, and machine learning approaches to study questions such as: How do pathogen infections change mosquito behavior? How does the skin surface affect biting and blood feeding? What sensory inputs do mosquitoes use to make feeding decisions? By answering such questions, we aim to provide a deep understanding of the (neuro)biology underlying blood feeding, and the effect that pathogen infections and other physiological variables have on this behavior. As an example of our recent work, we developed a transparent skin mimic that allows high-resolution imaging of blood feeding mosquitoes, combined with a computational pipeline to characterize biting behavior in detail. We take inspiration from the field as well as the lab, and anticipate that new biological insights may provide valuable knowledge to combat mosquito-borne diseases.


Department

The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences ( RIMLS ) and department of Medical Microbiology host a vibrant community of research groups with expertise in the entire spectrum of mosquito and pathogen research, ranging from malaria parasite biology, to mosquito-virus interactions, and field... read more

Department

The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS) and department of Medical Microbiology host a vibrant community of research groups with expertise in the entire spectrum of mosquito and pathogen research, ranging from malaria parasite biology, to mosquito-virus interactions, and field studies. This unique combination of expertise and the excellent resources that include mosquito breeding and infection facilities, FabLab, and microscopy and molecular biology labs enable the study of all aspects of mosquito biology and a range of pathogens. You will join the recently created vector biology team, led by Dr. Felix Hol.

Research Institutes
At the moment there are more than 1,300 PhD candidates at our medical hospital. This number includes PhD candidates on our pay roll as well as external candidates (those employed somewhere else but researching on our premises).

  • Radboud Institute for Health Sciences: ± 700
  • Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences: ± 400
  • Donders Center for Medical Neurosciences: ± 200
Read what it is like to do a PhD at the Radboud University Medical Center.

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Radboud university medical center is a university medical center for patient care, scientific research, and education in Nijmegen. Radboud university medical center strives to be at the forefront of shaping the healthcare of the future. We do this in a person-centered and innovative way, and in close collaboration with our network. We want to have a significant impact on healthcare. We want to improve with each passing day, continuously working towards better healthcare, research, and education. And gaining a better understanding of how diseases arise and how we can prevent, treat, and cure them, day in and day out. This way, every patient always receives the best healthcare, now and in the future. Because that is why we do what we do.

Read more about our strategy and what working at Radboud university medical center means. Our colleagues would be happy to tell you about it. #weareradboudumc


Profile

We are looking for an outstanding and enthusiastic researcher with an interest in mosquito behavior and quantitative experimental approaches. Because our work combines a variety of techniques and approaches, it is important that you have an open and creative mind, a strong affinity for... read more

Profile

We are looking for an outstanding and enthusiastic researcher with an interest in mosquito behavior and quantitative experimental approaches. Because our work combines a variety of techniques and approaches, it is important that you have an open and creative mind, a strong affinity for quantitative biology, and a passion for solving problems using unconventional approaches. You are an independent and interdisciplinary individual, with strong interpersonal skills, and you are eager to learn new things. Prior experience with mosquito research is not required, love for the topic of research, and a strong motivation, are.

In addition you possess the profile below:

  • A master's degree in (quantitative) Biology, Biophysics, Molecular Life Sciences, Neurobiology, Bioengineering, or a related discipline.
  • Strong experimental and data analytical skills (programming skills are desired or will need to be acquired).
  • Excellent communication skills and English proficiency.

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Terms of employment

Working at Radboud university medical center means that you are ahead of the curve and working together on the healthcare of the future. And there is more. Our secondary terms of employment are impressive. These are fully tailored to you thanks to our Employment Conditions Selection Model. At... read more

Terms of employment

Working at Radboud university medical center means that you are ahead of the curve and working together on the healthcare of the future. And there is more. Our secondary terms of employment are impressive. These are fully tailored to you thanks to our Employment Conditions Selection Model. At Radboud university medical center, you will be given trust, and you will take the responsibility to handle everything together. We provide annual courses, both professional and personal.

  • A gross monthly salary between € 2631 and € 3336 (scale 10A) based on full-time employment. 
  • An annual vacation allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • If you work irregular hours, you will receive an allowance.
  • As a full-time employee (36 hours per week), you are entitled to approximately 168 vacation hours (over 23 days) per year.
  • Radboud university medical center pays 70% of the pension premium. You pay the rest of the premium with your gross salary.
  • You get a discount on health insurance as well: you can take advantage of two group health insurance plans. UMC Zorgverzekering and CZ collectief.
In addition to our terms of employment, we also offer employees various other attractive facilities, such as childcare and sports facilities. Want to learn more? Take a look at the Cao UMC.


Application procedure

Will you make a difference for our patients? We would like to receive your application before 31 October 2022. We will then contact you shortly. Candidates are required to send their CV, a cover letter summarizing research interests and career goals, and contact information of 2 (or more... read more

Application procedure

Will you make a difference for our patients? We would like to receive your application before 31 October 2022. We will then contact you shortly. Candidates are required to send their CV, a cover letter summarizing research interests and career goals, and contact information of 2 (or more) references.

What else can you expect?

When you begin employment, we will request a certificate of conduct (VOG) and, depending on the position, you may be screened. You do not need to do anything for this; we will inform you later. 
 
Radboud university medical center is an employer that welcomes everyone. Every colleague brings valuable experience, expertise, and creativity. We believe in the benefits of a diverse and inclusive organization. #weareradboudumc

Read more about our application procedure or take a look at the frequently asked questions
 
We are recruiting for this vacancy ourselves. We only accept applications directly from the applicants themselves, but intermediaries are welcome to share our vacancies in their networks.​


Contact

Any questions? Please contact dr. Felix Hol, assistant professor. Use the Apply button to submit your application. read more

Contact

Any questions? Please contact dr. Felix Hol, assistant professor. Use the Apply button to submit your application.

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