Vacancies 129721-PhD-candidate-Electrophysiological-characterization-of-human-iPSC-derived-neuronal-models-for

About the position

  • 36 hours per week
  • Bepaalde tijd
  • 4 years
  • Salary scale 10A
  • Fulltime: min € 2789 - max € 3536 gross per month
  • Apply before 28 February 2023

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Job description

This ZonMW financed PhD position is available for a fixed term of 4 years to perform research on the electrophysiological characterization of human iPSC-derived neuronal models for neurodevelopmental disorders/ASD at the Human Genetics Department at the Radboudumc in Nijmegen . read more

Job description

This ZonMW financed PhD position is available for a fixed term of 4 years to perform research on the electrophysiological characterization of human iPSC-derived neuronal models for neurodevelopmental disorders/ASD at the Human Genetics Department at the Radboudumc in Nijmegen.

The project will capitalize on a hiPSC phenotyping platform that we have established and which is based on the differentiation of patient-derived neurons on micro-electrode arrays (MEAs), to interrogate the functional consequences of ASD-linked variants at the level of E/I balance (Frega et al., 2019; Gunnewiek et al., 2020; Linda et al., 2022; Mossink et al., 2022). You will combine neuronal network measurements with single cell electrophysiology measurements to unravel how synaptic properties underly specific network phenotypes.  The functional phenotyping will employ measurements using state of the art high-density microelectrode arrays (MEAs) on 2-dimensional neuronal networks as well as on early developmental stages of brain organoids.

The project is part of an interdisciplinary collaboration within a consortium financed by the ZonMW PSIDER program Brainmodel. The candidate will closely interact with research group of Prof. M. Verhage (VUmc).  In Nijmegen the  research will be located at the Human genetics Department (Nadif Kasri group) and embedded in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour of the Radboud University Medical Center.

Our research team at the Radboud university medical center is renowned for its genetic, molecular and electrophysiological research in the field of neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders. Over the past years we have developed unique knowledge and resources, such as the human (patient) induced pluripotent stem cell lines, including the required experimental platforms for in-detail assessment of the derived human neuronal in-vitro network models.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • The PhD student will be responsible for generating patient and isogenic hIPSC cell lines for several NDDs.
  • Designs and performs scientific research.
  • Works in a team with PhD students, scientists and clinicians.
  • Discusses, plans and performs research in a stimulating environment.
  • Works in a highly international research group and is willing to travel to other institutes within Europe.


Department

The research project will be based at the department of Human genetics . We provide a stimulating work environment within a group of enthusiastic clinical and non-clinical researchers with a strong national and international research network. The departments house a range of top researchers in... read more

Department

The research project will be based at the department of Human genetics. We provide a stimulating work environment within a group of enthusiastic clinical and non-clinical researchers with a strong national and international research network. The departments house a range of top researchers in the areas of Genetics and Neurosciences. The departments both have a strong track record, with recent publications in high-impact journals (Science, Nature, Nature Genetics). The combined infrastructure is state-of-the-art including innovative genetic technologies (Next-Generation Sequencing, etc.), induced pluripotent stem cells (Nijmegen IPS Technology Center) and a wide range of cellular functional assays.

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.

Radboudumc
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

In addition you possess the profile below: Academic degree (MSc) in molecular life sciences, biomedical sciences or a related discipline. A strong background in cellular neuroscience and neurophysiology is a must. Experience with cell culture of primary neurons and/or induced pluripotent stem... read more

Profile

In addition you possess the profile below:

  • Academic degree (MSc) in molecular life sciences, biomedical sciences or a related discipline.
  • A strong background in cellular neuroscience and neurophysiology is a must.
  • Experience with cell culture of primary neurons and/or induced pluripotent stem cells.
  • Preferentially has basic hands-on experience in single cell electrophysiology.
  • Highly motivated to work in an interdisciplinary environment at the cutting edge of science.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

Let's meet


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 € 2.789 and € 3.536 (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 28 February 2023. We will then contact you shortly. read more

Application procedure

Will you make a difference for our patients? We would like to receive your application before 28 February 2023. We will then contact you shortly.

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. Nael Nadif Kasri by email. Use the Apply button to submit your application. read more

Contact

Any questions? Please contact dr. Nael Nadif Kasri by email. Use the Apply button to submit your application.

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