Vacancies 65363-Postdoc-Augmentation-of-NK-cell-therapy-in-ovarian-cancer-through-mRNA-mediated-cytokine-expre

  • 36 hours a week
  • Temporary
  • Date of publication: 6 February 2019
  • Deadline: 20 March 2019
  • Scale 10: max € 60864 gross per year at full employment (incl. vacation bonus and end of year payments)
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Job description

Augmentation of NK cell therapy in ovarian cancer through mRNA-mediated cytokine expression.
Ovarian cancer is the most lethal malignancy in women and novel treatment modalities are urgently needed. Intraperitoneal infusion of natural killer (NK) cells is being explored as a cell-based immunotherapy. However, currently optimal stimulation of activity is hampered by the limited availability of cytokines. In this project, we therefore aim to provide co-stimulatory cytokines through transient expression achieved by intraperitoneal delivery of mRNA nanomedicines and assess the impact of this expression on tumor cell clearance in mouse models of ovarian cancer.

This project is funded by the Dutch Cancer Foundation and is a joint activity of the Departments of Biochemistry, Laboratory Hematology and Gynaecology of the Radboud University Medical Center in collaboration with one of the world-leading providers.


We are searching for a highly motivated candidate with experience in gene delivery and detection of expression, fluorescence microscopy and animal experimentation using tumor models. We offer a cutting-edge research project at the interface of nanomedicine and immunotherapy and a highly stimulating, interdisciplinary research environment with state-of-the-art research facilities.


The Department of Biochemistry is one of the preclinical departments of the Radboudumc with research in targeted drug delivery, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, and mitochondrial dynamics and metabolism. Fundamental research is conducted in close collaboration with clinical groups to promote a translation of fundamental insights into potential clinical applications. The current project builds on projects using protein engineering of DARPins to target cancer and intracellular delivery of proteins inhibiting intracellular signaling pathways.

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Employment conditions

Starting date as soon as possible and before 01 May 2019. The contract will first be limited to 6 months with extention to 15 months upon first demonstration of feasibility.

Upon commencement of employment we require a certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, VOG) and there will be, depending on the type of job, a screening based on the provided cv. Radboud university medical center’s HR Department will apply for this certificate on your behalf.

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Comments and contact information

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof. Dr. Roland Brock, Departement of Biochemistry or Dr. Harry Dolstra, Laboratory Hematology.  Use the Apply button to submit your application.

Please apply before 20 February.
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