Vacancies 67964-PhD-candidate-The-virome-of-mosquitoes

  • 36 hours a week
  • Temporary
  • 4 years
  • Date of publication: 3 May 2019
  • Deadline: 24 May 2019
  • Scale 10A: max € 42220 gross per year at full employment (incl. vacation bonus and end of year payments)
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Job description

Mosquitoes are vectors for transmission of important human pathogens including viruses such as Dengue and Zika virus and parasites such as the malaria parasite. Mosquitoes lack the adaptive immune responses of vertebrates, yet they possess a sophisticated and complex immune response to pathogen infections. This immune response is a critical determinant for pathogen transmission. In recent years it has become increasingly clear that mosquitoes carry a large reservoir of viruses (virome), and it is likely that these affect transmission of human pathogens.

In this project, we will characterize the virome of field-collected vector mosquitoes from regions in Africa with active malaria and dengue virus transmission. The project will have a focus on next generation sequencing, virology and parasitology. This work will be combined with field work in Burkino Faso, building on a strong existing collaborations between the involved research institutes and excellent support in-country.


For this project, we are looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate with a strong background in molecular biology and a demonstrated interest in virology and/or parasitology. Willingness to perform fieldwork in Africa is a desirable (but not essential) additional criterion.Further:
  • Recent MSc degree in Molecular Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, or a related program;
  • Strong background in molecular cell biology;
  • Strong interest in virology and parasitology;
  • Good communication skills and good command of spoken and written English.


The laboratories of Experimental Virology (PI: Ronald van Rij) and Parasitology (PI: Teun Bousema) study various aspects of arbovirus and malaria transmission. Together with other groups of Radboud University Medical Center, the lab is based in the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), a multidisciplinary research school in the life sciences. RIMLS provides a stimulating scientific environment, with state-of-the-art core facilities, including cellular imaging, proteomics, and genomics.

The PhD candidate will be enrolled in the RIMLS PhD program which provides advanced training through courses, lecture series, and symposia.

Radboudumc strives to be a leading developer of sustainable, innovative and affordable healthcare to improve the health and wellbeing of people and society in the Netherlands and beyond. This is the core of our mission: To have a significant impact on healthcare. To get a better picture of what this entails, check out our strategy.

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Employment conditions

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

Applicants should write a motivation letter outlining specific interest in the position, a list of grades, a curriculum vitae, and contact information of professional references.

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained fromt or contact dr. Ronald van Rij. Use the Apply button to submit your application.

Please apply before May 24, 2019.
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