Vacancies 75583-PhD-candidate-Dendritic-cells-DCs-and-new-vaccination-techniques-in-lung-cancer
  • 36 hours a week
  • Temporary
  • 3 years
  • Date of publication: 21 November 2019
  • Deadline: 19 December 2019
  • Scale 10A: min € 2422 - max € 3103 gross per month at full employment (excl. vacation bonus and end of year payments)
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Job description

You will be working as a PhD candidate on the Tumour Immunology Lab (TIL) at the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS). The research focus will be on dendritic cells (DC’s) and new vaccination techniques in lung cancer. This will involve both basic and translational research.

The aim is to understand the role of DC’s in lung cancer and lung cancer treatment (i.e. immunotherapy), in order to improve current treatment outcome. You will work in a multi-disciplinary team consisting of immunologists, pulmonologists, imaging specialists, pathologists and computational biologists. This means that you will actively participate in multiple projects, some of which are already ongoing at the TIL. You will also be involved in translational research in which we monitor immunotherapy in lung cancer patients in vivo. Daily supervision will be performed by a post-doctoral immunologist and clinician.   

Tasks and responsabilities
-     Cell culture;
-     Flow cytometry;
-     Immunohistochemistry;
-     Molecular techniques;
-     Data analysis;
-     Data base management;
-     Writing manuscripts;
-     Presenting your data.


You have a master degree in molecular or biomedical science (or a comparable degree in life sciences) and you have enough experience in the lab to work largely independently.

You feel responsible and motivated to make a success of your PhD project. For this you will need focus and organization skills. During the progress of the project, you are able to introduce new ideas and directions, based on your research findings.

You prefer to work in a team, because you enjoy sharing your data, to exchange ideas and give and receive feedback.


The Department of Tumor Immunology is a leading European department in basic- and translational- immunology. It hosts scientists from over 10 different nationalities and disciplines (Immunology, Molecular Biology, Chemical Immunology, Nanomedicine, Computational Immunology, and Medical Oncology). The department is embedded in the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS) in the Netherlands, a leading European research school providing an outstanding research setting for the Radboud University. The RIMLS hosts excellent technology platforms such as genomics, proteomics, and molecular imaging.

Research within the department of Tumor Immunology aims at a better understanding of our immune system using molecular, cell biological, immunological, and computational techniques and is centered around antigen presenting dendritic cells which play an important role in regulating the immune response. An important activity of the department is the translation of basic research into clinical applications. In particular, we are developing novel dendritic cell based vaccines by using a chemical toolbox to treat cancer patients.

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

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Ilja Smit-de Witte, process coordinator & management assistant Tumor Immunology Department via (024) 361 76 00. Use the Apply button to submit your application.

Please apply before 19 December.
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