At the department of Immunopathology we have a position available for a technician within our COVID-19 research group. The project is part of our national Target to B consortium and is focused on studying whether patients who are suffering from autoimmune diseases (arthritis, lupus, MS etc) and treated with immune-suppressive drugs respond to COVID-19 vaccination equally well as untreated patients or healthy individuals. This includes longitudinal follow-up of patients and healthy individuals with a specific focus to investigate if the B and T cell responses towards SARS-CoV2 differ. Besides direct ex vivo analysis focused on the number and phenotype of the antigen-specific cells by ELIspot or multi-color flowcytometry you will also perform in vitro cultures to investigate the functional properties of SARS-CoV-2-specific B and T cells. This research project will be performed within a multi-disciplinary and enthusiastic team, consisting at present for COVID-related cellular research 2 post-docs, 2 PhD students and 2 technicians.
The department Immunopathology comprises 40-50 people (postdocs, PhD-students, undergraduate students and technicians) that all work on related immunological research topics. The B cell Research group, headed by prof dr. Marieke van Ham, investigates how B cell differentiation into IgG-secreting plasma cells is regulated by antigen and specific signals from follicular Thelper cells. The Immune modulation and Immunomonitoring Research group, headed by dr. Anja ten Brinke, investigate the modulation of immune responses by blood products as well as immunomodulatory therapies, with a specific focus on CD4+ T cell and B cell responses.
We are looking for a highly motivated individual with:
a finished bachelor degree in biomedical sciences
experience with immunological analysis, preferably flowcytometry
team player with good communication skills
challenging project in a multi-disciplinary and enthusiastic international team;
temporary position (project duration of 2 years);
salary and conditions are conform CAO Sanquin (FWG 45) depending on your profile between € 2.202,- and € 3.156,-;
8,33% end-of-year bonus; i.e. a thirteenth month in case of full-year employment;
partial reimbursement of travel costs;
pension plan with Pensioenfonds Zorg & Welzijn (PFZW);
at fulltime employment (36 hours) 201 hours of leave per annum.
Information can be obtained from Prof. dr. Marieke van Ham (firstname.lastname@example.org or 020-5123158). Does this vacancy trigger you and do you recognize yourself in this profile? Please send us your motivation letter, together with your curriculum vitae before the 8th of september 2021. Please note that we will only process applications from candidates who have a valid work permit for the EU. A pre-employment screening will be part of the onboarding procedure.
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