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Research Technician – tumor cell biology

Vacature nummer
Wetenschappelijke functies, Niet-wetenschappelijke functies
Intern , Extern
Publicatie datum
13 juli 2021
15 augustus 2021 Vacature gesloten

The Faculty of Science, Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is looking for a

Research Technician – tumor cell biology

Function description
The Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is part of the Faculty of Science. LACDR is a leading institute that conducts fundamental and strategic scientific research in the field of innovative drug research.

The Cancer Drug Target Discovery Group of Prof. Dr. Erik Danen studies mechanisms of drug resistance and metastasis, the two major aspects of cancer mortality. Multi cell type 3D co-culture models are explored through perturbations of gene expression and function (CRISPR-Cas), biochemical analyses, “omics” approaches, and cutting edge (real time) microscopy. Key findings are followed by in vivo and clinical validation studies. A major current focus of the lab is on mechanical remodeling of the tumor microenvironment and tumor immune interactions.

Key responsibilities
The successful candidate will work in the Danen group - an international team of PhD students and postdocs - and interact with other academic researchers and technicians in the Drug Discovery and Safety Division of LACDR. He/she will support the group with organization and development of key research tools and technical support. Specific tasks include:

  • Advanced tissue culture and molecular cloning;
  • Creation and registration of cell banks and stocks;
  • Creation, maintenance and reporting of reagents stocks;
  • Managing laboratory equipment;
  • Conducting training and introduction of techniques to new employees and students.

Selection criteria

  • An HLO diploma in Biology and Medical Laboratory Research, Biochemistry, or related subject;
  • Cell/ tissue culture expertise required;
  • Molecular cloning expertise is preferred;
  • Expertise with viral transductions is preferred;
  • Strong analytical skills and an accurate work attitude;
  • A team player who likes working in a dynamic environment;
  • Ability to take responsibility for lab safety and organization;
  • Strong communication skills, proficiency in English.

Our organisation
The Leiden Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is diverse, ranging from artificial intelligence, computer science, mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. For more information, see the website of the Faculty of Science.

Terms and conditions
A position with room for personal input, a pleasant working atmosphere in a creative environment with the possibility to work with the most modern equipment.In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, initially we offer a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal based on need, performance and funding. The salary range is from € 2,329.- to € 3,548.- gross per month (fulltime, scale 7 or 8, depending on education and experience).

In addition, Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package. For example, there is an end-of-year bonus (8.3%), holiday allowance (8%), excellent training facilities, paid parental leave, sabbatical leave and the option of our individual choices model to assemble your own set of terms and conditions.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Annelien Zweemer, email j.m.zweemer@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl, or Prof. Dr. Erik Danen, email e.danen@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl.

Applications quoting the vacancy number, including a motivation letter and curriculum vitae, can be sent by e-mail to Mrs. Marjolijn Lugthart: m.j.l.lugthart@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl no later than August 15, 2021.

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