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PhD Cross-omics analyses in neurodegenerative diseases

For Alzheimer Centre Amsterdam, we are looking for a PhD candidate for the project of: “Cross-omics analyses in neurodegenerative diseases”
PhD Cross-omics analyses in neurodegenerative diseases
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  • Hours: 32 36 uur per week
  • Location: Locatie VUmc
  • Contract type: training
  • Salary: € 2.789 - € 3.536
  • React until: 8 June 2023
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The project

The PhD project is part of the MODEM project. This is a Dutch multi-center study that will perform studies on the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and frontotemporal lobe dementia (FTD) in order to find novel treatments. Previous studies on AD and FTD pathophysiology had the disadventage that data were analysed in isolation in different models (i.e., cell cultures, mouse models, and patients), with different modalities (genomics, proteomics, and lipidomics) and in different matrices (brain tissue, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), plasma).

In MODEM, omics analyses will be performed  in several disease models and in clinical patients in different matrices and with different omics techniques. The role of the PhD student is to bridge this clinical with fundamental research. You will organise, align and integrate large scale in-depth omics datasets from partners in the consortium.

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About your role

As a PhD candidate you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Collaborate closely with partners in the MODEM consortium;
  • Organise and align cross-species and multi-modal omics data;
  • Develop and perform bioinformatic analyses;
  • Write scientific articles, which will form the PhD thesis;
  • Active participation to consortium and other scientific meetings, where you will also present your results.
About you

We are looking for a person with the following skills:

  • MSc in bioinformatics, systems biology and related fields, or in medicine;
  • Demonstrable experience with analysis of large complex data sets;
  • Experience with statistical software R;
  • Knowledge and understanding of ontological databases such as KEGG, and GO;
  • Understanding of bioinformatical tools (e.g., IPA);
  • Organisational, communicative and cooperative skills, as you will collaborate with scientists from multiple scientific disciplines.
Our offer
  • Salary increase of 4% effective November 2023
  • Salary Scale OIO : 2.789 to 3.536 euro gross when employed full-time (step depending on qualifications and experience).
  • A one-year contract with the prospect of extension for the duration of the project.
  • Besides a good basic salary, you will also receive an 8.3% year-end bonus and 8% holiday allowance.
  • Free and unlimited access to our online learning environment GoodHabitz.
  • Pension accrual with ABP, of which pay 70% of the premium.
  • Reimbursemen tof 75% of your public transport costs. Would you rather travel by bike? Then we have a good bicycle scheme.
  • An active personnel association and the Young Amsterdam UMC association, which organise fun (sports) activities and events.

Salary increase of 4% effective November 2023

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About your workplace

The Alzheimer Center Amsterdam is committed to serve patient care and advance scientific knowledge on different types of dementia. We aim for worldwide excellence in patient care and scientific research. With now over 100 colleagues we are part of the department of Neurology of the Amsterdam UMC. See for more information: Alzheimercentrum.

Amsterdam UMC has an open culture. This means that we hope that everyone feels welcome in our organization and that we strive to offer equal opportunities to everyone. We therefore cordially invite all interested parties to respond to this vacancy. Check out our approach to diversity and inclusion.
What to expect
A job in our beautiful capital city
Working for the favorite employer in healthcare (intermediary 2021)
All colleagues have the same goal: contributing to tomorrow’s care
There is room for development, deepening and broadening of your knowledge
An active staff association that organizes fun activities and arranges discounts on products and services for you
Amsterdam UMC innovates continuously, which requires a flexible attitude from everyone
Two large locations, good for your pedometer!
You have more than 15.000 colleagues, not all of whom you will get to know personally
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If you have any questions about this position, please feel free to contact Betty Tijms (project leader) , via

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Chey Edwards, Recruitment Advisor, via or via 06-21487245.

A reference check, screening and hiring test may be part of the procedure. Read here whether that applies to you. If you join us, we ask you for a VOG (Certificate of Good Conduct).

Internal candidates will be given priority over external candidates in case of equal suitability.

Acquisition in response to this vacancy is not appreciated.