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PhD position in Transfusion Medicine

"Working at the front edge of research and innovation in Transfusion Medicine"
PhD position in Transfusion Medicine
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  • Hours: 28 36 uur per week
  • Division: ICU/Operation Centre
  • Contract type: fixed-term
  • Salary: € 2.495 - € 3.196
  • React until: 7 December 2021
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About your role

Currently, we have a 4-year position for a highly-motivated and creative PhD student for research on transfusion related acute lung injury (TRALI). TRALI is one of the leading causes of blood transfusion related morbidity and mortality world-wide, without available therapies. We have several pre-clinical models (endothelial and animal models) of TRALI running investigating the pathophysiology and potential preventive and therapeutic strategies for this life threatening syndrome. There are several research questions that need to be answered in this project, which include but are not limited to: 1. to provide proof of concept that in multiple transfused patients, donor human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I, II and human neutrophil antigen (HNA) antibodies are able to induce TRALI via circulating infused leukocytes of other donors 2. to identify the presence of non-HLA, non-HNA antibodies in blood products and investigate their contribution to the onset of TRALI. The PhD student will be responsible for conducting laboratory experiments. The experiments will be performed at Sanquin Research, Amsterdam and will be supervised by dr. R. Kapur and Prof. dr. A.P. Vlaar.  In addition to the research, the PhD student will be responsible for writing reports and scientific articles, giving presentations and will be participating in national and international scientific meetings. As a student in the AMC graduate school the PhD student will have access to further training and development. We offer a challenging learning environment in a young team. The PhD student will have significant interaction with the other PhD students of our research group.

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Tanja Hart Tanja Hart +31621603178 Recruitment adviseur
About you

-a recently obtained MSc degree in Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Medicine or related field.

-affinity with transfusion and intensive care medicine, and immunology/hematology.

-affinity for running pre-clinical experiments

-experience with laboratory techniques

-willing to work with mouse models, prior experience in working with animals is an advantage.

-excellent organizational skills

-previous research experience is an advantage

-fluent in English (written and spoken), writing and speaking Dutch is an advantage

-effective team-player in a multi-disciplinary environment

-capable to work diligently and independently with a good share of enthusiasm

Our offer
  • A jump start to your career in research work.
  • All te space for you to contribute shaping the care of tomorrow.
  • Working on large-scale and research project, with motivated colleagues from all over the world.
  • Number of hours is 28-36 hours per week / 0.9-1.0 fte
  • We offer a contract for a year (12 months) with the intention to be extended for another 36 months.
  • Note: A physician (position: physician-researcher) will start at € 3.196 (plus any years of experience as a physician, with a maximum of and € 4.611).
  • Additional benefits include an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8.0% holiday pay.
  • The base salary does not include holiday pay (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%). 
  • In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, AMC also has a sufficient number of parking spaces for employees.
  • Pension is accrued at Be Frank. 
About your workplace

The Intensive Care department of the Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam and Sanquin National Blood Bank occupy a leading position internationally in its field of research and participate in a large number of cooperative programs with universities, research institutes and industry. One of the main research lines is the broad field of transfusion medicine. The research group of the Department of Intensive Care and the Laboratory of Experimental Intensive Care and Anesthesiology, together with Sanquin National Blood Bank (Sanquin Research), exists of a multidisciplinary team with backgrounds in internal medicine, anesthesiology, intensive care medicine, biochemistry, artificial intelligence, immunohematology, molecular cell biology and blood cell research.

What to expect
A job in our beautiful capital
Working for the most preferred employer in healthcare (intermediair 2021)
All colleagues have the same goal: contributing to tomorrow's care
We care not only for our patients, but also for you
Cooperation is characterised by mutual trust and interest in one another
We are constantly innovating, so you must be able to deal with change
Parking is limited at location VUmc, but by public transport you can get to the door
A full agenda, because our staff association organises many fun activities
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For more information, please contact Alexander Vlaar, via and/or 

For more information about the application process please contact Tanja Hart, Recruitment adviser, via or via 06-21603178.

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