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PhD student Neuro-immunology

Research to the role of the immune system in multiple sclerosis: NK cells friend or foe?
PhD student Neuro-immunology
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  • Hours: 36 uur per week
  • Location: Locatie VUmc
  • Contract type: fixed-term
  • Salary: € 2.570 - € 3.271
  • React until: 14 July 2022
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The project

This project incorporates fundamental research questions as well as translational applications in in vitro models and patient material. This project will be performed at the MS Center Amsterdam in the Neuro-immunology research group at the Department of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology (location VUmc; O|2 Lab Building) of prof. Elga de Vries in collaboration with the Neurology department (dr. Eva Strijbis).

The project is funded by a grant from Dutch MS research Foundation and is embedded in the Amsterdam Neuroscience research institute.

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About your role

The immune system takes active part in the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS). Recent evidence from the Neuro-immunology research group at the MS Center Amsterdam of Amsterdam UMC now suggests that natural killer (NK) cells play a yet unidentified role in the progression of MS.

The successful candidate will unravel if and how NK cells drive impaired peripheral and central immune homeostasis in MS and uncover how NK cells interact with various brain barriers and brain cells using a variety of unique human in vitro models and patient material while applying high-dimensional single-cell techniques and high end microscopy.

About you

We are looking for a highly driven, motivated and enthusiastic researcher with:

  • A master’s degree in a field related to biomedical sciences, neuroscience and/or immunology;
  • Affinity for immunology and neuroscience;
  • Interest in high-dimensional technologies and pushing the boundaries of research through technology-driven applications;
  • Experience with in vitro models, programming and iPSC technology is a plus;
  • You have a flexible, pro-active team spirit but you can also work independently;
  • Excellent communications skills in English, both written and verbal.
  • Willingness/openness to collaborate with (inter)national researchers.
Our offer
  • The intended start date for the project is October 1st 2022.
  • The position is for 4 years. We first offer a fixed term contract for 1 year, which under normal circumstances will be prolonged with 3 years. We also provide you with the opportunity to follow further training and development.
  • Besides a good basic salary, you will also receive an 8.3% year-end bonus and 8% holiday allowance. Calculate your net salary here.
  • Free and unlimited access to our online learning environment GoodHabitz.
  • Pension accrual with ABP, of which we pay 70% of the premium.
  • Reimbursement of 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, both of which organise fun (sports) activities and event
About your workplace

The MS Center Amsterdam is a multidisciplinary center within Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc in which more than 100 researchers from different disciplines cooperate. Our mission is to give people with MS a normal daily life without being limited by their disease. The combination of fundamental, applied and clinical research gives us the possibility to quickly apply results into the care for people with MS. The center has an excellent international reputation and is one of the top three MS research centers in the world.

You will work in a team with young and enthusiastic researchers, who have expertise in immunology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, cell biology, neuroscience and neurological diseases. Research within the department Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology is performed in a stimulating environment and at an international high competitive level.

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 are interested in this job and you meet the requirements in the job profile, we encourage you to apply by sending a brief letter of introduction including motivation for this position, as well as your CV.

During the publication period, applications will be handled continuously. If the vacancy is filled, it will be closed prematurely.

For more information about this position, you can contact prof.dr. Helga (HE) de Vries, via +31 20 4448077 or via

For more information on the procedure you can contact Tanja Hart, Recruitment Advisor, via

A reference check and screening can be part of the procedure. Read here what this entails. If you would join us, we will ask for a VOG (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag). 

Internal candidates will receive preference to external candidates, if equally qualified.

Acquisition regarding this job opening is not appreciated.