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Postdoctoral Researcher in Protein Structural Biology

Exciting position at the lead of a new project on the evolution of immunity to influenza viruses
Postdoctoral Researcher in Protein Structural Biology
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  • Hours: 36 uur per week
  • Division: AMR Medical Research B.V.
  • Contract type: fixed-term
  • Salary: € 2.911 - € 4.615
  • React until: 31 October 2021
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About your role

Influenza viruses infect ~700,000,000, and kill ~650,000, people worldwide each year. Much of this disease burden derives from the evolution of influenza viruses to escape immunity induced by prior infections and vaccinations. Simultaneously, our immune responses evolve with each infection to attack the new virus variants. The result is a continuous evolutionary arms race between virus and host. In this project, you will develop a new protein microarray for characterizing serological antibody responses to seasonal influenza viruses to study the accumulation and waning of immunity based on longitudinally collected serum samples from hundreds of people for >30 years. You will lead the work on protein expression for constructing the microarray. This is a new project that has the potential to reshape the understanding of accumulation of respiratory virus immunity, influence future vaccine design, and lead to substantial follow-on funding.

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The project

This research project is funded by a 5 year NWO/ZonMw Vici grant to Prof dr Colin Russell focused on characterizing how our antibody-mediated immune response changes upon infection/re-infection and how these changes drive virus evolution. The portion of the project related to the role advertised here will be pursued in collaboration with Prof dr Rogier Sanders, Dr Marit van Gils, and Dr Dirk Eggink.

About you

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Researcher (Postdoc) with experience in protein structural biology and protein expression (essential). Prior experience in working with viruses, particularly influenza viruses, is desirable.

You have a PhD and track record of publishing your work in peer reviewed journals.

You have outstanding experimental research skills and academic skills, are well organized, goal-oriented and results-driven, and have a strong team spirit, but you can also function independently.

You have excellent communication skills and are fluent in speaking and writing in English.

Our offer
  • Working on a large-scale research project, with motivated colleagues from all over the world.
  • We offer a contract for a year (12 months) with the intention to extend for a term of at least a further two years (24 months).
  • 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

You will be based in an active research group of ~20 people with a wide range of wet lab and computational expertise at Amsterdam UMC, location AMC in the Department of Medical Microbiology.

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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To apply, please submit: 1. a full academic CV including peer reviewed publications, presentations at conferences, and other relevant experience; 2. a letter describing your motivation in applying for the position and suitability for the role along with the names, job titles, and email addresses of three references.

The first round of job interviews will take place in late October 2021.

Do you have any questions about this positions? Please contact Prof dr Colin Russell,

For more information about the application procedure, please contact Tanja Hart, Recruitment Adviser, via T: 06-21603178 or E:

A reference check can be part of the procedure.