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Research Analist in the field of Immunology

Immune modulation in cancer and autoimmune diseases
Research Analist in the field of Immunology
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  • Hours: 32 36 uur per week
  • Location: Locatie VUmc
  • Contract type: fixed-term
  • Salary: € 2.966 - € 4.201
  • React until: 3 December 2022
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Project Summary

The Dendritic Cell Immunobiology group studies molecular interactions that drive immunity and tolerance. We are in particular focusing on glycan modifications in tissues that impact glycan binding receptor interactions on immune cells such as Dendritic cells, but also other innate and adaptive immune cell subsets. We have two research lines that partly integrated. The first research line studies how glycan changes in the tumor microenvironment inhibit immune responses, in human cellular assays as well as mouse models. The second research line studies how glycan can be used in the design of therapeutics to inhibit auto-immune diseases and allergy, and therapeutics to induce anti-cancer immune responses. The research technician will work in both research lines with specific focus on human cellular assays.

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About your role

A position is vacant for research technician in the group of Dendritic Cell Immunobiology of prof dr. Yvette van Kooyk. In this position you will perform immunological assays, with focus on human cellular assays with dendritic cell subsets and primary T cells. You will perform immunological readouts for cellular activity and differentiation using high dimensional flow cytometry. You have molecular interest. You will also supervise daily operations in this research group, coordinate activities, provide technical support and train PhD student.

About you
  • You have extensive technical experience in cell isolations from human blood, tissues and culturing of cells. Performing human cellular assays with dendritic subsets, and primary T cell cultures, antigen specific T cell read-outs, development of regulatory  T cell assays as well as suppression assays.
  • You have extensive scientific and technical experience in the field of cytometry, form experimental setup and panel design to instrument operation and data analysis. Experience with spectral flow cytometry and conventional flow cytometry and cell sorting. You have knowledge of advance data analysis methods for high dimensional cytometry data.
  • You have interest in molecular techniques to modulate immune cells for functional exploration.
  • You have good organizational and communication skills to advise and support several researchers in cellular assays. You are able to implement innovations in the field quickly.
  • You are independent with team player mentality and have ample knowledge in practical laboratory work, handling of complex equipment, interacting with technicians, PhD students, postdoc,and technical reporting in written or presentation form.
Our offer
  • Appointment for 1 year, with extension towards a fixed position-(indefinite period of time) position after good evaluation of the full task performance.
  • Salary scale 8M (€ 2.966 - € 4.201) / 9M (€ 3.267 - € 4782) based on a 36-hour week, depending on qualifications and experience.
  • Additional benefits include an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8.0% holiday pay.
  • Free and unlimited access to our online learning environment GoodHabitz.
  • Pension is accrued at the ABP. VUmc contributes a large part of the premium (70%).
  • In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, we reimburse 75% of your OV travel costs (commuting costs).
  • For more information about our employment conditions, please visit our website.

The Department of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology (MCBI) at the Amsterdam UMC (location VUmc) at the southwest edge of the city carries out research at an internationally competitive level and offers a stimulating and collegial work environment. The research of the department concentrates on immunological questions in the fields of cancer, neuroimmunology, skin immunology, and inflammation. The research focuses on both, fundamental questions aimed at unraveling molecular and cellular mechanisms and translational research focusing on the application of fundamental knowledge to medical questions. (

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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Job interviews are scheduled on December 5th. We kindly ask you to take this into account in advance. The next round of job interviews is scheduled on December 19/20.

If you’re interested about this position, you can contact Prof.dr. Yvette van Kooyk, PI of Dendritic cell immunobiology group and head of MCBI via 020-4448080/48084 or

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A reference check, screening and hiring test may be part of the procedure. Read hier whether this also applies to you.

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