Researcher Genomics & Technologies

Faculteit/Dienst:  Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde & Informatica
Opleidingsniveau:  Gepromoveerd
Functie type:  Wetenschappelijk Personeel
Sluitingsdatum:  31.01.2023
Vacaturenummer:  10959

Are you fascinated by the latest DNA and RNA technologies that are the basis of current and future major scientific breakthroughs in the Life Sciences? Do you enjoy setting up, improving, and applying these genomics technologies in joint research projects with life scientists? Then the position as Researcher Genomics & Technologies at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) of the University of Amsterdam might suit you and we would be happy to discuss this with you.


Within SILS, the “Molecular Analysis Department core facility (MAD)” and the “RNA Biology & Applied Bioinformatics research group (RB&AB)” form one group with about 10 multidisciplinary experts that provide genomic/transcriptomics-technology implementation and support, or perform (small)RNA biology research with a focus on Human Health, Plant Health and Sustainability, respectively. The MAD has its own Illumina DNA/RNA sequencing system plus Oxford Nanopore MinIon platform and manages an advanced high-performance computing infrastructure.


Recently, important new genomics technologies have been developed such as, eDNA applications, single-cell sequencing, spatial gene expression and image-based in-situ transcriptomics. The MAD is in the process of implementing these revolutionary technologies and making them available to researchers within and outside the institute, usually via collaborating projects. 


What are you going to do?

You will play an important role in introducing the mentioned novel genomics technologies and applying them in genomics/transcriptomics projects with external parties and with researchers from SILS. You will be encouraged to set-up and follow-through on new biological research avenues to enhance the impact of implemented genomics/technologies, with an emphasis on cell-free/non-coding (small)RNA. The data-analysis part will largely be executed by the MAD bioinformaticians.


Tasks and responsibilities
•    Hands-on optimizing and implementing innovative genomics technologies;
•    Apply advanced genomics technologies via collaboration in scientific projects;
•    Initiate and develop new research collaborations focusing on cell-free/non-coding (small)RNA;
•    Team up with technicians and supervising internship students with their lab experiments.


Your profile

You deliberately choose a technology position in an academic setting. You are a team player with a flexible and social attitude and an applied research mind-set. In addition, you are accurate, independent and know how to set priorities. You are resilient, even when facing setbacks.


•    a PhD with practical genomics/transcriptomics technology components;
•    experience or affinity with the optimization of laboratory protocols;
•    experience or affinity with cell-free/non-coding (small)RNA (biomarker) research;
•    good verbal and written communication skills.


What do we offer you? 

We offer a temporary employment contract for 30-38 hours per week for a period of 12 months. The desired start date is 1 March 2023. An extension of 18 months is available if your performance is positively assessed. Depending on relevant work experience at the start of employment, your salary is € 2,960 to € 4,670 gross per month based on a full 38-hour working week. This excludes 8% holiday and 8.3% year-end bonus. The Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities applies.


Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? More information can be found here


About us 

The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the broadest spectrum of degree programmes. It is an intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 doctoral students who are all committed to a culture of inquiring minds and scientific excellence.


The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain. 


The Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) is one of the Faculty of Science’s largest institutes. Its approximately 240 scientists and staff members work in 16 research groups that perform excellent research centered on four themes: Neurosciences, Cell & Systems Biology, Microbiology and Green Life Sciences.


Do you want to know more about our organization? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organization? Please contact: 

           T: 020-5257058



Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 31 January 2023.  We will recruit until the position is filled. The selection process commences immediately, but will close when a suitable candidate has been found, even if this is prior to the final date of the application window.
Applications should include:
•    a cover letter with your motivation to apply for this position.
•    a CV, including a list of publications. Please mention the months (not just years) in your cv when referring to your education and work experience.



The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.


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