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PhD LADOMICS: a quest for understanding adhesion defects

Apply before: 15 May 2019
Type of Employment: Fixed Term Contract
Working hours: 36 hours per week
Discipline: AMC Medical Research (AMR)
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What you are going to do

Leukocyte adhesion deficiencies (LAD) are a group of rare immunodeficiency disorders affecting leukocyte trafficking. LAD-I is caused by reduced or lost expression of the leukocyte adhesion molecules comprising integrins, which are crucial adhesion receptors on immune cells, whilst LAD-III is caused by mutations within an important integrin regulator, kindlin-3. We have partnered with German, Finnish and Israelian research groups, in an EU-funded eRARE project ‘LADOMICS: Multi-omics approaches for discovery of new disease mechanisms of LAD-I and LAD-III immunodeficiencies’. Besides the identification of various mutant proteins in LAD-patients, the molecular pathways for some of the disease manifestations have remained ill-defined. We will use human cell lines engineered to carry LAD mutations as well as genetically defined well-validated mouse models of LAD-related immunodeficiencies to discover and functionally validate disease mechanisms underlying these different LAD syndromes. Our contribution to the project at Sanquin within this eRARE network is focused on induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) technologies with patient-derived reprogrammed stem cells. Using iPSC models to culture patient neutrophils, platelets or red cells will provide the community with model systems to study blood cell development and identify novel molecular mechanisms associated with the observed mutated protein within LAD that cannot be easily addressed otherwise. The position will be largely based at Sanquin Research. The Phagocyte lab at Sanquin has a longstanding role in deciphering pathological processes related to neutrophil/leucocyte biology and collaborates with the Dept of Hematopoiesis that studies hematopoietic stem cells, T-cell differentiation and activation, and molecular mechanisms controlling megakaryopoiesis and erythropoiesis. The research is multidisciplinary and includes molecular biology, fluorescence-based techniques, high throughput techniques (mass spectrometry, sequencing) and extensive cell culture of both adult and embryonic tissues. The institute provides a lively, internationally oriented, scientific environment with excellent facilities. We are looking for a motivated, enthusiastic and flexible PhD student who has been trained in cellular culture and molecular techniques who is willing to join our research team at Sanquin to investigate these rare syndromes with state-of-the-art technology. The aim is to gain disease-overarching insight in blood cell adhesion and motility and to develop therapeutic approaches for LAD-related diseases.

What we expect from you

Prerequisites are as follows: 1. Master of Science degree in Biology, Medical Biology or equivalent; 2. Significant experience with immunological and cell biological techniques; 3. A creative and flexible work attitude; 4. A team player with excellent communication skills in an international setting; 5. The capacity to work independently.

Where you are going to work

In the current project three research groups, Prof. dr. T.W. Kuijpers (Dept. of Pediatric immunology, Rheumatology & Infectious Diseases), Dr R van Bruggen (Dept of Blood Cell Research, SANQUIN) and Dr E van den Akker (Dept of Hematopoiese, SANQUIN) will join forces. The complementary knowledge and technologies of this project team will create a unique scientific environment and strong research base for the PhD student. Within the Dept. of Blood Cell Research both fundamental and clinical research is performed with a focus on immunity during infections, inflammatory disorders and neutrophil and macrophage development. The clinical background at Amsterdam UMC, location AMC Dept. of Pediatric Immunology, Rheumatology and Infectious Disease will result in a high degree of synergy for innovative translational research.

What we offer you

We offer you ample opportunity for development, deepening and broadening, additional training and a place to grow! Working at AMR means working in an inspiring and professional environment where development is encouraged in every respect.

  • The maximum gross monthly salary based on a 36-hour work week is € 3.020 (scale 21 CAO UMC).
  • The base salary does not include holiday pay (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%).
  • We offer a contract for 48 months, after a trial of 12 months.
  • 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.

For an overview of all our other terms of employment, see www.werkenbijamc.nl/arbeidsvoorwaarden-amr.

Let’s meet

NOTE: because of the joint forces between SANQUIN and Dept. of Pediatric immunology, Rheumatology & Infectious Diseases, it applies to this vacancy that employees of AMC and SANQUIN will take a seat in the selection committee. By sending your application, you agree that your resume and letter of motivation will also be shared with staff members of both parties involved in handling this vacancy and that they therefore have access to the personal data you send.

If you would like to apply directly, please use the ‘apply’ button on this page.
If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Prof. dr. T.W. Kuijpers (Dept. of Pediatric immunology, Rheumatology & Infectious Diseases), via t.w.kuijpers@amsterdamumc.nl.

We look forward to meeting you!

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