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Postdoc Position Molecular Neurobiology

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DepartmentUniversity Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
Work locationGroningen
Apply no later than29 July 2021

Working environment

The research at the Department of Biomedical Sciences of Cells & Systems (BSCS) at the UMC Groningen focusses on understanding basic functions and processes of the cell & systems and how they lead to diseases if disturbed. The Department strives for identification and, if possible, exploitation of targets to prevent or cure disease, and to promote Healthy Aging. The position will also be embedded in the MS Center Noord Nederland

Job description

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic progressive, disabling demyelinating, neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The quiescence of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells is one of the major impediments to efficient remyelination in MS. Pathological amyloid-like extracellular fibronectin aggregates play a causative role in remyelination failure. We have recently shown that the underlying mechanism of fibronectin aggregation involves disrupted fibronectin fibrillogenesis and substantial protein conformational regulation likely regulated by extracellular HSP90ß. In this project you will examine in detail the requirements of HSP90ß in preventing accumulation of fibronectin aggregates and elucidate its dysfunction in MS that may encompass aberrant post-translational modifications. The project will result in the identification and validation of an extracellular HSP90ß targeting agent that selectively prevents accumulation of fibronectin aggregates.

The position is funded by Stichting MS Research.

What do we need

A junior postdoc with a PhD degree in molecular cell biology or a related field. We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and talented postdoctoral researcher with affinity for neuroscience and a strong scientific drive. Expertise with molecular biology techniques and/or culturing primary cells, iPS cells and slice cultures is an advantage. Furthermore, you will need a flexible working attitude, team player mentality, good oral and written communication skills in English, and a result-driven and pro-active attitude.


The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.
In case of specific professions a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ is required.

What do we offer

1.0 fte junior postdoc position for a temporary contract of 12 months, preferably starting October 1, 2021, with the possibility of extension for 18 months. Salary indication is scale 10, which a maximum salary amount of € 4.615 gross per month depending on your qualifications and experience, based on a full-time employment. In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.

More information

For more information about this vacancy you may contact:
Wia Baron, e-mail address Contact

Applying for a job

Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed.
You can apply until 29 July 2021.
Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.