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Research Technician

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DepartmentDepartment of Pathology & Medical Biology and Pulmonary Diseases
Work locationGroningen
Apply no later than17 October 2021

Working environment

  • HBO (University of Applied Sciences) or higher level of education (preferably biomedical).
  • You can work independently but you also function well in dynamic teams.
  • You have affinity with clinical research.
  • You are motivated, assertive and pro-active.
  • You have expertise with isolation of human cells (such as PBMCs) and tissue culture, preferably primary human lung epithelial cell culture models and you have a VMT certificate.
  • You have experience with ‘OMICs’ technology such as transcriptomics (RNA-sequencing), proteomics or epigenetics.
  • You have experience with immunological, microbiological and cell & molecular biological techniques such as DNA and RNA isolation, qPCR or cDNA library preparation, FACS (multicolor and sorting), ELISA, cloning, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescent microscopy.
  • You are able to perform analyses independently (experience with excel, graphpad prism etc) and report on the data.
  • You have excellent organizational, communication and interaction skills.
  • You have good project and time management skills.
  • You are flexible also with respect to working hours.
  • Command of the English language in spoken and written word is mandatory.

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.

Job description

The technician will be working within the departments of Pathology & Medical Biology (PMB) of the University Medical Center Groningen, laboratory of Experimental Pulmonology and Inflammation Research (EXPIRE). Within PMB, multiple renowned research groups work on damage and repair processes in pathophysiological processes, using translational and multi-omic approaches (transcriptomics e.g. single cell RNA sequencing, proteomics etc), and state-of-the-art cellular and molecular techniques, to obtain insights into the mechanisms and novel therapeutic strategies for chronic inflammatory diseases.

The EXPIRE group exists of 20-30 researchers, including PhD students, technicians, post-docs and master/bachelor students. The candidate will work closely with other technicians and with clinicians from the department of Pulmonary Diseases. There is an extensive fundamental, patient-oriented line of investigation on the development, progression and treatment of lung diseases within the Pulmonology department.

The research is embedded within the Groningen Research Institute of Asthma and COPD, a multidisciplinary and translational institute. The technician will fulfill a central role in performing biomedical research, with a focus on the lung diseases asthma and COPD. The research has a highly translational approach with associated handling, processing and analyzing of patient derived samples. The candidate should be willing to pro-actively participate in general lab management tasks such as associated with ISO-regulatory matters and to collaborate closely with the clinic.

The candidate will be involved in the processing of patient material, facilitating the research and developing and implementing novel technologies within two consortium projects: DiscovAIR – Discovering the cellular landscape of the Airways and lungs, creating a cellular Atlas of the human lung and Precision Medicine for More Oxygen (P4O2). Patient materials will be derived from two large patient cohorts of asthma and COPD: the Astma Remissie (ARMS) and SHERLOCk (An integrative genomic approach to Solve tHe puzzle of sevERe earLy-Onset COPD) projects.

What do we need

We offer a position for 1 year for 36 hours a week. Your salary will be a maximum of € 3.280,- gross per month (scale 7), depending on your qualifications and relevant experience, based on a full-time appointment. In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centres (CAO-UMC).

More information

For more information about this vacancy you may contact:

  • Prof. Dr. Irene Heijink, telephone +31 50 361 0998, e-mail address Contact
  • Prof. Dr. Martijn Nawijn, e-mail address Contact

Applying for a job

Please use the the digital application form (motivation letter with 2 references and CV) at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed. You can apply until 17 October 2021.
Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.