Your challenge

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system in which neurodegeneration plays an important role in disability progression. Damage to the neurons of the retina can be measured as a reflection of global neurodegeneration in the central nervous system in patients with MS. In this project, you will investigate longitudinal retinal changes (using optical coherence tomography, OCT) and the retinal vasculature (by cutting edge OCT-angiography) in a large cohort of MS patients. You will apply OCT and OCT-angiography, in combination with histopathological examinations of retinal post-mortem samples, in order to investigate pathological pathways that contribute to neurodegeneration. You will contribute to the realization of OCT as a reliable and accurate method to assess neurodegeneration in MS.
As a postdoctoral researcher you will be part of a multidisciplinary team consisting of PI’s, post-docs, PhD students and research assistants. You will be working from the Neurology department and coordinate all MS projects within the field of neuro-ophthalmology. You will collaborate with researchers from other departments, such as ophthalmology, molecular cell biology and immunology and pathology.

Your profile

We are looking for an ambitious researcher with:

  • A PhD degree in technical medicine, biology, biomedical sciences, or similar expertise;
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Mentoring abilities and people management skills
  • Experience in independent project management
  • Above average scientific metrics for citations, impact factor and h-index
  • Solid statistical skills
  • Preferably experience using optical coherence tomography
  • Preferably fluent in written and spoken English and previous interactions with medical subspecialties such as neurology, neuro-ophthalmology or ophthalmology.

Your work environment

The post-doctoral project will be hosted by the Department of Neurology, Amsterdam UMC (location VUmc) and is embedded within the MS Centre Amsterdam and the Expertise Centre Neuro-ophthalmology. The MS Centre Amsterdam is a leading international centre where we focus on all aspects of Multiple Sclerosis. The Expertise Centre Neuro-ophthalmology is the only of its kind in the Netherlands with a broad translational research experience. We are well connected internationally and some of our team have dual positions with University College London (UCL), The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery Queen Square, Moorfields Eye Hospital and related big data projects. We combine high quality clinical and basic science research with patient management, clinical trials and education. In our multidisciplinary MS Centre, over 80 researchers strive to gain insight in the pathogenesis of the disease and to improve diagnostics and monitoring of disease activity. We also focus on finding new and more effective therapeutics for people with MS. This combination of basic science and clinical research on established longitudinal cohort studies and clinical trials provides the highly efficient and extremely productive work environment needed for consolidation of your academic track record and helping you to step up further. There is funding for employing a research assistant to support your work.

We offer

Salary Scale 10: 2826 tot 4481 euro gross when employed full-time (depending on qualifications and experience).

In addition we offer:
– Additional benefits include an 8.3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday pay.
– Your pension premium will be paid by us for 2/3.
– We reimburse 75% of your OV travel costs (commuting costs).

The position is for one year.

For more information about our employment conditions, please visit our website.
For Dutch citizens it is mandatory to provide a VOG (a declaration of good behaviour).

Additional information

The preferred starting date for this position is December 1st, 2019.

Dr. Petzold is mainly for substantive questions. Practical questions can be better put to BMJ Uitdehaag 020-4442836

Information and application

Don’t hesitate to call us!
If you’re interested about this position, you can contact Dr Axel Petzold, via telephone number +447903364197.
If you need more information about the application procedure, contact Faisca Stuiver, corporate recruiter at 020-4445635.

You can apply till 24 November 2019 by using the apply button.

Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.