Your challenge

As a research assistant, you contribute to multidisciplinary research into the functioning of the brain on multiple scales, from molecule to behaviour. We combine microscopic research using immunohistochemistry and lightsheet microscopy on brain tissues from patients with brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease and possibly other disorders. In addition, we analyze the meso- and macroscopic brain characteristics of these patients using MRI and magnetoencephalography (MEG). Ultimately, we want to use this approach to create a multiscale brain network to better understand how the brain disorder interacts with the rest of the brain, and what effect this interaction has on, for example, cognition and emotion. Within our team that conducts research into multiscale brain networks, you participate in data collection and analyses, which lead to new scientific insights and publications. We are looking for two research assistants with different tasks.

As a research assistant on theme 1 (microscale), your main tasks are:

  • You perform immunohistochemical staining and lightsheet microscopy;
  • You develop image analysis methods and perform data analyses;
  • You contribute ideas about combining the data on different scales;
  • You participate in working group discussions and present the results of your research.

As a research assistant on theme 2 (macroscale), your main tasks are:

  • You analyze MRI and MEG data, including pipeline development, quality checking, removing artifacts and creating a brain network for each modality;
  • You perform graph theoretical (connectome) analyses;
  • You contribute ideas about combining the data on different scales;
  • You participate in working group discussions and present the results of your research.

Your profile

For our project, we are looking for two enthusiastic research assistants with excellent communication and organizational skills. You do not only use these skills in contact with your colleagues within the department, but also in close collaboration with colleagues from other departments such as neurology, pathology and radiology. You are a teamplayer and thrive when interacting with others. At the same time, you have good oral and written skills in English. You work accurately and are able to work independently and are proactive.

In addition, you meet the following requirements (theme 1):

  • You have completed a relevant Master’s degree (preferably neuroscience, biomedical sciences, neuropsychology or related);
  • You have demonstrable experience and affinity with immunohistochemical staining methods and/or lightsheet microscopy;
  • You have demonstrable experience and affinity with image analysis methods (for example ImageJ and/or Qupath);
  • Some experience with programming or writing scripts is an advantage;
  • Experience with or interest in MRI image analysis is an advantage;

In addition, you meet the following requirements (theme 2):

  • You have completed a relevant Master’s degree (preferably neuroscience, biomedical sciences, neuropsychology or related);
  • You have demonstrable experience and affinity with imaging techniques, namely MRI or MEG or both;
  • You have demonstrable experience and affinity with programming or writing scripts;
  • Experience or interest in microscopic analysis is an advantage.

Your work environment

You will be working at the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience of Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc. Within the Multiscale Network Neuroscience (MULTINET) team, we aim to apply network theory to multiple scales of brain research, in order to better understand and treat brain disorders in the future. Our versatile team consists of neuropsychologists, doctors, neuroscientists, and physicists, with everyone looking at the brain network from a different perspective. You will also work together with the other research assistant we are looking for.

Working in Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc means working in an inspiring and professional environment where the development of talents and skills is strongly encouraged. We therefore offer you many opportunities for personal development, deepening and broadening, additional courses and a place to grow.

We offer

Salary Scale 7: 2422 tot 3280 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 8.0% holiday pay.
  • Free and unlimited access to the training programme offered on our online learning environment GoodHabitz.
  • Pension is accrued at the ABP. VUmc contributes a large part of the premium (70%).
  • We have a very active staff association, Young Amsterdam UMC and both of them organize various (sports) activities and events throughout the year.
  • In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, we reimburse 75% of your OV travel costs (commuting costs).

Amsterdam UMC has an open culture. This means that we hope that everyone feels welcome in our organization and that we strive to offer equal opportunities to everyone. We therefore cordially invite all interested parties to respond to this vacancy.

For more information about our employment conditions, please visit our website.

For Dutch citizens it is mandatory to provide a VOG (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag). Foreign citizens need to provide comparable police clearing certificates.

Additional information

The intended starting date is as soon as possible. Job interviews will be held in week 34-35. Applications through email will not be taken into account.

Information and application

Don’t hesitate to call us!
If you’re interested about this position, you can contact Linda Douw, associate professor, via telephone number 020-4448704.
If you need more information about the application procedure, contact Brend de Jong, corporate recruiter at 020 444 5635.

You can apply till 18 August 2021 by using the apply button.

Acquisition based on this vacancy is not appreciated.