Careers at UMC Utrecht
Vacancy number: 2018/0713
Apply to: October 29 2018
Education: University
Employment: Temporary position
Full-time/Part-time percentage: 100%

The 4-year program will be jointly carried out by research groups from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Utrecht University (UU) and UMC Utrecht with a newly appointed researcher in each of the institutions. As part of the program you will investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the antitumoral activity of plasmas with a special focus on the specificity for cancer versus normal cells In close collaboration with your co-workers from TU/e, UU and UMC Utrecht, you will investigate how the antitumoral properties of plasmas can be modulated and you will search for conditions at which plasmas effectively kill cancer cells without harming normal cells. We offer a full-time position for four years, with assessments after the first and the third year, in an international working environment. The salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - between € 3,545 and € 5,513 (scales 10/11/12 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end allowance of 8.3% per year.


The strategic Alliance between Eindhoven University of Technology, Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht has awarded a grant for a 4-year multidisciplinary research program in the field of plasma medicine. This involves the generation and application of non-thermal plasmas to deliver a ‘cocktail’ of reactive chemical species, electric charges, electric fields and UV radiation to the target of interest. The research team will combine expertise in physics, chemistry, cell biology and medicine to gain an in-depth understanding of non-thermal plasmas and how they affect cells and tissue. The final aim is to develop and improve applications of non-thermal plasmas to combat multidrug-resistant bacterial infections and cancer.


You are enthusiastic, proactive, and very open to interdisciplinary research, as this is the basis for the program. We expect you to gain a good working knowledge of the approaches used by your colleagues in the field of plasma physics and microbiology. You will develop your own research lines and apply for funding. You have an affinity with teaching and will be involved in setting up joint teaching modules within the three institutes. You have a PhD in biomedical sciences, (bio)chemistry, and/or cell biology, and expertise in one or more of the following areas: in vitro toxicity studies, oxidative processes in cells, plasma chemistry, 3D cultures and organoids, in vivo models of cancer. Other relevant factors for your application will be your publication track record, teaching record, and acquired research funds. These will be weighed against the number of years of academic experience, thereby taking into account parental leave. In order to obtain gender balance, we strongly encourage women to apply.

The maximum salary for this position (100%) is € 4.216,00 gross per month based on full-time employment (work week 36 hours). This job is based on a temporary position for 4 years.

In addition, we offer an annual benefit of 8.3%, holiday allowance, travel expenses, career opportunities and personal budget. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Cao University Medical Centers (UMC).

More information

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact dr. Paul van Diest, Head department Patholoy via phone +31 (0)88 75 565 65 or email

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