Careers at UMC Utrecht
Vacancy number: 2019/0913
Apply to: December 10 2019
Education: University
Employment: Temporary position
Full-time/Part-time percentage: 100%

You will work on your own project, supported by technicians and surrounded by a team of PhD students and postdocs that work with similar and other technologies aimed at dissecting the role of specific populations of neurons in guiding behaviors that are relevant to mental disorders including eating disorders as anorexia nervosa, binge eating and obesity. You will work on an ENW sponsored project aimed at unravelling the role of leptin responsive neurons that are connected to the reward system. In this project the aims are to determine how these neurons respond in obese versus lean mice and whether targeting them with chemogenetics is a strategy to treat an eating disorder. To this end the postdoctoral fellow will utilize a combination of experimental techniques, ranging from the recording of activity from neurons in freely moving rodents, to stereotactic surgery of viral constructs, and behavioural paradigms. The postdoctoral fellow will be required to work in a team in a collaborative manner and help guide other members in the team. The candidate needs to be proficient in English.


The Department of Translational Neuroscience is the preclinical department of the Division Neuroscience of the University Medical Center Utrecht. The research mission of the Department of Translational Neuroscience is to discover and delineate mechanisms and processes which are fundamental to the development of neural systems and to the control of behavior, and to translate these to pathogenesis and disease models. The unique advantage of this department of Neuroscience is its embedding in the clinical environment of UMCU and its multidisciplinary character. The Department’s toolkit includes lightsheet microscopy, optogenetics, electrophysiology, and iPSC lab, an own animal facility, viral vector generation and more. The research group of Roger Adan studies the neural circuits involved in eating disorders with a focus on reward processing.


We are looking for a neurobiologist with a PhD degree and expertise in mouse behavioural analysis and or in recording neuronal activity (such as fiber photometry or electrophysiology). It is important that the candidate can demonstrate affinity for the study of neural circuits and/or neurophysiological measurements. The candidate needs to be interested in working with rodents, and would already have a license to work with animals (or should otherwise be motivated to obtain it). You have the ambition to develop yourself further as neuroscientist. We will encourage and support you in enrolling the Veni-Vidi scheme.

The maximum salary for this position (100%) is € 4.481,00 gross per month based on full-time employment (work week 36 hours). This job is based on a temporary position for three years.

In addition, we offer an annual benefit of 8.3%, holiday allowance, travel expenses and career opportunities. 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 Mr.Prof.Dr. R.A.H. Adan, hoogleraar, phone number: 088 756 8517, e‑mail adress:

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