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Vacancy number: 2020/0410
Apply to: August 3 2020
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 behaviours that are relevant to mental disorders including eating disorders as anorexia nervosa, binge eating and obesity. You will work on a Zwaartekracht sponsored project (Brainscapes) aimed at identifying cells underlying reward processing in brain disease. In this project the aims are to identify and target neurons that are enriched in genetic signals associated with eating disorders. To this end you will utilize a combination of experimental techniques, ranging from identifying the cells by immunohistochemistry and scRNAseq using mTRAP2 mice, to targeting these neurons for chemogenetic control. The PhD student 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 scRNAseq, 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 MSc degree and expertise in mouse behavioural analysis and molecular biology. It is important that the candidate can demonstrate affinity for the study of neural circuits and/or neurobioinformatics. The candidate needs to be interested in working with mice, and preferably 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. For additional information, please contact Prof dr Roger Adan (r.a.h.adan@umcutrecht.nl)

The maximum salary for this position (100%) is € 3.103,00 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 and career opportunities. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Cao University Medical Centers (UMC).


Given the developments surrounding the COVID-19 virus and the efforts that this requires from UMC Utrecht, it may take a little longer before you receive a response to your application. It is also possible that our job interviews do not take place at UMC Utrecht, but that we conduct them online. We apologize for this and thank you for your understanding

More information

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Mr.Prof. Dr. Roger Adan, professor, phone number: 088-7568517, e‑mail adress: R.A.H.Adan@Umcutrecht.nl.

Acquisition based on this jobopening is not appreciated.

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