Technician Neurotoxicology (0.8 FTE)
Updated: 26 Oct 2021
At the Toxicology Division we aim to improve the scientific basis of chemical risk assessment through fundamental and applied innovative research and teaching in mechanistic toxicology and exposure assessment. We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative technician to achieve these goals and strengthen our Toxicology Division.
You will be working in the Neurotoxicology Research Group. This research group is focused on investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of action of toxic substances on the (developing) nervous system using in vitro approaches. You will support (PhD) students and Researchers working on various projects, that all aim to investigate the potential adverse effects of diverse environmental chemicals on neuronal function and brain health in vitro.
You will culture and improve various in vitro models (cell lines, primary cultures, induced pluripotent stem cells) to elucidate if environmental chemicals can reach the brain and can ultimately affect neuronal development, function and viability. To do so, you will use various techniques, ranging from biochemical assays to immunohistochemistry, cellular imaging (fluorescence microscopy) and microelectrode array (MEA) recordings. In addition, part of your work will focus on repair and maintenance of laboratory equipment as well as developing (software) improvements for data analysis.
Candidates should have a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc)/HLO degree (or equivalent) in the field of life and/or biomedical sciences, with a strong interest in cellular (neuro)toxicology and data-analysis. The candidate should have good verbal and written communication skills. Experience with (neuronal) cell culture techniques, cellular imaging techniques, and/or affinity with software, data analyses, statistics and repair/maintenance of laboratory equipment is considered a plus.
We offer a temporary position (0.8 FTE), initially for a period of one year. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €2,310 and €3,606 (scale 7/8 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including collective insurance schemes, an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.
28 - 32 hours per week