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PhD Zoonotic potential of porcine pathogen Streptococcus suis

What you are going to do

Zoonotic infections are emerging and re-emerging worldwide. The Departments of Global Health-Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) and Medical Microbiology of the Amsterdam University Medical Centers (AUMC) closely collaborate in a research program on the zoonotic potential of Streptococcus suis, a porcine bacterial pathogen which can cause severe invasive infections in humans. This position is embedded in the CANVAS (Conserved cell wall polysaccharides as novel vaccine targets) project, which aims to study the potential for broadly protective glycoconjugate vaccines targeting major animal and zoonotic Gram-positive pathogens, in particular Streptococcus suis and Staphylococcus aureus. CANVAS is a Netherlands Center for One Health collaboration with researchers at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Utrecht and Intervet International BV.

What we expect from you

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative candidate with a recent MSc degree in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine or a related field in the life sciences, who has a keen interest in global health and infectious diseases. Experience in molecular biology or microbiology is essential. Experience with mammalian cell lines or organoids and/or a demonstrable affinity with bioinformatics is an advantage. The applicant is able to work in a team and to work independently in analyzing and interpreting data. Good communication skills and proficiency in English, and the ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment are essential.

Main duties/responsibilities

  • To initiate and perform laboratory based studies related to the subjects mentioned above, in collaboration with other researchers in the consortium.
  • To supervise biomedical research students who may join the research program.
  • To write and publish manuscripts related to the research.
Where you are going to work

The Amsterdam UMC, location AMC, houses the university hospital and the medical faculty of the University of Amsterdam, as well as several research institutes. Infectious Diseases represents one of the major areas of clinical, applied and basic research, integrated at the Amsterdam infection and Immunity Institute (AI&II). The Department of Medical Microbiology is responsible for clinical diagnostics and infectious disease consultations, (bio)medical education and training, and research and development across the full range of disciplines in medical microbiology, including bacteriology, virology and parasitology. The department is also responsible for the clinical supervision of the microbiology laboratory of the Amsterdam Public Health Service (GGD), responsible for primary care and public health microbiology inAmsterdam. The Department of Global Health is one of the founding partners of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD). The work of the Department within AIGHD takes a problem-oriented approach and transcends the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines to provide sustainable solutions in the field of Global Health. AIGHD stands for a collaboration among biomedical researchers from the Amsterdam UMC (AMC), social scientists and economists from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and from the VU University Amsterdam (VU). AIGHD links expertise, resources and programs from institutions that are involved in health-related research, education and capacity building.

What we offer you

We offer you ample opportunity for development, deepening and broadening, additional training and a place to grow! Working at AMR means working in an inspiring and professional environment where development is encouraged in every respect. We offer an exciting and challenging project within an international academic setting of high standard. You will operate in a multidisciplinary team of medical and veterinary microbiologists. As a student in the AMC Graduate School you will also have access to further training and development

  • The maximum gross monthly salary based on a 36-hour work week is € 3.103 (scale 21 CAO UMC). For a doctor the maximum gross monthly salary based on a 36-hour work week is € 4.481,- (scale 10 CAO UMC).
  • The base salary does not include holiday pay (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%).
  • We offer a contract for 48 months.
  • In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, AMC also has a sufficient number of parking spaces for employees.
  • Pension is accrued at Be Frank.

For an overview of all our other terms of employment, see

Let’s meet

If you would like to apply directly, please use the ‘apply’ button on this page.
If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Constance Schultsz (Clinical microbiologist), via or contact Kees van der Ark (Wetenschappelijk Onderzoeker), via

We look forward to meeting you!

Because of the coronavirus, healthcare is our main focus now in Amsterdam UMC. This means that it will probably take longer before we give you feedback on your application, or schedule job interviews. Thank you for your understanding!

Uren per week: 36 hours per week