Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Are you interested in life sciences and want to gain working experience in a research lab? We (Functional Genomics Department of the VU) are looking for a part-time student assistant to help us with gathering and analyzing microscopy data in live neurons for a project in which we are testing new treatments for brain disorders. Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.2 - 0,4 Job description As a student assistant you will be closely working with our scientists and you will be assisting in their research activities. These will include hands-on data acquisition, by performing live microscopy measurements to neuronal communication, standardized analysis, and data mining to generate new hypothesis. We are looking for someone with an affinity for microscopy work, who is available at least 1 full day a week (0.2 – 0.4 FTE) for 6-12 months. You will receive all required training to advanced microscopy work, and the opportunity to work in a research environment and help find new treatments for brain disorders.

Your duties
  • assisting in data collection (microscopy work)
  • assisting in data analysis, processing and reporting
  • coordinating and planning your work together with the team
  • student in life sciences, or similar, bachelor or master track
  • affinity for microscopy work, cell culture and/or complex data analysis
  • some experience with wet-lab work
  • ability to work independently
  • strong oral and written communication skills in English
What are we offering? A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,310 (SA)
and a maximum €2,502 (SA), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.2 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 6 -12 months.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge
About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.

About the Functional Genomics Department
At the functional genomics department of the VU (https://fga.cncr.nl/) we want to understand how our brain works and treat brain disorders as epilepsy or neurodevelopmental disorders. Together with the pharmaceutical industry we are testing new treatments, and you would be assisting in these collaborating projects.

Application Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until December 20, 2021. The job interviews are planned for January.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Claudia Persoon
Position: Project leader
E-mail: claudia.persoon@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 (0) 20 598 2811 / +31 20 59 84464

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Associate / Bachelor

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Fulltime - Parttime