UMC Utrecht

PhD student

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The project aims to reveal the molecular heterogeneity in the reward system of the adult mouse brain in health and disease at a single cell level. This will be studied by using a combination of single cell RNA sequencing and other ‘omics’ techniques, molecular biology and computational tools.


The Department of Translational Neuroscience is the fundamental research 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, its multidisciplinary character and strong embedding within Utrecht Science Park. The Department’s toolkit includes lightsheet microscopy, optogenetics, electrophysiology, and iPSC lab, an own animal facility, viral vector generation and more.


We seek an outstanding and motivated PhD candidate with a master degree who will work on a multidisciplinary project. Training in molecular (neuro-) biology and/or computational skills (e.g. python/R) are essential. Knowledge in single cell sequencing (e.g. scRNAseq or other omics techniques), epigenetics, neuroscience or cell isolation from mouse tissue is highly appreciated. It is essential that the applicant can act independently and is conceptually strong, while is also interested in working in a unique multidisciplinary team with researchers from several institutes. The results of this project will be presented in a PhD thesis.

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).


The expected date of start is between March and June 2020. The monthly gross salary of the selected candidate will be according to the UMCU salary scales, the terms of employment will be in accordance with the CAO hospitals.

More information

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Mr.Onur Basak, Assistent Professor, phone number: 088 - 75 61234, e?‘mail adress:

Acquisition based on this jobopening is not appreciated.


Scholing: University


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