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Assistant Professor “High throughput metabolic biosystems monitoring for personalized health and medicine research" Leid

20/07/2015
Join the innovative Analytical Biosciences team headed by Professor Thomas Hankemeier at the LACDR in which you can make a difference.  You will be part of the Systems Pharmacology Cluster at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) that combines cutting edge experimental facilities and know how in the area of metabolomics and organ-on-a-chip (headed by Professor Thomas Hankemeier) with world-leading expertise in Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic (PKPD) and Systems Pharmacology modeling (headed by Professor Piet van der Graaf). 

Specifications

LocationLeiden
Function types Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturersResearch, Development, Innovation
Scientific fields Natural SciencesHealth
Hours38.0 hours per week
Salary€ 3324 - € 5171
Education Doctorate
Job number 15-208
About employer Leiden University
Short link www.academictransfer.com/28597

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Job description

Project description

Join the innovative Analytical Biosciences team headed by Professor Thomas Hankemeier at the LACDR in which you can make a difference.  You will be part of the Systems Pharmacology Cluster at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) that combines cutting edge experimental facilities and know how in the area of metabolomics and organ-on-a-chip (headed by Professor Thomas Hankemeier) with world-leading expertise in Pharmacokinetic-Pharmacodynamic (PKPD) and Systems Pharmacology modeling (headed by Professor Piet van der Graaf). The focus of the Cluster is the development of novel experimental and computational tools and concepts for translational precision medicine, combining preclinical in vitro and in vivo experimental capabilities with very strong links to early clinical pharmacology studies at the Centre for Human Drug Research (CHDR) and patients at the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) and other leading academic hospitals.

Key responsibilities

We are looking for an outstanding candidate with a strong background in analytical chemistry, miniaturization, microfluidics and/or lab-on-a-chip technology. Your interest should be to develop novel methods to obtain metabolic read outs of patients and organ-on-a-chip systems in order to develop novel diagnosis strategies such as prediction of disease risk, identification of subgroups of diseases and prediction of treatment outcome. You will develop novel technologies if current technologies are not able to obtain the read outs you would like to get. These can be based on miniaturization, microfluidics, innovative sample preparation and/or mass spectrometry. In order to create and supervise a successful group it is important that you are able to motivate colleagues and are successful in attracting funding.

In a translational approach you will aim to use such methods and insights in a multidisciplinary team to identify novel treatment options, such as novel and better use of existing drugs, to develop novel drugs and to develop combination therapy. You will have access to exciting clinical and pre-clinical research in many on-going collaborations, and can work closely together with excellent researchers in the biomedical, pharmacological and computational modelling area. You will be member of a team that works on discovery-driven drug research and implementation of personalized drug treatment in the clinic. We expect you to develop your own innovative research line.

The emphasis of the position is on research, but it is our philosophy that our students get taught by our best researchers. It is therefore expected that every member of staff spend about 25% of their time on teaching duties. Evidence of teaching abilities and experience is essential for the position. 

Requirements

  • Ph.D. degree in a relevant area (analytical chemistry, miniaturization, microfluidics and/or lab-on-a-chip technology);
  • At least two years of experience at postdoctoral level, preferably abroad;
  • Strong publication track record;
  • Experience in microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip technology;
  • Experience in mass spectrometry is a pre;
  • Proven success in raising research funds;
  • Track record as energetic ‘out-of-the-box’ thinker;
  • Committed to and experienced in high-quality teaching with proven capacity to inspire bachelor and master students;
  • Preferably in possession of a University Teaching Qualification (in Dutch BKO), or willing to achieve that within two years;
  • Team player.

Conditions of employment

This track is dedicated to the development of talented researchers, and has a strong focus on coaching, training and evaluations. A special mentor program is offered with fellow Tenure Trackers in a peer group, in order to develop management and administrative competences.  Our tenure track consists a detailed agreement about conditions such as how to meet research and educational targets, awarded research facilities, evaluation moments etc. and is expected to lead to a promotion to a tenured position as associate professor.  

We offer a full-time, 6 year term position, with the possibility of renewal based on need, funding and performance. Salary range from € 3324,-to € 5171,- gross per month (pay scale 11 or 12), in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

An appointment with Leiden University includes a pension build-up and other benefits; these include an annual holiday premium of 8%, an end-of-year premium of 8.3% and a paid parental leave of 62,5%. It is possible to accumulate extra hours leave. Leiden University strongly believes that innovation requires a diverse organization and workforce. Women are strongly encouraged to apply. We take a positive view on working at home and we are flexible about the working hours. This Tenure Track position is fulltime but an appointment for 0.8 FTE is also possible. There are several excellent options for child day care in the near working area.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification (UTQ ). If the successful applicant does not already  possess this qualification or its equivalent, he/ she must be willing to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Organisation

Leiden University

Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.

Department

The Faculty of Science teaches more than 2,600 students in the context of 8 bachelor’s and 11 master’s programmes. Working at the Faculty of Science means being part of an exciting, dynamic scientific environment which sets high standards for its students, staff and support staff alike. The Faculty is known for its friendly and team-spirited atmosphere, which promotes mutual exchange of knowledge. For more information, see www.science.leidenuniv.nl .

LACDR is a leading institute dedicated to world-class research and education in drug discovery and development. Our aim is to advance the discovery of the medicines of the future through cutting-edge research and training of bio-pharmaceutical scientists. LACDR comprises a diverse and international team of 150 researchers and is ideally located at the Leiden Bio Science Park, the largest life science cluster in The Netherlands. We have advanced facilities for our research such as our Metabolomics Facility, the Cell Observatory and a small clean room.

Additional information

For more information on this position, please contact Prof. Thomas Hankemeier, e-mail: hankemeier@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl,  phone: +31-71-527 4220 or the Scientific Director of the LACDR Prof. Piet Hein van der Graaf, e-mail: wd@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl, phone: +31-71-527 4341.

If you want to know more about our institute please go to: lacdr.nl/. At www.science.leidenuniv.nl/index.php/english/hr/tenuretrack you can read more about our Tenure Track.

If you want to know more about our faculty and our working environment please go to : www.science.leidenuniv.nl/index.php/english/about_the_faculty or www.science.leidenuniv.nl/index.php/english/diversity-and-inclusiveness .

More information on working at the University can be found on: www.vacancies.leiden.edu/ .  

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