Postdoc CarboBiotics

Working environment
CarboBiotics: prebiotics mitigating the antibiotics burden' is the second NWO-Carbohydrate Competence Centre (CCC) partnership program. It is equally financed by NWO and the three industrial partners FrieslandCampina, NuScience and AVEBE. The overall aim is to develop an efficient toolbox to study the effects of antibiotics and prebiotics on the stability and resilience of the microbial intestinal flora of humans andlivestock. Within this CarboBiotics-program 10 PhD students and postdoc will jointly work on 5 different research projects within this theme, with 5 knowledge institutes in The Netherlands involved. More information can be found on

Job description
For the project ?Towards versatile, antibiotic-specific carbohydrate-formulations for decreasing antibiotics-use and side-effects?at the UMCG we are seeking for an ambitious microbiologist or cell biologist. In this proposal specific resistant starches and galacto-oligosaccharides will be developed and tested for its support of microbiota after or during exposure to commonly used antibiotics. In vitro models closely mimicking the gastrointestinal tract will be used to follow effects of the carbohydrate combinations on microbiota and immune parameters and epithelial barrier function.

You will be working within the department of Pathology and Medical Biology of the UMCG and will closely collaborate with a student at biobased chemistry and technology at Wageningen University. You will fulfill a central role in performance of biomedical research and associated analysis. You should have affinity with complex cell-cultures, microbiota research and immunology.

What do we need
  • Postdoc with a PhD in microbiology or biomedical sciences or equivalent (or almost finished).
  • You can work independently but you are also a team player.
  • You are motivated, assertive and pro-active.
  • You have excellent organizational, communication and interaction skills.
  • You have good project- and time management skills.
  • English language in spoken and written word is mandatory.
The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.

In case of specific professions a ?Certificate of Good Behaviour? is required.

What do we offer
Employment basis: 4 years for 0.8 fte but can be extended to 1.0 fte if desired. We offer a temporary appointment for one year with the perspective of a prolongation for another 3 years (4 years total).
Your salary will be a maximum of € 4.361,- gross per month (scale 10), depending on your qualifications and relevant experience, based on a full-time appointment. In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The terms of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centers (CAO-UMC).

More information
For more information about this vacancy you may contact:
Prof. dr. Paul de Vos, tel. no. +31 50 361 8043, (please do not use for applications)

Applying for a job
Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed.
You can apply until November 11nd, 2018
Immediately after sending the digital application form with 2 references and your CV, you will receive an email- confirmation with further information

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