PhD Student Immunology Utrecht University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Netherlands

PhD Student Immunology


Job description

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate that will be involved in a collaborative project with the UMCU the FVM.


The project focuses on the therapeutic potential of tolDC as novel cellular therapy in rheumatoid arthritis. goal is to answer the critical question: are tolDC safe and are they capable of inducing antigen specific regulatory T humans to such extent that therapeutic tolerance can be expected in rheumatoid arthritis? Therefore, development immunomonitoring assays for the detection of antigen specific T cells is essential. Such assays can be used as response predictors, and therefore be important in the process of patient selection for this treatment and measuring responses treatment in patients after treatment. The PhD candidate will work on underpinning basic research projects, targeted the delivery of peptides to in vivo residing tolDCs with the use of innovative nanoparticle delivery systems and the fundamental aspects of tolerance induction and maintenance during health and inflammation.


You have a master degree in life sciences, biomedical sciences or a related field. A clear interest in immunology and cellular interaction is an advantage. We are looking for a team player with excellent communication skills in English, who will take responsibility for his or research project. The PhD position will be initially for one year and after proper functioning will be extended by three additional years.


We offer a temporary position (1.0 FTE) for one year, with the perspective of prolongation with another 3 years. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between € 2.325 and € 2.972 (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) gross per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 % per year. We offer a pension scheme, (partly paid) parental leave, collective insurance schemes and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information is available at: working at Utrecht University.

About the organization
A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

Utrecht University has been ranked first nationally in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities, and 47th globally. The city of Utrecht is one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, with a charming old centre and an internationally oriented culture that is strongly influenced by its century-old university. Utrecht has been consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the Netherlands.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has a unique position in the Netherlands. Not only is this the only institution where veterinarians are trained, researchers are also working together on innovative scientific research. In the coming years, the Faculty will focus on three themes: One Health, One Medicine and Veterinary Biomedicine. In addition, the Faculty provides specialist clinical care in the largest academic veterinary hospital in Europe. A focus on disease, health and well-being of animals and their environments underpins the Faculty's three main pillars: education, research, and veterinary health care. The Faculty counts 1,500 students and 900 employees.

Additional information
For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. F. Broere (associate professor), or 030-2531872
Prof. Dr. W. van Eden (associate professor), or 030-2534358

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