Cardiovascular disease accounts for 31% of all global deaths.
Over the past decades, effective treatment to reduce plasma cholesterol (driving this disease) has been developed but at the same time the worldwide pandemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes has increased the complexity of treating patients at increased risk of cardiovascular disease who also suffer from e.g. insulin resistance, increased risk of fatty liver disease, and cancer.
Promising candidate genes will be studied further to increase our fundamental (mechanistic) understanding of lipoprotein biology, autophagy and lipophagy. This project will be driven by the need to increase our molecular understanding of human cardiometabolic disease.
– Job duration: 1 year with possible extension for 1 more year.
– The position is full time, but part-time at 0.8 fte can be considered.
– Preferred starting data: between Jan 1st and March 1st, 2021.
Your salary will be a maximum of € 4.615,- gross per month (scale 10), depending on your qualifications and relevant experience, based on a full-time appointment
For this project, we need a skilled post-doctoral molecular and cellular biologist. The effort requires molecular biology skills such as generating plasmids and virus batches to target genes in the liver of Alb-Cas9 mice. It will also involve logistical skills to conduct large-scale mouse studies that need to be characterized shortly after transduction. The project will entail basic characterization of plasma and liver lipids at baseline and sacrifice, liver histology etc. When promising candidate genes are identified, the post-doc will lead in-depth investigations in the molecular mechanisms that underly the observed phenotypes. This may e.g. entail mRNA seq analysis, immunofluorescence and electron microscopy, pulse-chase experience. The postdoc will work with a dedicated team of technicians as well as PhD students which will require good communication skills. Candidates with a drive to understand molecular mechanism and a priori knowledge of lipid metabolism are very welcome to apply for this position.
Netherlands › Groningen
14 January 2021