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Technician - mRNA translation in cancer immunology

Function description

The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) in Amsterdam is a Comprehensive Cancer Centre combining a hospital and research laboratories in a single independent organization. The research group of Reuven Agami at the division of Oncogenomics is interested in identifying new cellular vulnerabilities that can be exploited for cancer therapies. Using innovative genomic and functional genetic strategies in combination with biochemical and bioinformatics approaches, they aim to better understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms of potential novel cancer therapies.

In recent years the Agami lab studied amino acid shortages and their impact on mRNA translation in cancer mainly using Ribosome Profiling and CRISPR-screens (Loayza-Puch et al., Nature 2016; Slobodin et al., Cell 2017; Sun et al., EMBO 2020). This research line has revealed a surprising impact of amino acid shortages on proteins' quality. The group showed that prolonged amino acid deprivation leads to oncogene-dependent production of defective proteins by ribosomal frameshifting (Bartok et al., Nature 2021; Champagne et al., Mol. Cell 2021; Pataskar Nature 2022). These defective proteins can be processed and presented at the cell surface of cancer cells and be recognized by immune cells. Current work aims at unraveling the mechanisms that connect this phenomenon with cancer, setting up functional genetic screens to identify underlying mechanisms, and developing in vitro and in vivo tools to explore how this phenomenon can be utilized for cancer immunotherapy.

The successful candidate will assist an ongoing research line in the lab to establish the link between defective protein production and cancer. He/she will be involved in functional genetic screenings, cell culture and biochemical experiments to utilize this knowledge for cancer therapy. The successful applicant will work together with PhD and Postdoc members of the Agami lab and will assist in routine organization tasks of the lab.

Job requirements

The Agami lab seeks to recruit an ambitious technician with a solid background in molecular biology, and a strong commitment to science. General knowledge in cancer biology and functional genetics with RNAi and/or CRISPR tools are an advantage. We expect the candidate to be highly self-motivated and able to work in a team.


You will join an international research team in a stimulating and interactive research environment. The gross salary per month can range from € 2.554,- to € 3.468,- (salary scale FWG 45 according to the Collective Labour Agreement General Hospitals based on proven qualifications). You will be employed for a period of 1 year, with a possibility of extension of 3 more years. The terms of employment will be in accordance with the CAO Hospitals.

For further information and addresses visit our websites (; or contact Reuven Agami, Applications can be submitted via the portal ( and should include your CV, a motivation letter and the contact information of your references. 

The NKI values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive work environment that stimulates the best in each individual. Applications of all individuals are welcomed regardless of age, ancestry, religion, disability, distance from the labor market, sexual orientation or gender identity.


  • Hours per week: 36
  • Salary level: FWG 45
Nastassja  Drenthe

Nastassja Drenthe

Reuven  Agami

Reuven Agami

Group leader

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