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Technician for the Wesseling research group

Your function within the department

The Netherlands Cancer Institute - Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital (NKI-AVL) is a Comprehensive Cancer Center. We are an independent organization where patient care and scientific research are closely linked. Research topics within the NKI cover all major areas of cancer research, with special emphasis on five themes: basic research, image-guided treatment, immune therapy, personalized medicine and survivorship.  Within the Wesseling research group we are currently looking for a technician.
Background of our research
Breast cancer is a heterogeneous disease ranging from being non-hazardous to life threatening. Accurate pathological and molecular analyses are key to make accurate predictions regarding prognosis and response to treatment. At the Wesseling-group, we aim to find, validate, and implement biomarkers to make more precise and personalized predictions regarding prognosis and response to treatment. We have two major research themes. First, we try to find biomarkers for neoadjuvant chemotherapy response. For this goal we have a unique collection of tissue biopsies, as well as extended clinical data available. A variety of molecular techniques is employed. Second, we aim to make the difference between aggressive and indolent ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a breast cancer precursor lesion. This project is carried out by integrating epidemiology, pathology and molecular analysis. We have a unique nation-wide DCIS cohort, from which we have a large collection of FFPE samples. The Wesseling research group currently exists of Jelle Wesseling (PI and pathologist), Esther Lips (staff scientist), a computational biology postdoc, 6 (physician)-PhD students, and three experienced research technicians. At present, we are seeking a fourth technician due to the expanding work load.

Your profile

a technician with excellent technical and organizational skills

We are seeking a highly committed and accurate technician with expertise in molecular biology and with excellent organizational skills. The work will encompass a spectrum of techniques, including participation in pathology revisions, (laser capture) microdissection, DNA/RNA isolations from tumor specimens. You will work with the other three technicians as a close team. Besides, you also collaborate with the other researchers in the group and pathologists involved in the projects; hence, good communicative skills are important, as is a team player mentality.

Your career opportunities and terms of employment

The Netherlands Cancer Institute accommodates approximately 650 scientists and scientific support personnel. Research discussions, lectures and seminars in English and a large number of Dutch and non-Dutch postdocs, students and staff members contribute to the stimulating, collaborative and international atmosphere of the Institute. We offer a diverse and inclusive workplace, a competitive salary and housing facilities in the vicinity of the Institute. The Institute is located close to the city center of Amsterdam, the international Schiphol airport and there are many facilities nearby, such as gyms, museums, schools, child care, shops, etc.

We offer a position for three years. The gross salary per month will be from € 2.144,- to € 3.490,- according to FWG 45-50, depending on education and previous experience. The terms of employment will be in accordance with the CAO Ziekenhuizen (Collective Labour Agreement for Hospitals).

For further information about the position, please contact Esther Lips.