Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) opens for the following job opportunity:
RESEARCH TECHNICIAN IMMUNO-ENGINEERING
- 0,8 – 1,0 FTE
- job # V50.3493
Eindhoven University of Technology
The TU/e is a University of Technology with a focus on Health, Energy and Mobility. Within the Health area, several departments cooperate on topics such as Chemical Biology, Regenerative Medicine, Computational Biology, and Biosensing, with close links to healthcare and industry. The TU/e is an open and inclusive university with short communication lines. The people are curious, collaborative, and strive for excellence. TU/e enables its academic staff to develop research and education at an internationally renowned level. Our lively campus community facilitates connections between staff and students, in an open, friendly, vibrant atmosphere that welcomes and inspires.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) offers a research driven BME Bachelor program and Masters Biomedical Engineering, Medical Sciences and Technology and Medical Engineering in its Graduate Program. Research areas range from Molecular Bioengineering and Imaging, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering to Biomedical Imaging and Modelling. The department has more than 1100 students and up to 200 tenured and non-tenured employees.
About the BME laboratories
At the department all laboratories are shared by researchers throughout the department, facilitating cross-breeding of ideas and resulting in state-of-the-art laboratories filled with advanced equipment. In all laboratories research as well as education take place alongside, following the master-apprentice approach of education within the TU/e. Next to intradepartmental cross-overs, the research in our laboratories extend beyond the borders of our department and even the university in to long-term collaborations and consortia, and in (inter)nationally funded research programs.
About the group
The ImmunoEngineering group is a new and ambitious group at the TU/e that strives to make an impact on healthcare by an improved understanding on immune cell function and communication. The group is embedded in the department of BME and Institute of Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) and has access to state-of-the-art technologies and excellent infrastructure. The lab work is executed in independent shared laboratories, e.g. large ML-II cell lab, Microfabrication lab & the soon to come single cell technology lab, for the domains of Tissue- & ImmunoEngineering, Chemical Biology, Sensing, Imaging and Biomechanics, and cross-overs of these.
We have position for a research technician in the new and exciting field of ImmunoEngineering within the department of Biomedical Engineering (BME). Successful immunotherapy against cancer, infectious or immune-based diseases is the result of a multitude of cellular interactions within the immune system. It is highly exciting how vaccination with small numbers of human plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) can induce anti-tumour immunity in metastatic cancer patients. Remarkably, how pDCs, as an extremely rare subset of cells, can act as Swiss army knives to regulate the tight balance between tolerance and immunity: i.e. secrete massive amounts of type I interferons, prime T cells and exert cytotoxic effector functions, is still elusive. Do pDCs possess all functions or comprises the population distinct functional subsets all with their specialized roles. Decoding these cell-pathogen or cell-cell interactions is expected to revolutionise the fields of immunology, biology and (cellular) immunotherapy. The Immunoengineering group focuses on developing and exploiting advances in single cell technologies, e.g. flow cytometry, droplet- and valve-based microfluidics, microscopy, single cell RNA sequencing to probe heterogeneity in immune cell populations and to study cellular communication on the single or few cell level in health and disease.
We are now extending our facilities and to accommodate the research and education needs, we seek a colleague who can join the ImmunoEngineering group and also adds to the technical team (consisting of 7 people) that supports all research in the shared Laboratory for Cell and Tissue Engineering in which much of the research will be performed. This person who will join our technical team supports not only by primarily doing hands-on for the ImmunoEngineering research, but also functions as a trouble-shooter incl. advising and giving instructions for (international) researchers and students working in the laboratory. Because our laboratory accommodates research of all the groups at the BME department, the candidate is expected to possess excellent communication skills and experience which enable him/her to work at different levels of knowledge effectively.
Your tasks as Research technician are:
- Supporting the work of the researchers in the ImmunoEngineering group by giving technical advice and helping them in setting up their experimentation in the laboratory
- Executing research projects together with PhD students and Postdocs in the ImmunoEngineering group
- Support the education needs of the bachelor and master students during their final projects in the laboratory
- Contributing to high-level research by giving presentation/demonstration on the state-of-the-art of laboratory techniques to colleagues and/or users of the laboratory
- Conducting general laboratory maintenance tasks
We ask for:
- An enthusiastic HLO/MSc preferably with 3 years work experience in Immunology, Cell Biology, and/or Biomedical Sciences
- Hands-on mentality and performance
- Experience with standard cell/molecular biological techniques such as (primary) cell culture, cell isolation techniques, buffy coats, ELISA and flow cytometry
- Experience or affinity with biomedical research with microfluidics or single cell analysis would be highly valuable
- Experience with developing and writing protocols for laboratory techniques
- Someone with a flexible attitude, independent, and accurate
- Good in time management
- Good Dutch and English communication and presentation skills
We offer you:
- An exciting job in the new ambitious research group of ImmunoEngineering.
- A job (0,8 – 1,0 FTE) for a period of a year with a possibility for extension at proven competence.
- Depending on relevant experience the gross salary will be minimum € 1.942,= and maximum € 2.975,= per month (scale 6 or 7 CAO-NU) in line with the Collective Agreement for Dutch Universities.
- An attractive package of fringe benefits, including excellent work facilities, partially paid parental leave, commuting expenses, pension scheme, extra holiday allowance 8% in May, end-of-year bonus of 8.3% in December and excellent sports facilities.
- Depending on resume and work experience a contract via Euflex (the TU/e secondment organization) can be considered.
- Information about the Biomedical Engineering department at TU/e see: https://www.tue.nl/en/university/departments/biomedical-engineering/
- Information about ImmunoEngineering see: https://www.tue.nl/en/research/researchers/jurjen-tel/
- Questions regarding the content of the position can be directed to dr. Jurjen Tel, Assistant Professor ImmunoEngineering (e- mail: J.Tel@tue.nl)
- Information about the employment conditions at TU/e see: https://www.tue.nl/en/university/working-at-tue/working-conditions/
- Other information can be obtained from the HR department, e-mail: HRServices.Gemini@tue.nl
- Your application should be addressed to Dr. Jurjen Tel. Applications must include all of the following:
- One-page personal motivation letter
- CV including the names and contact details of two recent references
- If you are interested in this position, and would like to apply, please send us your application by using the ‘apply now’ button on the TU/e website with the below link.
Screening of applicants will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled.
Please keep in mind: you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each.
Acquisition regarding this vacancy is not appreciated. Applications can only be made directly via the TU/e website (https://jobs.tue.nl); applications that are made via other websites will not be considered.
Keywords: Vacancy, Research, Research Technician, Immunologie, Biomedisch, Celbiologie, Laboratoriumonderzoek, Laboratoriumtechniek, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant.