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Post-doc position Immunopharmacology at the University of Utrecht (0,8-1,0 fte)

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Job description:

The division of Pharmacology has a vacancy for a Postdoc position within the NWO-funded project  ‘Maternal immune activation during pregnancy – a dietary intervention  to restore immune fitness in the offspring’ (

The postdoc will work on this project together with two graduate students. The project is performed in close collaboration with the project partners at UMC Groningen (dr T. Plösch) and Nutricia Research (Mrs. dr M. Tiemessen).

During this project the Postdoc will

  1. Write a CCD application and optimize a model for maternal immune activation.
  2. Test the hypothesis that a dietary intervention can protect against maternal immune activation-induced changes in immune fitness in the offspring.
  3. Study mechanisms involved in maternal infection on immune fitness in early life.
  4. Report results in one or two original research papers.


We are looking for a candidate with a PhD degree in Pharmacology, Biology or Medicine, with a focus on Immunology.

The candidate should have a demonstrated strong interest in inter-disciplinary research, and a good publication record. Hands-on experience in experimental animal work is a prerequisite. Experience with immunological techniques is a valuable asset. The candidate should have the ambition and creativity to organize and perform complex in vivo studies and have the ability to quickly learn new techniques.

Since the candidate will work at the intersection of several research domains in different research groups, and together with two graduate students, (s)he should be a pro-active team player and have excellent social and communication skills. In addition, good English writing skills are required.  

Conditions of employment: 

The candidate is offered a 0,8-1,0 position for 3 years.

The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition, we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project.

More information is available on the website:


The gross salary is in the range between € 3.044,- and maximum € 3.425,- per month.

Additional Information:

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Mrs. Dr. L Groenink: l.groenink(at)

Sending your applications:

To apply please attach a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and (email) addresses of two referees.

Contribution of IgE to mast cell activation

Recent PhDs interested in mast cell research focusing on the role of IgE clones in activation can apply for a 2 year Marie Curie postdoc in Hans Jürgen Hoffmanns lab in Aarhus, Denmark. Aarhus University will hold a Marie Curie Masterclass in May 2018.

The deadline for submitting applications is 1 March 2018.

More information about the masterclass and the application form is here: Marie Curie Fellowships

PhD studentship with focus on human basophil signalling in relation to severity of allergic responses.

Available in the lab of Dr. Bernhard F. Gibbs at the University of Kent (in collaboration with Imperial College London).

Please follow the link below:

Application closing date end March 2016 for potential October start (3 year funded studentship for EU/UK students)

Applicants for a PhD-position

For CharitéCentrum12 for Internal Medicine and Dermatology, Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology on Campus Charité Mitte (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marcus Maurer) we are looking for

Applicants for a PhD-position

(Job code: DM.135.16)

The research project „ Identification and characterization of mechanisms and relevance of inflammasome activation in mast cells”

In this project we want to investigate the relevance of inflammasome activation in mast cells during UV-induced inflammation. Mast cells are traditionally seen as man effector cells during allergic reactions, however they are becoming more recognized as key contributors in innate immune responses as well. The can be activated by various danger and damage associated molecules trough pattern recognition receptors such as Toll like receptors, Rig-like receptors and Nod-like receptors. Inflammasomes are an important class of these receptors and they drive inflammatory reactions via the Interleukin 1 beta (IL-1ß). Evidence from our lab and the literature indicate that mast cells express functional inflammasomes and which contribute to lesions in patients with autoinflammatory conditions. Here we want to explore the importance of MC inflammasome activation using an experimental model of UV-induced inflammation.


  • MSc degree (or equivalent diploma) in a field related to immunology/cell biology/biochemistry, degree in veterinary medicine possible
  • Experience in cell biology, preferably within the field of mast cells, as well as experience with animal research methods are desirable
  • Interest in working with in vivo-models (in regards to dermatological, allergological, and immunological aspects)
  • Excellent English skills (oral and written)
  • Highly motivated, flexible, very well organized, team player
  • General enthusiasm for immunology and basic research

The tariff classification will be done according to the personal conditions with salary group 13 (65 %) of the tariff TV-Charité, limited to the end of the project on 31.08.2019.

The Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin meets the personnel decisions on the suitability, competence and professional performance. When equally qualified, we prefer people with severe disabilities. In addition, we aim to increase the proportion of women among academic staff and encourage women to apply. When equally qualified women will be given priority in the context of legal options. Applications from people with immigrant backgrounds who meet the recruitment requirements are welcome. Should any difficulties in the interpretation occur, the German version of this job offer shall be binding.

Please send us your full CV including 2 to 3 references, a description of your research interest as well as copies of your diplomas and other degress. Please send these documents preferably in one PDF document. Please use the job code DM.135.16. Please send the documents to the following address until 23.10.2016:

Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Klinik für Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie,
Campus Charité Mitte, Herrn Prof. Dr. M. Maurer, Charitéplatz 1, 10117 Berlin.
E-Mail: bewerbung-dealsz(at)

Application documents will only be send back with a sufficient stamped return envelope. Travel costs for interviews cannot be paid.

Two Studentships with focus on mast cells and their role in immunity

Available in the lab of Professor Silvia Bulfone-Paus at the University of Manchester.

Please follow the links below:

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