Research Technician: Treatment of radiation-induced side effects cell therapy




The University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) offer an excellent working environment for high quality biomedical research. The research technician will be appointed at the Department of Radiation Oncology at the UMCG, while working within the section of Molecular Cell Biology at the Department of Biomedical Sciences of Cells and Systems. This full-time (0.8-1.0 FTE) research technician position is headed by prof. dr. Rob Coppes in a multidisciplinary project with dr. Sarah Pringle and prof. dr. Marco Demaria. The group of Prof. dr. Rob Coppes focusses on investigating side effects of radiation therapy, with a particular focus on stem cells and the use of patient-derived organoids for tissue regeneration to treat radiation-induced side-effects.


Radiotherapy is an essential part of the treatment of head and neck cancer patients. However, many patients suffer from hyposalivation and related xerostomia after the treatment. In this project we want to develop a cell therapy approach to ameliorate radiation-induced xerostomia. The technician will be required to work in close collaboration with a post-doc on the project, and will carry out a range of tasks involving in vitro culturing and analysing (radiation) responses of adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells, pluripotent stem cells and salivary gland organoids. Different techniques such as tissue (co-)culture techniques, RNA sequencing, gene-editing techniques, western blotting and immunohistochemistry are needed for this.

This position is funded by the Dutch Cancer Society, KWF Grant nr12458.

Wat vragen wij

We are looking for an excellent, highly motivated research technician with an HLO degree or related with experience in tissue culture and molecular cell biology techniques. Additional experience in bioinformatics would be favourable.

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.

In case of specific professions a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ is required.

Wat bieden wij

The duration of the project is 30 months (28,8 - 36 hours a week). Your salary will be a maximum of € 3.280,- gross per month (scale 7), depending on your qualifications and relevant experience, based on a full-time appointment.
In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centres (CAO-UMC).

Meer informatie

Neem voor meer informatie contact op met:

prof. dr. Rob Coppes telefoonnummer +31 50 361 6124


Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed. You can apply until 2 January 2022. Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information. The application form requires: - A short motivation letter; please include why you are interested in this position. - A copy of your CV. - The names and contact information of two references.

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