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Not Available Anymore - ESR2 LC-MS and GC-MS based analysis of clinical material and animal samples. Characterisation of the cellular lipid metabolism of innate immune cells related with arthritis. NMR based flux analysis (LUMC)

We are looking for a PhD-student who will establish novel methods and enhance existing ones for the lipidomics analysis of various biological materials available within the consortium. The PhD-student is responsible for planning and performing the experiments and reporting and publishing the results in scientific journals and at international conferences. The work will mainly include training in LC-MS and NMR based lipidomics and metabolomics. Method development as well as the analysis of biologically relevant sample materials will allow the student to obtain broad knowledge not only in analytical chemistry but also biochemistry and biology with a special focus on arthritis.

The department

This research will be performed at the Center for Proteomics and Metabolomics (CPM) of the Leiden University Medical Center, under the supervision of Dr M.Giera. In addition, M. Curie projects are embedded in a comprehensive program of courses and exchange visits between the partner institutions. Part of the training period will be carried out at the University of Leuven (Belgium), PharmaGnose (Greece) and Sciex (Germany).

Your profile

All suitably qualified candidates irrespective of gender are welcome to apply as long as the following conditions have been fulfilled:

  • Applicants should have a degree in Biomedical Sciences, Life Science & Technology or Analytical Chemistry. Experience with Lipidomics, Metabolomics, mass spectrometry and bio-informatics is highly recommended.
  • Applicants should have good knowledge of English, both written and oral.
  • We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with talent for experimental research and keen to answer important biomedical research questions. PhD-students involved in this project will make short-term exchange visits with the institutes of the other partners.

What we offer

You will be employed on the basis of a 36-hour week. Appointment is temporary for the duration of 48 months. Your salary is € 2.422 gross per month in the first year, amounting to € 3.103 in the fourth year (scale PhD students, CAO-UMC).

The terms of employment offered by the LUMC are highly favourable. You will receive an 8% holiday remuneration, a year-end bonus, a pension arrangement with the National Civil Pension Fund, and, if applicable, a bonus for unsocial hours. Also, as employee of one of the University Hospitals in the Netherlands, you will naturally join our collective health insurance policy. Moreover, the LUMC offers excellent facilities in the area of education, child-care centres, and career advice. In addition, you may enjoy various leave arrangements and other extras.

More information

For more information and details about the project, please go to the ArthritisHeal website ( If you have specific questions please contact Dr M. Giera, associate professor, Center for Proteomics and Metabolomics, telephone +31 71 526 9526, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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