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PhD Candidate for Quantitative and Miniaturised Assays for Structure-resolved Lipidomics in Metabolic Diseases

Outstanding international students are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in environmental sciences at Leiden University. This position is available for three years. Applications will be evaluated immediately.

The Faculty of Science and the Division of Systems Biomedicine and Pharmacology at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is looking for a PhD candidate for Quantitative and miniaturised assays for structure-resolved lipidomics in metabolic diseases (1.0 FTE).

This PhD project is part of the EU-funded Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network 'Polymers in the Liver: Metabolism and Regulation – PoLiMeR' (http://polimer-itn.eu). Metabolic diseases are a burden on the European population and health care system. A Systems Medicine approach, based on computational models fed with individual patient data, has the potential to provide the basis for a personalised diagnosis and treatment strategy. The PoLiMeR consortium has identified the inherited, liver-related diseases of glycogen and lipid metabolism as the ideal starting point for innovative research training in personalised 'Systems Medicine'. Our mission is to train our PhD students to become dedicated Systems-Medicine experts, who can seamlessly collaborate between computational and wet-lab environments, and between clinical, academic, and industrial environments. This training will enable them to become the future leaders in the field and eventually make the difference for the patients.

The aim of your PhD project is to develop novel analytical methods for lipid profiling, and thereby you will focus on detailed analysis of modified lipids and to identify structural isomers. This will be achieved using hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) or normal phase liquid chromatography (NPLC)-based separation coupled to a reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RPLC)-mass spectrometry analysis, and using advanced MS/MS and ion mobility MS protocols. The methods developed will be miniaturised to allow the analysis of biomass-limited samples, such as patient-derived hepatocytes or organ-on-a-chip samples. To achieve your goals, you will collaborate with several other PhD students in this ITN program.

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor's and twelve master's programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden's Bio Science Park, one of Europe's biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. The Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is a leading institute dedicated to world-class research and education in drug discovery and development. LACDR comprises a diverse and international team of approximately 160 researchers and is ideally located at the Leiden Bio Science Park, the largest life science cluster in The Netherlands.

Within the LACDR there is a growing focus on using (translational) metabolomics and patient derived organ-on-a-chip systems in the areas of drug research, translational disease research, systems pharmacology, computational modeling and biostatistics, and integration with epidemiological studies, genetics and clinical studies. You will work closely with the Leiden Centre for Data Science.

The Analytical Biosciences and Metabolomics Group (www.analyticalbiosciences.nl) at the Division of Systems Biomedicine and Pharmacology at the LACDR has a world-leading reputation in the field of metabolomics, and has a track record in developing novel analytical and microfluidic methods.

We offer a position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary rangefrom 2,266 to 2,897 gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Mobility and family allowances as applicable according to Marie Skodowska-Curie PhD fellowship scheme for early career researchers.

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices modelgives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions.For international spouses we have set up a dual career program.Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.More at https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/working-at/job-application-procedure-and-employment-conditions.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science.Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school. The PhD candidate will benefit from a personal career development plan with targeted training measures and participation in a range of network activities with otherLogic Labconsortium partners.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

For more information on this position, please contact Professor Thomas Hankemeier, email hankemeier@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl.

If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Mrs. Loes Beijersbergen, email l. beijs@lacdr. leidenuniv. nl, telephone +31 71 527 4220. To apply for this vacancy, please send your application no later than 23 January 2019 by e-mail to Professor Thomas Hankemeier at hankemeier@lacdr. leidenuniv. nl and Dr Amy Harms at a. c. harms@lacdr. leidenuniv. nl.


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