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CLOSED - Job: Associate Professor Malaria Biology and Vaccine Development, Leiden

April 30, 2020 - 15:38 -- MalariaWorld Jobs

Organisation: Leiden University Medican Center
Department of Parasitology
Country: The Netherlands
Vacacy number : B.20.YB.EL.30
Closing date : May 24th, 2020

The position

Within the Department of Parasitology we have an opening for an associate professor. We are looking for an ambitious candidate with a strong background in (molecular) biology/biochemistry with capabilities to maintain and expand the leading position of the LUMC parasitology department in the field of malaria transgenesis and vaccine development targeting the liver phase of infection.

Our approach is characterized by an energetic, open and can-do spirit that stimulates personal initiative and curiosity. You will connect with the different groups that are within the department and foster the ongoing collaborations with other LUMC departments, sharing cutting edge knowledge on science and technologies and extend the international network of malaria researchers of which the LUMC is part in order to answer key basic scientific as well as translational questions. In addition, you will provide guidance to members of the molecular malaria team.


You have a PhD in (molecular) biology/biochemistry, an excellent track record as a scientist with strong managerial capabilities, educational skills and the experience necessary to drive the research of malaria liver stages in the international research arena. You have either already experience in analysing malaria liver infection or a strong interest in changing the focus of your career to this topic. You have capabilities to maintain and ensure continuing visibility and impact of the excellent reputation of the LUMC parasitology department. You combine scientific excellence with an open-minded and collaborative mindset in research and teaching and will contribute enthusiastically to the acquisition and execution of externally funded projects.

The offer

You will work in a 40-hour workweek. Initially you will be appointed for the duration of one year, possibly to become tenured. Your salary is based on your education and experience and amount to a maximum of € 6,448 gross per month based on a 36-hour workweek (scale 13 of the collective labor agreement University Medical Centers).

Working at the LUMC

The Department of Parasitology at Leiden University Medical Center is a world leader and a center of excellence for genetic modification of Plasmodium parasites. Genetic modification technology is used to understand malaria biology, host-pathogen interaction, identify vaccine target proteins and develop whole sporozoite vaccination approaches. The group has pioneered the technologies for genetic modification of rodent Plasmodium and has recently optimized Crispr-CAS9 genetic modification of the human parasite P. falciparum. In addition, the group has developed the concept of immunization with sporozoites that are attenuated by genetic modification (GAPs),
and has translated findings in rodent models of malaria to P. falciparum. The first GAP has recently been tested clinically.

More information

Click here for a detailed description of this position. If you have any questions or would like more information about this position, please contact Chris Janse, associate professor, Department of Parasitology, Email:; telephone +31(0)71 526 50 68.

References can be requested as part of the procedure.

How to apply

If you are interested in this position, please complete the application form online by May 24th, 2020 at