Deadline for applications: January 30th 2016
TropIQ Health Sciences is looking for a talented postdoctoral fellow to join our dynamic group of scientists focused on the discovery of new interventions for poverty-related infectious diseases. The candidate will enroll in a global postdoc training program supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with the California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr). The program offers a unique opportunity to receive training in drug discovery and translational research at TropIQ while working closely with research teams at Calibr and other global partners. The training program is restricted to a total of 15 post-doctoral fellows worldwide. At TropIQ, the fellow will work as part of a team of scientists to identify and characterize small molecules that block malaria transmission from humans to mosquitoes and vice versa. The postdoctoral fellow will publish their findings in high impact, peer-reviewed journals and may be co-inventor on patents related to their work. The fellowship has a duration of two years. Following successful completion, fellows have the opportunity to transition to permanent positions at the China Discovery Institute, which is being established in China by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Required qualifications and experience
- PhD in life sciences
- Strong skills and experience in biochemistry
- Excellent communication skills in English
- Evidence of collaborative research
- Creative, flexible and entrepreneurial personality
Additional preferred qualifications
- Expertise in arthropod physiology
- Excellent communication skills in Mandarin Chinese
Tasks and responsibilities
The main project will focus on the identification of small molecules that target parasite or mosquito pathways that underlie parasite development and onward transmission. In addition the fellow will dedicate 20% of their time to a project aimed at an understanding of the nutritional requirements for mosquito fecundity. Both projects will use high throughput screening strategies to identify small molecules with modulatory activities. The fellow will be responsible for design and execution of the experimental work and reporting of project progress both internally as well as to the project partners. The fellow is expected to disseminate the project results in high impact scientific journals.
Who we are:
TropIQ Health Sciences aims to accelerate the development of novel antimalarials. The company is based in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and was founded in 2011 as a spin-off of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center. TropIQ combines world-class parasitological expertise with state of the art drug discovery technologies. In the second quarter of 2016, TropIQ will move to a brand new facility at the Novio Tech Campus in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
What we offer:
The position provides a challenging opportunity to become active in the battle against malaria as part of an enthusiastic team of scientists. The versatile nature of the projects and the multinational setup of the postdoctoral training program provides an excellent basis for widening research skill sets and broadening the scientific horizon.
We offer a contract for two years at a competitive salary with the prospect of transitioning to a permanent position at the China Discovery Institute.
How to apply?
Please send your application letter and curriculum vitae to the address below by electronic mail. Correspondence may be in Dutch or English as preferred. Please submit your application before January 30th 2016.
More information and contact
dr. Koen Dechering, CEO
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