Postdoc Researcher Cell Biology, Metabolism and Cancer

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For the Postdoc position in cancer metabolism, we are looking for an enthusiastic and collaborative team player. The position is available in the division of Cell Biology, Metabolism & Cancer in the Department of Biomolecular Health Sciences at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University. The overall aim of the research project is to identify and target cancer-specific metabolic events. Cancer cells modify their metabolism and it is unknown which metabolic pathways are critical drivers of cancer progression and uncontrolled cell divisions. The project will involve cell cycle specific fluorescent imaging, cell sorting and mass spectrometry to identify metabolic events and target them by utilizing available inhibitors, RNA interference, or CRISPR-Cas9 technology. In addition, novel dissecting methodology will be developed to discover metabolic events in areas of cancerization in biopsies.     
You will work in a multidisciplinary team of Researchers with unique expertise including Dr Bart Westendorp (cell cycle), Prof Celia Berkers (metabolomics), Prof Bernd Helms (lipidomics), and Prof Alain de Bruin (cancer). The research environment you will work in is inspiring and you are surrounded by innovative research labs and will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities including mass-spectrometry, single cell analysis, imaging, flowcytometry and biobanks with patient materials, localized at the Utrecht Science Campus in the Netherlands.
In this role you are responsible for:

  • the design and the realization of the research project cancer metabolism;
  • contribution to research projects of our team;
  • writing high quality research publications;
  • writing and contributing to research proposals for receiving external research funding;
  • supervising research projects of Master’s and Bachelor’s students;
  • the opportunity to participate in the teaching programme for veterinary Bachelor’s students.


To be successful in this role you:

  • have a PhD degree, preferably in the field of biochemistry or biomedical sciences;
  • have proven skills in cell culture and molecular biology techniques;
  • have experience in the field of metabolism;
  • preferably have experience in omics data analysis;
  • have high quality publications as a first or second author;
  • have clear and effective communication skills and proven English skills in presenting and writing;
  • are a connecting link between the various team players of the project;
  • are enthusiastic to participate in external collaborations.


We offer a challenging position in a dynamic and professional environment with plenty of room for initiative and entrepreneurship. This position offers a lot of opportunities to develop yourself and your talents. Personal development meetings and continuous feedback are routinely implemented, and following trainings from the UU Development programme is one of the possibilities. We offer a temporary position (0.8 FTE) for a period of one year with the prospect of an extension for a period of another two years. The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience  – ranges between €2,790 and €4,402 (scale 10 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has a unique position in the Netherlands. Not only is this the only institution where Veterinarians are trained, but is is also where Researchers are working together on innovative scientific research. In addition, the faculty provides specialist clinical care in the largest academic veterinary hospital in Europe. Thanks to this position, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is a point of contact for all veterinary matters, both nationally and increasingly internationally. The faculty employs approximately 900 Veterinarians, Scientists and support staff and counts 1,500 students.

Utrecht University (UU) is founded in 1636 and is one of the largest universities in the Netherlands, it has over 8,000 staff and 31,600 students. Utrecht University has an active postdoc network (Postdoc Network Utrecht), which aims to connect all Life Sciences Postdocs, help with career development and act as a liaison for UU and UMC policy makers. 
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has 400 Researchers including 180 PhD fellows and is the only veterinary knowledge centre in the Netherlands and one of the highest ranked worldwide (ranked 4th in QS World University Rankings 2020). The Faculty’s research efforts are concentrated in three thematic interdisciplinary research programmes which are embedded within the University-wide Life Sciences programme. The Faculty’s research programmes are: One Health – focused on the relationship between animal, human and environment; One Medicine – focused on parallels between human and veterinary medicine; Veterinary Biomedicine – aimed at genesis, diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases.  
The Department Biomolecular Health Sciences, one of three departments within the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has 166 employees. The department includes the three divisions Pathology, Infection & Immunity as well as Cell Biology, Metabolism & Cancer.


For additional information please contact Tara Driessens (Secretary BHS), via

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