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Research Technician in vivo/molecular biology (1.0 fte)

Vacancy number
Academic staff
Internal , External
Publication date
29 November 2022
Closing date
31 December 2022 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Science Leiden and the Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research (LACDR) are looking for a 

Research Technician in vivo/molecular biology (1.0 fte) 
Vacancy number: 22-805

The division of Systems Pharmacology and Pharmacy of the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is looking for a research technician to support drug research involving animal models, with an interest to also be involved in supporting development of molecular biological assays, and/or cell- and tissue models.  

The research within our division encompasses a combination of experimental and computational modeling approaches, aiming to develop novel strategies towards translational drug development approaches and personalized treatment strategies. Specifically, current in vivo research techniques used in the division include the use of brain microdialysis and pharmacological/biomarker studies, with an interest to expand towards other disease areas studied in our division. 


  • Responsible for designing and conducting animal experiments in collaboration with researchers in our division;  
  • Support establishing advanced cell culture models (e.g. human primary cells, organ-on-chip, bio-printed tissues), and, tissue slice cultures. 
  • Contribute to laboratory management tasks; 
  • Support the training of researchers and students; 
  • Support the conduct and development of molecular biological assays 
  • Development and maintenance of protocols/standard operation procedures (SOPs). 

Your profile 

  • Completed HLO training; 
  • Experience in working with rodent animal models (mice, rat, including experience in handling, injection techniques and other common procedures) and related techniques (e.g. histology, tissue slices); 
  • Holding a license for working with laboratory animals (art. 6/9/13f2) 
  • Experience with advanced cell culture models, molecular biology techniques, microscopy/imaging, flow cytometry is a plus. 
  • Experience with animal infection models and/or pharmacologically-oriented animal experiments are a plus; 
  • You are flexible, pro-active, eager to learn and have strong organization skills; 
  • You are a team player; 
  • You have good communication skills, both in English and in Dutch; 

The Faculty of Science at Leiden University 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 bachelors’ and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and over 5,000 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. 

What we offer 
We offer a one year contract which may afterwards lead to a permanent contract. You will be appointed in accordance  with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The salary ranges from € 2471  to € 3336 (scale 7), € 2818 to € 3764 (scale 8), or € 3098 to € 4257 (scale 9) gross per month for a full time appointment, and is dependent on your working experience. 
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives 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. For more information, see the website (link). 

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups. LACDR is a highly diverse institute, in culture, background, and gender. We stand for excellence in a caring Institute. We wish to reflect society in all aspects, as we believe that this improves the dynamics in our organization. Therefore, we support and understand the need for a work/life/family balance and consequent varying working hours and places. We believe that doing good science is fun, and goes hand in hand with a friendly culture. In the Netherlands, a maternity allowance is standard for 16 weeks. Child care is available at and near the Bio Science Park. 

For questions about the his position please contact Dr. Coen van Hasselt (coen.vanhasselt@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl).  

To apply, please send an email to Monique Tjiong (m.tjiong@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl). Please mention the number of this position in the subject. Please include in your application: 

  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Letter of motivation 
  • Names and contact details of 2 references 

The deadline for this position is December 31, 2022. 

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