Vacancy: PhD Student: Zoonotic potential of Streptococcus suis

Full-time (40 hours per week) – based in Amsterdam
Start date: Q3 2017

The position
The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) is seeking PhD Student. We are
looking for an enthusiastic and creative candidate with a recent MSc degree in Medicine, Biomedical
Sciences, Veterinary Medicine or a related field in the life sciences, who has a keen interest in global
health and infectious diseases. Zoonotic infections are emerging and re-emerging worldwide, driven by
multiple factors such as changes in population density, climate, and farming practices. The Departments
of Global Health-Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) and Medical
Microbiology of the Academic Medical Center (AMC) closely collaborate in a research program on the
zoonotic potential of Streptococcus suis, a porcine bacterial pathogen which can cause severe invasive
infections in humans. This 48-months interdisciplinary research project is funded by the European
Commission (Horizon 2020) and is embedded in the PIGSs consortium. The project will be carried out in
collaboration with researchers in the Netherlands, the UK and Germany and elsewhere in Europe.

Main duties/responsibilities

  • To initiate and perform laboratory based studies related to the subjects mentioned above, in
    collaboration with other researchers in the consortium.
  • To supervise biomedical research students who may join the research program.
  • To write and publish manuscripts related to the research.

Educational qualifications

  • A recent MSc degree in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine or a related field in the
    life sciences

Additional requirements

  • Experience in molecular biology or microbiology is essential
  • Experience in or a demonstrable affinity with bioinformatics is an advantage
  • Able to work in a team
  • Work independently in analyzing and interpreting data
  • Good communication skills and proficiency in English
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment are essential

AIGHD offers
AIGHD provides an excellent environment for a PhD Student position who wishes to gain experience,
expertise and a network in global health research. An exciting and challenging project within an
international academic setting of high standard. You will operate in a multidisciplinary team of medical
and veterinary microbiologists. As a student in the AMC Graduate School you will also have access to
further training and development. As a PhD candidate, you are entitled to follow courses provided by the
AMC Graduate School. This full-time position (40 hrs/week) is temporary for an initial period of 1 year to
be extended to a total of 48 months (duration of the PhD project).

We offer a salary in line with prevailing sector standards. AIGHD has a full-time work week of 40 hours, 25
days leave annually, an attractive collective pension plan, and a very comprehensive collective health
insurance scheme. The position is based at the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Academic
Medical Center (AMC) in Amsterdam.

For more information about the job description and general questions, please contact Constance Schultsz

Your application including CV should be directed to Mr F.R. Janssen, General Manager and send to or AIGHD, Pietersbergweg 17, 1105 BM Amsterdam.

Closing date: 31 May 2017

The AIGHD is a dynamic institute and network focused on research, education and policy advice in global
health and development. It takes a problem-oriented approach and transcends the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines to provide sustainable solutions. The Institute stands for a collaboration among biomedical researchers from the Academic Medical Center (AMC) and social scientists and economists from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and from the VU University Amsterdam (VU). AIGHD works closely with a number of related organizations such as the Joep Lange Institute and the Amsterdam Health & Technology Institute, as well as with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in global health such as PharmAccess Foundation and KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation.

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