Vacancy: Post-doc

Full-time (40 hours per week) – based in Amsterdam
Start date: 1 August 2017

The position
The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) is seeking a Post-doc scientist.
The Departments of Global Health-AIGHD and Medical Microbiology of the Academic Medical Center
(AMC) closely collaborate in a research program on the zoonotic potential of Streptococcus suis, a orcine
bacterial pathogen which can cause severe invasive infections in humans. In addition, the departments
collaborate in research on diagnostics and (zoonotic) transmission of antimicrobial resistant bacteria and
resistance determinants. As part of two recently EU-funded international consortia, a postdoc position has
become available. The research will initially focus on regulatory and structural determinants of zoonotic
potential of S. suis and will include mutational analysis, whole genome sequencing, and host cellpathogen
interaction studies. Opportunities will exist to engage in the ongoing research on antimicrobial
resistance. A PhD student will join the team.

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 a PhD student during the daily research activities.
  • To supervise biomedical research students who may join the research program.
  • To write and publish manuscripts related to the research.

Educational qualifications

  • PhD degree in relevant field

Additional requirements

  • Proven relevant experience, in particular experience with bacterial mutagenesis, genome analysis,
    and cell and tissue culture.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent spoken and written English language skills
  • Curious and passionate

AIGHD offers
AIGHD provides an excellent environment for a Post-doc position who wishes to gain experience,
expertise and a network in global health research. 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 of the Academic Medical Center through a joint position, and the
contract will be for a fixed period of 3 years.

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

Your application including CV should be addressed to Mr F.R. Janssen, General Manager and sent 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.

No (recruitment) agencies please