We are looking for a candidate for a 3 years project that will be carried out at the CNCR, VU Amsterdam in collaboration with Danone Research B.V., Wageningen. The candidate will be conducting research that is expected to lead to a PhD. The ‘Glial Regulated Neuronal Plasticity’-team of Dr. Mark Verheijen, at the department of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, aims to contribute to a better understanding of the role of glial cells, with a focus on the role of glial-derived factors in the regulation of neuronal plasticity in health and disease. For this purpose, experiments are being performed both in vitro (e.g. neuron-glial cell cocultures) and in vivo (e.g. mouse transgenics). The candidate will be involved in the identification of glial factors that effect synapse formation, and the modulation of this process by dietary compounds. The studies will involve primary cell cultures, mouse models and dietary targeting. We are looking for a candidate with an interest in molecular and cellular neuroscience. Experience with any of the techniques mentioned, especially cell culture, is an advantage.


  • MSc degree (or equivalent) in biology or biomedical science;
  • research experience in molecular and cellular biology;
  • fluent in English (spoken and written).


The initial appointment will be for a period of 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended for a total duration of 3 years. You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at like:

  • Remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance;
  • solid pension scheme (ABP);
  • a minimum of 29 holidays In case of full-time employment;
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.



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