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Associate professor | Full professor ’Cell biology of eye diseases’


WorkplaceNijmegen, Geert Grooteplein Zuid 10, Netherlands

Associate professor | Full professor ’Cell biology of eye diseases’
Nijmegen, 36 hours per week

The department of Ophthalmology has approximately 120 employees, holds 8 ophthalmic subspecialties, each at an academic level. Our main focus of interest lies with the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases which accounts for over half of the patient care provided by the department. Our department is internationally renowned for its expertise on retinal disease. Examples are inherited retinal diseases, age-related macular degeneration, diabetes mellites and vitreoretinal surgery.

The department of Ophthalmology of the Radboud University Medical Center is a global leader in the field of multifactorial and genetic retinal eye diseases. Our scientific research lines matches the clinical focus and is directed at retinal disorders. We have an enthusiastic team of researchers who collaborate collaborating in several research lines. Our team includes 2 senior PI’s, 2 junior levels PI’s, one research fellow, 7 PhD students and 2 research technicians. The department has a large clinical trial center that currently houses over 35 trials. The department’s research and clinical trials often target innovative treatment methods, such as gene therapy and RNA therapy.

Radboud university medical center is a university medical center for patient care, scientific research, and education in Nijmegen. Radboud university medical center strives to be at the forefront of shaping the healthcare of the future. We do this in a person-centered and innovative way, and in close collaboration with our network. We want to have a significant impact on healthcare. We want to improve with each passing day, continuously working towards better healthcare, research, and education. And gaining a better understanding of how diseases arise and how we can prevent, treat, and cure them, day in and day out. This way, every patient always receives the best healthcare, now and in the future. Because that is why we do what we do.

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Job description
We are looking for a cell biologist/molecular biologist at the level of (associate) professor and with the possibility of career track to full professorship.

The research of the department is focused on retinal forms of blindness that affect large numbers of patients, especially inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Our aim is to develop personalized treatment and prevention options using metabolomics, natural history studies and genetic profiles combined with imaging parameters, and artificial intelligence. Our ongoing research activities include genome-wide associations studies, development of eye-on-a-chip and patient-specific stem cell-derived retinal in vitro models, complement assays, and antisense oligonucleotide and CRISPR-cas9 technology.

Your research interacts with these activities and involves unraveling of disease mechanisms in IRDs and AMD on a molecular level, finding leads for disease interventions and prevention. Your research takes place in close collaboration with our ophthalmologists as well as other scientist of the Radboud University.

You will lead and develop a research group and represent our department in relevant forums and networks, both nationally and internationally. By doing so, you are a key player in raising research funds. You have an essential role in forming the bridge between our clinicians and scientists working at the cellular and/or molecular level. You will actively create liaisons and help to develop integrated research plans. You will also share your knowledge with our PhD- and master students and participate in developing new educational courses.

Your focus matches that of the department: to effectuate a lasting impact in the treatment of retinal eye disease.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Lead and expand a research group that is (inter)nationally renowned.
  • Ensure a stimulating research environment that motivates our researchers.
  • Connect molecular research with clinical ophthalmology.
  • Have a leading role in creating and maintaining scientific networks, both (inter)nationally and in the Radboud University.
  • Write National and International grant proposals and assist colleagues in writing proposals.
  • (Supervision of) writing scientific publications for international journals.
  • Present results at national and international meetings.


We are looking for a candidate who holds a PhD degree in a relevant area. After obtaining your PhD degree you have at least 5 years of research experience. You are an open and empathetic colleague, and you facilitate a pleasant collaboration within and outside your research group. You are a team player and motivated to collaborate in an interdisciplinary and international team. You have a genuine interest in the field of retinal research and also excellent leadership qualities; you know how to attract and inspire talented researchers. You can act as a liaison between clinicians and researchers. And you have established an international network.

You have a strong, internationally competitive academic record and have proof of a productive research trajectory of high quality. Also you have a proven track record of being successful in the acquisition of external research funds as demonstrated by two research grants obtained in competition. Finally, you identify with the values of the Radboud University Medical Center.

We offer

Terms of employment
Working at Radboud university medical center means that you are ahead of the curve and working together on the healthcare of the future. And there is more. Our secondary terms of employment are impressive. These are fully tailored to you thanks to our Employment Conditions Selection Model. At Radboud university medical center, you will be given trust, and you will take the responsibility to handle everything together. We provide annual courses, both professional and personal.
  • In addition to your monthly salary (salary scale 14, fulltime: min 5828 - max 7417 gross per month) and an annual vacation allowance of 8%, you will receive an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • You will receive a contract of 36 hours a week, for an indefinite period.
  • If you work irregular hours, you will receive an allowance.
  • As a full-time employee (36 hours per week), you are entitled to approximately 168 vacation hours (over 23 days) per year.
  • Radboud university medical center pays 70% of the pension premium. You pay the rest of the premium with your gross salary.
  • You get a discount on health insurance as well: you can take advantage of two group health insurance plans. UMC Zorgverzekering and CZ collectief.

In addition to our terms of employment , we also offer employees various other attractive facilities , such as childcare and sports facilities. Want to learn more? Take a look at the cao UMC .

Contact and Address

Application procedure
We would like to receive your application via the application button before 20 June 2022. We will then contact you shortly.

What else can you expect?
When you begin employment, we will request a certificate of conduct (VOG) and, depending on the position, you may be screened. You do not need to do anything for this; we will inform you later.

Radboud university medical center is an employer that welcomes everyone. Every colleague brings valuable experience, expertise, and creativity. We believe in the benefits of a diverse and inclusive organization . #weareradboudumc

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from prof. dr. Jeroen Klevering, chairman of the department of Ophthalmology, via +31 (0) 24 361 31 38 or send him an email: jeroen.kleveringradboudumc.nl .

We are recruiting for this vacancy ourselves. We only accept applications directly from the applicants themselves, but intermediaries are welcome to share our vacancies in their networks.


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