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Postdoc 'Towards understanding and treatment of paragangliomas'

The goal of the present project is to characterize the obtained transgenic zebrafish, study the aetiology of the disease, and to screen/test potential therapeutics.

10 maanden geleden


Landelijk / geen vaste standplaats
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 uur


Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PGLs) are rare tumors of parasympathetic and sympathetic paraganglia, which secrete excess catecholamines, giving severe headache, panic attacks, arrhythmias and hypertension. Mostly, germline mutations confer susceptibility for PGL development leading to hypoxia-inducible factor-1/2α (HIF-1/2α)-dependent tumorigenesis. Among these are inactivating mutations in genes encoding Krebs cycle proteins, such as succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) subunits A-D, of which mutations in SDHB predispose to a high level of malignancy. Treatment of metastatic SDHB PGLs, however, is lacking and thus appropriate model systems and specific therapeutic targets for these tumors are urgently needed.

Using CRISPR/Cas technology, we have recently established zebrafish in which SDHB is systemically and tissue-specifically knocked out. The goal of the present project is to characterize the obtained transgenic zebrafish, study the aetiology of the disease, and to screen/test potential therapeutics.
The project is part of the international ‘paradifference’ consortium and is a collaborative project of the departments of Internal Medicine (section Endocrinology) and Physiology. The department of Internal Medicine has a long-standing tradition to molecularly analyse and treat PGL patients, whereas the department of Physiology has a strong expertise in molecular, cellular and animal pathophysiology.

In this project, you will work within the department Physiology, which is, together with basic science and research-oriented clinical departments of the Radboud University Medical Centre, housed in the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), which integrates diverse scientific expertise in molecular and medical science for the advancement and innovation in translational research.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Generation and maintenance of SDHB-mutated zebrafish;
  • Biochemical/bio-informatical analysis of the PGL phenotype;
  • Setting up a cellular screening system for the potential therapeutic target;
  • Data analysis and interpretation;
  • Contribution towards preparation and submission of manuscripts;
  • Presentation of data and communication with research partners.


  • A PhD in molecular/cellular physiology/endocrinology or related field;
  • A permit to work with animals (art. 9);
  • Experience in the generation,handling and analysis of transgenic zebrafish;
  • Organized working style;
  • Good English writing and presentation skills;
  • A strong motivation, flexibility, and willingness to learn;
  • The ability to work and interact with others in an energetic and supportive research group;
  • You recognise yourself in the Radboud way of working.


Scale 10.4: max. € 44687 gross income per year at full employment (incl. vacation bonus and end of year payments).

Upon commencement of employment we require a certificate of conduct (Verklaring Omtrent het Gedrag, VOG) and there will be a screening based on the provided CV. Radboud university medical center’s HR Department will apply for this certificate on your behalf.

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Additional information

We offer

  • An exciting and innovative project;
  • A stimulating and productive scientific environment in an international setting;
  • Salary, according to Cao umc, is based on research experience and qualifications;

Applicants should send a letter of intent outlining special interest in the position, overall related qualifications, experience and career goals, date of availability, a curriculum vitae and names and addresses of professional references.

Further information and contact
Detailed information about the departments and affiliated network centres can also be found at http://www.physiomics.eu, http://www.radboudumc.nl (search terms: Internal Medicine and Radboud Adrenal Centre) and http://www.ensat.org.

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from Prof. Peter Deen, full professor or from Dr. Henri Timmers, internist oncologist. Use the Apply button to submit your application.


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