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Tenure track (assistant) professor 'Diagnosis and understanding of rare kidney diseases'

We are looking for an assistant professor who can strengthen our position in the field of epithelial ion transport with a focus on rare kidney diseases and …

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Geert Grooteplein Zuid, Nijmegen, Gelderland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 36 uur
€ 3922 - € 6122 per maand


We are looking for an assistant professor who can strengthen our position in the field of epithelial ion transport with a focus on rare kidney diseases and the development of advanced experimental models.

Our research focuses on the elucidation of the molecular mechanisms underlying electrolyte and water transport processes in epithelia including kidney and intestine. Over the last decades, our group has identified many hereditary disorders of renal and intestinal ion transport. By the use of conditionally immortalized cell lines and overexpression of proteins of interest, we have characterized proteins and regulatory pathways of sodium, calcium and magnesium (re)absorption. Although these models have provided us with great insight in protein function, undifferentiated cell models cannot reproduce the complexity of the intestines and the kidneys.

In this assistant professor position, we aim to further enhance our current cell and tissue culture systems. We are actively improving current cell cultures by introducing advanced culture membranes and flow in our epithelial cell systems. Moreover, we aim to develop novel epithelial cell systems for functional electrolyte transport measurements by immortalizing primary cells and by developing organ-specific organoids.

Recently, organoids have been developed into innovative tools to study the normal and diseased organs. Although protocols are still being developed, iPSCs derived organoids already demonstrate higher expression levels of channels and transporters than most epithelial cell lines. In the coming years, we aim to further develop these kidney organoids to examine the pathogenicity of patient mutations, to study hormone and signaling pathways and to allow drug screening. Supported by our international network of collaborators, we aim to set the next step in epithelial electrolyte transport by developing the disease models of the future.

Tasks and responsibilities
At the stage of assistant professor 65% of your time is for research, 25% for teaching activities and 10% for organizational tasks.
  • Develop your own research line and contribute to research lines in our department in the area of epithelial ion transport in the intestine and/or kidney.
  • Supervise PhD candidates.
  • Acquire external funding.
  • Promote the societal relevance of your research.
  • Work in an inspiring team of fundamental and translation scientists and lecturers to discuss, plan and perform research in an international environment.
  • Teach in and contribute to the development of the degree programs in Biology, Biomedical Sciences and Medicine (BSc & MSc level).
  • Contribute to the organization of the faculty, for example by participating in working groups and committees, in the domains of teaching, research and management.


You have a strong motivation to succeed in scientific research. You are independent and have a well-structured working style. Besides you have well-developed leadership skills with embracing principles of team science. Furthermore:

  • PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences.
  • 2-7 years of experience as postdoctoral researcher.
  • Track record of personal in competition obtained funding.
  • Demonstrated success in high impact publication as first or senior author.
  • Experience with supervision of PhD candidates.


As assistant professor you will enter a tenure track that, if followed successfully, will lead to a full professorship. In case of a full-time contract, you will initially be appointed for 5 years and your performance will be assessed after 5 years. If your assessment is positive, you will get a tenured appointment as an associate professor. After another 4 to 7 years you will be assessed for promotion to the position of full professor.

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 and an annual vacation allowance of 8%, you will receive an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • 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.

Additional information

All additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from from Prof. Joost Hoenderop, full professor via +31 (0) 24 361 05 80, or from dr. Jeroen de Baaij, associate professor via +31 (0) 24361 73 47. Use the Apply button to submit your application.


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