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PhD Student Molecular Epidemiology

You will investigate the relationship between energy balance, somatic mutations and metabolic subtypes of colorectal cancer, within the framework of a large prospective cohort study. The project is financially supported by the Dutch Cancer Society ...

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Minderbroedersberg, Maastricht, Limburg
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

You will investigate the relationship between energy balance, somatic mutations and metabolic subtypes of colorectal cancer, within the framework of a large prospective cohort study. The project is financially supported by the Dutch Cancer Society (KWF).

The project is part of the Netherlands Cohort Study (NLCS) that is being conducted at Maastricht University, Department of Epidemiology. At baseline of the study in 1986, more than 120,000 men and women aged 55-69 years completed an extensive questionnaire on diet, lifestyle and other risk factors for cancer. Incident cases of cancer in the cohort are identified by annual computerised record linkage with cancer registries and the Dutch pathology registry. In close collaboration with the Dept of Pathology, a large number of tumor tissue samples has been collected for over 3000 incident colorectal cancer cases from the NLCS. Using this material, tissue microarrays (TMA) have been made, and material is available for DNA-extraction. The TMAs and DNA will be used for molecular subtyping of the colorectal cancer cases, with special attention for metabolic subtypes. Altered cellular energy metabolism has been identified as an important feature in cancer etiology and prognosis.

With you, our team will extract DNA and screen tumor DNA for somatic mutations.The metabolic subtyping of tumors will be done by immunohistochemistry on TMA sections for key proteins involved in metabolic pathways. You will participate in these laboratory analyses and subsequently conduct the epidemiological data-analyses on the relationship between various aspects of energy balance, somatic mutations and metabolic subtypes of colorectal cancer. You will interpret these data and describe the results in scientific articles and a PhD thesis.

Functie-eisen

In order to qualify for a PhD position the candidate must have successfully completed a Master degree in epidemiology, health sciences, human nutrition, molecular life sciences, medical biology or medicine. The candidate must have affinity with molecular (patho)biology and epidemiological research (e.g. registered as epidemiologist A), and interest in nutrition. Candidates must have a very good competence in written and spoken English.

Conditions

Temporary employment for 4 years.

Your salary would be € 2.222,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.840,- gross per month in the fourth year according to the PhD-student salary scale.

Each year an evaluation will take place.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply.

For more information look at the website www.maastrichtuniversity.nl , Support/UM employees/Employment conditions.

Additional information

For more information: Prof.dr. P.A. van den Brandt, tel. +31(0)43 3882361 or +31(0)43 3882374

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