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PhD position "ResRisk" Persistence of antimicrobials in the environment and selection for resistant bacteria

Utrecht University's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is looking for a PhD candidate. Interested? Read more and apply here.

9 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 40 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand


Research at the Division Clinical Infectiology (KLIF) focuses on emergence of antimicrobial resistance posing a threat for veterinary and public health. One of the research topics is the effect of residual antimicrobials. In livestock there is continuous exposure to residual concentrations of antimicrobials after the treatment course has been finalized due to grooming and coprophagy. This continuous exposure is an important factor in the selection for resistance. In this study you
will investigate if the persistence of antimicrobials in the environment of the animals selects for resistant bacteria and if the stability of the antimicrobial should be taken into account for antimicrobial use policies.
As a PhD candidate, you will be working on the NCOH “Complex Systems” financed project “Antimicrobial resistance in relation to the persistence of antimicrobial residues after treatment of farm animal: input for risk management (RESRISK)”. Using classical laboratory techniques, metagenomics and state of the art bioinformatics on samples from both lab and field studies you will determine the selective effects of residual concentrations of various antimicrobials on the selection for resistance in both indicator organisms and in the metagenome in the farm environment. You will use this information to extrapolate this to commercial broiler production to inform policy.

This project is a collaboration with different labs at Wageningen University and Utrecht University and there will be opportunities to work at the labs of the partners. KLIF offers an international and stimulating work environment at the forefront of scientific research. As a PhD candidate, you will actively participate in the Infection and Immunity PhD programme and scientific meetings and will publish the findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals. These papers will form the basis of the PhD thesis of the candidate.


We are looking for a candidate with:

  • an academic degree in Life Sciences or Veterinary Sciences/Medicine;
  • affinity with microbiology and skills in molecular microbiology with a particular interest in bioinformatics;
  • the capability to link different disciplines (wet lab, modelling, translating lab work into practice);
  • good social and communicative skills;
  • good command of English (oral and written);
  • motivation to collaborate (internationally) with scientists in academia, research institutes and industry.


This is an appointment of 1.0 FTE for the duration of four years. The gross salary starts with €2,325 per month in the first year and increases to €2,972 per month in the third year of employment (scale P according to the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities) for a full-time employment.
Besides that, you will receive a holiday allowance of 8 % and a year-end bonus of 8.3 %. Utrecht University also has an appealing package of terms of employment, including the choice for a good balance between work and private (a good arrangement for leave, among other things), possibilities for development and an excellent pension scheme. More information on working at Utrecht University can be found here.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Aldert Zomer (Assistant Professor), via a.l.zomer@uu.nl or +31 30 253 36 03.