Post-doc: Role of microbiome in infectious disease and vaccination

RIVM

  • Stand­plaats Bilthoven
  • Contractduur 24 months
  • Uren per week 32 - 36
  • Maand­salaris €2.756 - €4.430
  • Salaris­niveau schaal 10
  • Niveau Gepromoveerd
  • Vakgebied Onderzoek / wetenschap
  • Reageren voor 22 oktober Nog 4 dagen
  • Vacaturenummer I&V-IIV-090
  • Plaatsingsdatum 7 oktober 2021
  • Dienst­verband Arbeidsovereenkomst voor bepaalde tijd

Functie­omschrijving

Do you have a strong interest in infectious diseases, background in microbiology (microbial ecology) and immunology, and awesome bioinformatics skills?
Do you want to apply innovative methodologies to search for biomarkers of infection and vaccine responsiveness?
Do you want to make an impact on the study of the microbiome for public health? Then this is a postdoc position for you!

The department:

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) protects and promotes public health and consumer safety, and we help to protect the quality of the environment. We’ve done so for more than a hundred years and RIVM has become a knowledge institute that is at the heart of society. RIVM carries out independent research and provides the government with trusted policy advice regarding health and the environment. We deal with issues concerning infectious diseases, vaccinations, population studies, lifestyle, nutrition, drugs, the environment, sustainability and safety. We do this through research, advice, direction or implementation. RIVM annually produces and publishes numerous reports.

The center for Immunology of Infectious Diseases and Vaccines (IIV) at RIVM is the knowledge center of the government in the field of immunology of infectious diseases and vaccines. The core mission of this center is to provide information and advice about effectiveness of vaccines, vaccination strategies and immune responses against infectious diseases to parties within the government and to the general public. In support of this task, research performed at IIV is focused on optimization of the effectiveness and safety of current and future vaccination programs, immunosurveillance, age-related efficacy of the immune responses and correlates of protection. In this work the center collaborates intensively with other RIVM knowledge centers and national and international collaborators specializing in immunology, microbiology, epidemiology and outbreak control of infectious diseases.

Your job:

You will focus on two main aspects on the role of the microbiome in infectious diseases and vaccination:

1. Dynamics of the microbiome during infectious diseases in the ferret animal model:
a. Description of the “healthy” microbiome of different niches and its translation to human and other animal models.
b. Study the impact of infection (Influenza and SARS-CoV2) on the microbiome.

2. Protection against infectious diseases through vaccination
a. Study the microbiome in combination with the immune response to vaccination and infection.
b. Study the impact of the microbiome on vaccine responses in human studies.

In this role you will:

  • Analyse data from different studies performed in the ferret animal model for influenza and SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination and humans studies .
  • Report the results in the form of scientific publication(s).
  • Work together in a team of PhD students, postdocs and research assistants and collaborate/advise in related projects.

We are an international, dynamic, highly motivated team of scientists at different stages of our careers with a strong drive to push microbiome research for the benefit of Public Health. We combine expertise in microbial ecology, virology, immunology and bioinformatics and believe in the strength of collaboration and working together as a team. Our laboratory philosophy aligns with that described by Maestre, F. T. in “Ten simple rules towards healthier research labs” (PLoS Comput. Biol. 15, e1006914, 2019).

Are you interested in the Post-doc position on the Role of the microbiome in infectious disease and vaccination? Please send your application to Dr. Jørgen de Jonge, (department head). If you have any questions on this vacancy, please contact Dr. Susana Fuentes or Dr. Jørgen de Jonge at +31 (6) 29646944 or +31(6) 311 423 89

Meer over jouw toekomstige afdeling

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) protects and promotes public health and consumer safety, and we help to protect the quality of the environment. We’ve done so for more than a hundred years and RIVM has become a knowledge institute that is at the heart of society. RIVM carries out independent research and provides the government with trusted policy advice regarding health and the environment. We deal with issues concerning infectious diseases, vaccinations, population studies, lifestyle, nutrition, drugs, the environment, sustainability and safety. We do this through research, advice, direction or implementation. RIVM annually produces and publishes numerous reports.

The center for Immunology of Infectious Diseases and Vaccines (IIV) at RIVM is the knowledge center of the government in the field of immunology of infectious diseases and vaccines. The core mission of this center is to provide information and advice about effectiveness of vaccines, vaccination strategies and immune responses against infectious diseases to parties within the government and to the general public. In support of this task, research performed at IIV is focused on optimization of the effectiveness and safety of current and future vaccination programs, immunosurveillance, age-related efficacy of the immune responses and correlates of protection. In this work the center collaborates intensively with other RIVM knowledge centers and national and international collaborators specializing in immunology, microbiology, epidemiology and outbreak control of infectious diseases.

RIVM

RIVM: professional, reliable, and independent
As the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), we are a professional, reliable and independent advisor to the government, professionals and private citizens. Our goal is a healthy population in a sustainable, safe and healthy living environment. We monitor health, diseases, the quality of nature and the living environment. To this end, we conduct research and gather knowledge for accessible information and usable advice. RIVM provides good birth screening, combats infectious diseases and plays a central role in the National Immunisation Programme and population screening. We investigate what is needed for good care, a healthy lifestyle, safe products and a safe and healthy living environment. We also contribute to preventing, combating and managing incidents and crises.

All our advice, reports, fact sheets and publications are produced by our 2100 or so staff from our head office in Bilthoven and - as from 2023 - from a beautiful new building at the Utrecht Science Park . Our work is guided by the issues of today and tomorrow – from our position at the heart of society. We are proud of our organisation, which offers a warm welcome to everyone. As a governmental knowledge institute we want to be a reflection of society. In addition to talent, experience and motivation, aspects of identity such as age, orientation, cultural background or disability also make our organisation richer, more innovative and more fun. With such diverse backgrounds, perspectives and insights, we are all working to achieve even better results!

RIVM – committed to health and sustainability

Contactpersonen

Voor meer informatie over deze vacature:

Susana Fuentes Enriquez De Salamanca

+31 (0)6-29646944

Voor meer informatie over de sollicitatieprocedure:

Frank Alders

Vacaturebeheer

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