Postdoc position in cancer treatment-induced neurocognitive dysfunction

€ 2.911 - € 4.615

Closing date: May 11

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Project description

Radiotherapy is an essential part of the treatment of paediatric brain tumours with over 70% long-term survival rates. Despite its success in the treatment of brain tumours, damage to normal brain tissue is an unavoidable side effect of radiotherapy leading to a profound and progressive decline in neurocognitive function.
This position is part of an international project, funded by Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) and Cancer Research UK (CRUK), which unites researchers from the University of Manchester in the UK, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the US and the UMCG in the Netherlands with the aim to develop a brain ‘atlas’ to locate regions of the brain that are most sensitive to damage by radiotherapy. Within this project the candidate will examine how different types of radiation can damage the developing brain from the brain’s structural level down to the single cell level. To achieve this, we will employ a combination of methodologies including in vivo modelling, behavioural testing, neuroimaging and RNA sequencing.

Working environment

The University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen offer an excellent working environment for high quality biomedical research. The postdoctoral researcher will be appointed at the Dept. of Radiation Oncology at the UMCG, while working within the section of Molecular Cell Biology at the Dept. of Biomedical Sciences of Cells and Systems. This postdoctoral research position is headed by Dr. Lara Barazzuol, whose group’s main research interest is investigating the effects of DNA damage on the brain. This research project is highly multi-disciplinary, providing exposure to a range of subjects from neuroscience to bioinformatics.

What do we need

We are looking for an excellent, highly motivated postdoctoral candidate with strong laboratory skills and preferably with a background in (molecular) neuroscience. Additional experience in bioinformatics would be favourable.

What do we offer

The duration of the project is 24 months with the possibility of further extension depending on funding.
Your salary will be a maximum of € 4.615,- gross per month (scale 10), depending on your qualifications and relevant experience, based on a full-time appointment. In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centres (CAO-UMC). English:

More information
For more information about this position please contact:

  • Dr. Lara Barazzuol, Group Leader at the Dept. of Radiation Oncology and the Dept. of Biomedical Sciences of Cells and Systems, e-mail address:, phonenumber: +31 6 2420 7348

The application form requires

  • A short motivation letter; please include why you are interested in this position.
  • A copy of your CV.
  • The names and contact information of two references.

For questions about the position

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How to apply

Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed. You can apply until 11 May 2021.
Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.


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