PhD student (OIO), fulltime, Forensic Molecular Biology. Information: prof.dr. Manfred Kayser
We are using state-of-art technologies in genetics, genomics, and proteomics to answer questions in human molecular biology and human molecular genetics that are of fundamental scientific interest and in addition provide potential applications to forensic sciences. Research topics are initiated by more current issues in forensic molecular biology such as the identification of the type of tissue and the age of a sample found at the crime scene, or the identification and interpretation of a male component using Y chromosome genetic information, or the identification of the geographic ancestry of an unknown DNA sample using genetic information, but also by more future issues such as the potential use of genetic information that directly allows prediction of externally visible characteristics of humans. The Erasmus University Medical Center, especially its Medical-Genetic Cluster offers a highly international and stimulating research environment with English as working language (www.
erasmusmc.nl/medical_genetics). The city of Rotterdam offers a multicultural and exciting living environment in close proximity to other highlights of Europe.
The position A 4 year PhD student position in molecular biology and genetics is available in the department of Forensic Molecular Biology, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The general area of research is in identifying and understanding human individual and population differences (geographic origin, visible / physical traits, evolutionary genetic adaptation) for fundamental biological interest but also for potential future application to forensics.
Job requirements A suitable applicant will hold a M.Sc. in molecular biology or molecular genetics. Exceptional B.Sc. (honours) students are also encouraged to apply. Practical skills in RNA technologies, gene expression analysis, including qPCR, are strongly required. Experience in statistical data analysis would be an advantage for which computer programming skills are appreciated. English language skills are essential.
Conditions of employment We offer you a fulltime appointment for a period of 4 years. The gross monthly salary amounts to € 1.966 in the 1st year and increases to € 2.519 in the 4th year with a full-time appointment, according to the PhD salary scales of the CAO UMC. The conditions of employment are in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Medical Centres (CAO UMC).
For more information about this position, please contact prof.dr. Manfred Kayser, head of the department of Forensic Molecular Biology, tel. +31 10 7038072 or by e-mail email@example.com. For other information, please contact John van der Voort, HRM Consultant, tel + 31 10 7038037, or by e-mail to
Application Please send your application with CV statement of research interest (two pages) and three letters of reference, within three weeks after publication of this vacancy, to Erasmus MC, department of Forensic Molecular Biology, prof.dr. Manfred Kayser, P.O. Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, the Netherlands, stating vacancy number 02.21.08.C15, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.