Student Assistant Molecular Interaction Annotations Neuroscience

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Are you interested in neuroscience? Do you want to gain experience in analyzing literature about synaptic protein interactions (PPIs)? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 0.2 

Job description

The departments 

Functional Genomics 


Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology

 of VU are looking for part-time student assistants. As a student assistant, you help us with quality control of expert-curated annotations of evidence in the literature about protein-protein interactions occurring in the synapse. You work closely with our scientists and assist in the quality control process of the SynGO database. You gain experience in the interpretation of scientific literature about molecular interactions in 

in vitro


in vivo 

experiments. This will be very useful if you are pursuing a career in research. 

Do you have affinity for neuroscience and molecular biology? And are you available for at least 1 full day a week (0.2 FTE) for 6-12 months? Then we would like to get to know you. We support you with all the required training to help us in the quality control process. Plus, you get the opportunity to work in a research environment and help find new treatments for brain disorders. After the start-up period you will be flexible in scheduling your work hours. 

Your duties

  • start-up phase: you focus on getting a feel for the procedure. In this phase, you make several literature-based annotations of PPIs in our web-based database
  • main phase: you check if PPI annotations from experts in the field follow our format and guidelines. You then draft advice on how their annotations can be improved

  • you are an MSc student in Neurosciences or similar
  • you have affinity for molecular biology and neuroscience
  • you can work independently
  • you have strong oral and written communication skills in English

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,402 (SA)

and a maximum €2,611 (SA), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.2 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 6 -12 months. Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
Working at the Faculty of Science means working together with students, PhD candidates and scientists who are focused on their discipline, yet also have a broad view of the world. We are proud of the collegial working environment within the faculty, which is characterised by an ambitious and pragmatic attitude with commitment to the bigger picture. At the Faculty of Science, scientists and students work on fundamental and complex social issues for a sustainable and healthy future. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to malnutrition, from genetics to pharmaceuticals and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research cover the full breadth of the natural sciences. Scientific teaching and research is highly experimental, technical, computational and interdisciplinary in nature. This is why we collaborate extensively with leading research institutes and industry. The faculty has over 11,000 students studying across 40 educational programmes and employs over 1,600 staff spread over 10 scientific departments, making us the largest science faculty in the Netherlands.

About the Functional Genomics Department
At the functional genomics department of the VU ( ) we want to understand how our brain works and treat brain disorders such as epilepsy or neurodevelopmental disorders. Together with the pharmaceutical industry we are testing new treatments, and you would be assisting in these collaborative projects.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until


. The job interviews are planned for June, when possible, please take them into account when applying for the position.

Submitting a diploma is part of the application process.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Loek van der Kallen
Position: Assistant Professor
Telephone: +31 (0) 6 3009 3459 

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