Postdoctoral Fellow on improving the understanding of systemic melanoma-mediated immune suppression by deep serum profiling

Utrecht University - Altelaar lab
Job Location
Padualaan 8
3584CH Utrecht
Job Description

In this project we aim to identify soluble factors present in melanoma patients’ plasma, that are responsible for systemic immune suppression, which hampers T cell activation upon checkpoint inhibitor treatment. In a collaborative effort with the NKI we will analyze systemic treatment naïve plasma samples by deep proteomic profiling from stage III melanoma patients that have progressed to stage IV. Changes in the profile of the identified proteins will be tested in an independent cohort of 100 melanoma patients treated with ipilimumab+nivolumab from whom we have collected baseline serum samples. 


The candidate should hold a PhD in biochemistry, cell biology, systems biology, biotechnology or a related field and have experience in high-end proteomics workflows. Prior expertise with blood, serum and/or plasma sample handling is preferred. Candidate should have a strong publication record, excellent communication skills and the willingness to work in a team.

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