Flow Cytometry Operator

Published on
May 3, 2019
Location Wageningen
End date Sat 25 May 2019
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We are looking for

With the chair group Cell Biology and Immunology at Wageningen Campus we have a job opening for a Flow Cytometry Operator.

You will be the key person to contact for questions related to Flow cytometry. Flow cytometry is a powerful tool to quickly characterize millions of individual cells and, if needed, isolate the cells based on their haracteristics. The Wageningen University & Research (WUR) Campus has a flow cytometry facility at the Cell Biology and Immunology group (CBI). We currently have a CytoFlex LX (6 lasers, 21 colours), a  CytoFlex (2 lasers, 4 colours) and 2 Accuri machines. As operator you will also have access to two sorters (BD Aria 2 and Aria 3),  giving researchers access to a variety of analytical flow cytometers and cell sorters.

You have a variety of activities:

  • maintaining a high-standard quality assurance for all equipment;
  • providing professional advice on experimental and panel design for both analysis and cell isolation purposes;
  • providing introductory and advanced training to MSc as well as PhD students as well as Postdocs, for independent use of analytical flow cytometers;
  • and be involved in the use of flow cytometers for educational purposes. CBI uniquely uses human and veterinary species (e.g. pigs, poultry) for FACS analysis and the operator therefore needs to be flexible in providing flow cytometry support and expertise to all of these research lines.
  • keeping the facility organised, serviced and maintained to the maximal benefit for all users, including university and external clients.

We ask

  • Proven experience for more than 2 years in advanced flow cytometry, operating analyzers, and using the relevant software packages (including FlowJo).
  • At least School of Higher Vocational Education (HBO) level of skills. You have an independent, facilitating, proactive and flexible attitude. You are able to organize your work, work on parallel projects dealing with the various research lines running at CBI. You are efficient and able to cope with occasional and short term stressful situations.
  • You participation in the flow cytometry part of the practicals of the Cell Biology and Health course.
  • You participation in general laboratory tasks, to be assigned in consultation with the other technicians.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) in English and familiar with work in an international setting.
  • Experience with cell culture and work under BSLII level is a strong advantage.
This position requires a good English language proficiency (a mininum of CEFR B2 level). For more information about this proficiency level, please visit our special language page.

We offer

  • A challenging job for a period of 2 years (with the possibility of extension and eventually a permanent position) at an international leading organization. The position is available within Wageningen University & Research at the Cell Biology and Immunology group at Wageningen Campus. The organization has good and flexible employment conditions.
  • A job in an international setting with varied work and plenty of opportunity for personal development in a pleasant and open working environment. The appointment is for 38 hours per week.
  • Depending on experience, the salary is maximum € 3.052,- gross per month (scale 7, according to VNSU regulations) on full-time basis (38 hours).
  • We offer 232 hours of leave for a full-time position of 38-hours per week, with the option of accruing another extra hours (compensation leave) for a 40-hour working week.
  • 8% holiday allowance and a fixed 8,3% end-of-year bonus.
  • The arrangements for special leave, parental leave and sick leave are above average, as is the employer’s pension contribution.
  • You can arrange the optimum balance between work and private life.
  • We offer good training and education opportunities
  • Sports facilities are at your availability

More information

For questions about this vacancy you can contact Huub F.J. Savelkoul, Head of the Cell Biology and Immunology group, Wageningen University. Mail: ;  tel: +31 317 483922 / 483925. See also our website: .

We are

The mission of Wageningen University & Research is “To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”. Within Wageningen University & Research, nine specialised research institutes from the Wageningen Research Foundation and Wageningen University have joined forces to help answer the most important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.

With approximately 30 locations, 5,000 employees, and 10,000 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain worldwide. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of the unique approach of Wageningen.

For further information about working at Wageningen University & Research, take a look at the special career site.

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