Technician UMCG Medical Imaging Center (UMIC)

Hbo 28 – 36 hours per week | Salary: € 2,558 – € 3,422

Deadline applications:  3 November  |    Apply here

Job description

  • You will be involved in preparing, processing and entering cells and tissue material for microscopy.
  • You perform preparation techniques and you operate the corresponding robots / equipment.
  • You use advanced software for the management, analysis and recording of data and associated parameters.
  • You train other employees on the equipment and supervise data flows.


The research of the Department of Biomedical Sciences of Cells & Systems (BSCS) of the UMC Groningen focuses on understanding basic functions and processes of the cell & organs and how these lead to diseases when disturbed. The department strives to identify and, if possible, exploit goals to prevent or cure diseases and to promote Healthy Ageing. The function is part of a project that is being realized within the UMIC (see below).

The UMCG Microscopy and Imaging Center is part of the BSCS, where not only common techniques are applied, but also techniques pioneered in the laboratory of dr. Giepmans are made available to many here. For example, advanced microscopic techniques are applied to help understand how molecular mechanisms lead to disease, with a focus on the malfunction of the islets of Langerhans in type 1 diabetes. In the current project, the aim is to use ‘nanotomy’ tissues and cells to map in a ‘Google-earth’ like way in the context of T1D and other diseases, with a resolution so that macromolecules can be seen. In particular, the analyst function will focus on (i) sample preparation for 2D and 3D electron microscopy; (ii) acquisition of large surfaces (up to 1 mm2); (iii) data management of microscopy in the UMIC. In addition, 1 of the analysts will mainly train or assist others in the use of the microscopes and supervise the data streams.

What we ask

  • You have a completed hbo education with preferably a biomedical / biotechnological specialization.
  • You have experience with microscopy and preparation techniques.
  • You have an affinity with ‘fine’ techniques.
  • You have skills with digital image data, or even more broadly in ICT.
  • You have good communication and social skills.
  • You can work independently or in a team.
  • You are careful, patient, result-oriented, stress-resistant and have a flexible working attitude.

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. If required for the position, the UMCG can provide the vaccination.
For certain professional groups, a Certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) is requested upon employment.

What we offer

It concerns an employment contract for the duration of one year (28 – 36 hours per week) with the prospect of extension. The salary is a maximum of € 3,422 gross per month (scale 7) based on full-time employment. In addition, the UMCG offers 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The terms and conditions of employment are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for University Medical Centres (CAO-UMC).

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