(Associate) Researcher In Vivo (full-time)

ProQR Therapeutics is a biotech company listed on NASDAQ with offices in Leiden, the Netherlands and Cambridge, Massachusetts, US. ProQR is focused on the development of game changing RNA therapies for severe/rare and common diseases. Our mission is to help patients by creating new medicines. A team of 140 enthusiastic ProQRians from all walks of life and more than 30 different nationalities is up to this challenge. We have the passion and commitment to make a difference in the lives of the patients we serve.

Scientists at ProQR have invented a new way to use RNA oligonucleotides to alter RNA. The Axiomer® RNA editing technology enables the editing of specific single nucleotides in RNA using the cells own editing machinery. This technology has the potential to become a new class of medicine and treat currently untreatable diseases.

ProQR is currently looking for a (associate) researcher with hands-on experience in animal experiments (mouse) to join the in vivo team, which is responsible for (early) pre-clinical studies to advancethe Axiomer technology.

Location: Leiden, NL.

We expect our (Associate) Researcher In Vivo to have:  

       At least HBO education level (or B.S./BSc) in Biology, Biomedical Sciences or related field with recent 1+ year of hands-on experience with animal (mouse) experiments.

       Art 12/13f2b, 9 or equivalent certificate required to perform animal studies in the Netherlands.

       Experience with basic administration techniques, necropsy procedures, sample collection and processing.

       Experience with design, planning and reporting of mouse studies.

Not required, but advantageous:

       Experience with complex administration techniques (intracerebral), use of anesthesia/analgesia and surgical procedures.

       Experience with writing animal experiment permits (conform Dutch legislation).

Skills and competencies that are required for making the difference:

·       Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within and across teams.

·       Excellent and effective communication skills.

·       Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.

·       Excellent knowledge of the principles of the 3Rs.

·       To work in a fast-pace environment on multiple projects (different therapeutic areas) at the same time.

·       To design, plan, execute and document experiments.

·       To develop and document new methods and procedures.

·       To analyze experiment data and to prepare reports using appropriate software packages.

·       To take care of laboratory and sample organization and related administrative tasks.

ProQR as an employer

As an employer, we are a true believer ofthe value of a workforce in which people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to develop themselves, personally and professionally. We believe that happy and energized people, working well together in an environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal and awesome things.

We are committed to ensure that no employee, candidate or job applicant receives less favorable treatment on the grounds of race, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership status. At ProQR we want to create an inclusive culture where everyone can be valued for who they are and in which individual differences and the contributions in all forms are recognized and valued.


We offer an exciting and innovative working environment in a very committed organization, with the following benefits:

       A competitive salary

       8% holiday allowance

       30 vacation days

       An annual performance bonus

       Stock options

       A premium-free pension plan

       A commuting allowance

       A subsidized staff restaurant

       Flexible working arrangements

       Unlimited (un)healthy snacks and drinks

       Employee events (boot camp, Hipster café and other social events)


Do you think you can contribute in achieving our mission? If so, we’re looking forward to receiving your application by filling out our application form.

You can contact Silvia Catellani via recruitment@proqr.com if you have any questions.

Please note that a screening is part of our selection procedure.

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