Hypatia Tenure Track Grants

The Hypatia Tenure Track Grants of the Radboudumc aim to promote innovation in academic research by giving creative and talented researchers the opportunity to conduct their own research within the context of Radboudumc. The Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS)  invites researchers with several years of research experience at post-doctoral  level to apply for one of the Fellowship awards. This unique position is a five-year tenure-track, offering a special opportunity to establish an independent research group. It provides resources for the fellow, a technician or PhD student, materials and overheads. The grant is for a maximum of 1,000,000 euro in 4 years.

Preferred candidates should have obtained a PhD degree within the past 8 years and should have recent international experience. An excellent track record, sustained external funding and a robust research line are required.

After pre-selection, excellent candidates will be invited to propose a research program within one of the RUMC research themes. Researchers with a strong international record of creative, scientific accomplishments, and those with a novel approach to the discipline of molecular life sciences are particularly encouraged to apply.

For more information & application form see www.radboudumc.nl/hypatia

For queries contact: Dagmar Eleveld-Trancikova, RUMC Fellowship Admissions Officer


Schmidts , MiriamMiriam Schmidts 

Miriam Schmidts


Smeets , BartBart Smeets 

Bart Smeets


Huls, GerwinGerwin Huls 

 Gerwin Huls


Albers, Kees
Kees Albers 

 Kees Albers


Bogaart Geert vd
Geert van den Bogaart

Geert van den Bogaart obtained his PhD Cum Laude from the University of Groningen in biochemistry. He subsequently worked at the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Göttingen, Germany) where he studied the molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release, funded by a HFSP post-doctoral fellowship. As of October 2012, he joined the Tumor Immunology Department, where he will establish an independent research group to study the functional organization of the plasma membrane and intracellular trafficking in immune cells. In 2009 Geert was awarded the H.G.K.Westenbrink prize and in 2012 he received the Heineken Young Scientist award for Biochemistry and Biophysics. In 2013 Geert obtained a ERC Starting Grant.


Kamminga Leonie
Leonie Kamminga

Leonie Kamminga obtained her PhD from the University of Groningen for her work on hematopoietic stem cells and the genetics of aging. She did her post-doctoral training at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, where she worked on the identification and characterisation of a new class of germ line specific small RNAs (piRNAs). After obtaining the VENI award from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in 2008, she started her research on the epigenetic regulation of development. In March 2012 she joined the Department of Molecular Biology, where she established an independent research group. In 2013 Leonie obtained the VIDI award from NWO.


Zhou, Jo
Jo Huiqing Zhou  

Jo Huiqing Zhou received her PhD degree with the topic on transcriptional regulation from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Afterwards, she did her post-doctoral training on transcriptional regulation by basal transcription factors at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Subsequently she joined the Human Genetics Department in the Radboud University Medical Centre, working on the molecular disease mechanism of p63 and related disorders. In 2011 she established her independent group in the Human Genetics Department, focusing on gene regulation network in p63-related disorders. Since March 2012, she has joined the Molecular Developmental Biology Department at the Radboud University Nijmegen, as an NCMLS/FNWI fellow. She is currently also affiliated with the Human Genetic Department at the Radboud University Medical Centre. In December 2012, she obtained ALW-MEERVOUD grant from NWO.


Nadif Kasri, Nael
Nael Nadif Kasri

Nael Nadif Kasri obtained his PhD from the Catholic University of Leuven for his work on understanding the regulation of intracellular Ca2+ channels by Ca2+ binding proteins. During his postdoctoral fellowship at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, US, he studied the role of Rho GTPase signalling in the context of synaptic transmission and plasticity. The research fellowship has allowed him to establish the neurobiology of intellectual disability group within the department of Cognitive Neurosciences, together with an additional FP7 Marie Curie grant.


Coolen, Marcel
Marcel Coolen

Marcel Coolen obtained his PhD from the Radboud University for his work on the molecular understanding of a rat model with schizophrenia-related features. During his postdoctoral fellowship at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia, he further specialized in the field of epigenetics and characterized the phenomenon of Long-Range Epigenetic Silencing (LRES) in cancer in which large chromosomal domains become epigenetically inactivated. The research fellowship has allowed him to establish the Human Epigenetics research group within the department of Human Genetics, together with additional funding from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO- Vidi), and an FP7 Marie Curie grant.


Rij, Ronald van
Ronald van Rij

Ronald van Rij obtained his PhD  Cum Laude from the University of Amsterdam on the role of chemokine receptors in AIDS pathogenesis. As a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), USA and at the Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht, the Netherlands, he worked on the function of the RNAi and miRNA pathways as antiviral defense mechanisms. Whether RNAi has natural antiviral activity in mammals is unclear. As of April 2008, he joined the Department of Medical Microbiology, where he will establish an independent research group to study the mechanism of RNAi-mediated antiviral defense, its role in viral pathogenesis, and its relation to other defense mechanism. In 2008 Ronald was also successful in obtaining a prestigious Vidi award from Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).


Schenck, Annette
Annette Schenck

Annette Schenck obtained her PhD from the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France, for her work on the molecular basis of Fragile X Syndrome. During her postdoctoral period at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, she unravelled the molecular and developmental function of a recently discovered endocytic organelle. The research fellowship has allowed her to establish her own research laboratory at Nijmegen's Human Genetics department. With further funding, such as the prestigious  VIDI and ASPASIA awards by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), her team and scope of research have quickly grown.