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Open position for a PhD candidate on the project “developing next generation of precision biomaterials for tissue regeneration applications”, as part of Materials-Driven Regeneration (MDR) Gravitation program

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    Maastricht University (UM)
    Medical sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    25/07/2021 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Maastricht


At the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine of Maastricht University, Department of Instructive Biomaterials Engineering (IBE), we currently have a vacancy for a PhD candidate with knowledge and expertise in biomaterials and biomaterials-driven tissue regeneration fields as part of the Materials-Driven Regeneration (MDR) program.

The current approach for designing new biomaterials follows a strategy of “one size/type fits all”. However, with increasing demand for patient-specific, personalized medicine, the need for “precision biomaterials” that are designed to satisfy the personal needs of patients has also been highlighted. In this PhD project, we aim to develop the next generation of precision biomaterials for applications in tissue regeneration by employing an engineering approach to control the biomaterials properties at different length-scales, for example at nanometer-scale by engineering the biomaterials’ chemical composition and at micron-scale by engineering their topology. The project aims to engineer a library of tailored biomaterials, to unravel the role of the materials’ properties in inducing specific biological responses and to ultimately be used as advanced functionalized precision biomaterials for specific tissue regeneration applications. The biomaterials shall in the first instance be developed for the regeneration of musculoskeletal tissues and tissue interfaces. However, throughout the project, the use of the precision biomaterials for the regeneration of other tissues may also be explored.

More Information


We offer a full-time temporary contract for a period of 4 years (initially 1 year, which will be extended for another 3 years after a positive evaluation at the end of the first year).

Your salary would be € 2.395,- gross per month in the first year up to € 3.061,- gross per month in the fourth year according to the PhD-candidate salary scale. An 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance is also provided. Each year an evaluation will take place.

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Selection process

To apply for the above mentioned position, please submit a formal enquiry with the following documents:

  • A letter of motivation;
  • Detailed curriculum vitae with the name(s) of one or two people who can provide a recommendation;
  • Higher education certificates including (bachelor and master) diplomas and transcripts with courses taken and marks achieved. For the students who still need to graduate, the bachelor and master transcripts will suffice.

You can send your application to: hrm-rw-vacatures@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

Please mention also the vacancy number/job number (AT2021.281) and the project name in your application.

Maastricht University is committed to promoting and nurturing a diverse and inclusive community. We believe that diversity in our staff and student population contributes to the quality of research and education at UM, and strive to enable this through inclusive policies and innovative projects led by teams of staff and students. We encourage you to apply for this position.


Additional comments

For more information, you can contact one of the project supervisors:
-          Prof. Dr. Roman Truckenmüller (r.truckenmuller@maastrichtuniversity.nl)
-          Dr. Niloofar Tahmasebi (z.tahmasebibirgani@maastrichtuniversity.nl)
-          Prof. Dr. Pamela Habibovic (p.habibovic@maastrichtuniversity.nl)

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

Your profile:

You should have a master degree in biomedical engineering with high affinity towards biomaterials. Candidates from related disciplines such as materials engineering/science or chemical engineering with a major in the above-mentioned field(s) are also welcome to apply. Interest and hands-on experience (e.g. through a master thesis) in the fields of biomaterials engineering (synthesis or functionalization, characterization and processing), tissue regeneration and (micro)fabrication are essential for successful conduction of the PhD project. Experience with data science approaches including big data analysis and with working in a microtechnology clean room is a plus. Good command of scientific English in terms of listening, speaking, reading and writing is indispensable.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Maastricht University
6229 ER
Universiteitssingel 40

EURAXESS offer ID: 662267
Posting organisation offer ID: 302630


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