PhD-candidate position | Pharmacology and Toxicology

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: 19 Nov 2023

30 Oct 2023
Job Information

Maastricht University (UM)
Research Field

Medical sciences
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

19 Nov 2023 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Job Description

The Dutch Research Counsel (NWO) has recently granted a subsidy to a consortium of researchers to carry out the so-called CAREFREE (Creating A healthieR Environment for FutuRE patiEnts) project. The project leader is Prof. Dr. Nicole D. Bouvy from the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC). The composition of the consortium can be viewed on this NWO webpage . We are looking for a PhD student who wants to strengthen this team.

The general aim of this project is to determine how the organization of patient care in the hospital can be optimally adjusted to reduce the environmental impact as much as possible. The project will involve a detailed multidisciplinary analysis of the entire environmental impact of what is necessary to perform a general surgical procedure (specifically, the removal of the gallbladder through a laparoscopic procedure). At the same time, we will explore what adaptations could (or should) be made to minimize the environmental impact of this procedure. This includes assessing the spaces, materials, and medications required for the operation, as well as considering medical ethical choices (is the surgery necessary?) and potential behavioral adjustments by patients and physicians that can contribute to reducing the CO2 footprint of this complex process. A multidisciplinary team of PhDs and postdocs will collaborate on this project.

The work package of the PhD student involves creating a comprehensive mass balance of the medications used in such an operation. This includes anesthesia agents, muscle relaxants, and antibiotics, among others. It is not only important to quantify the CO2 footprint of the incoming materials but also to assess the potential environmental impact of medication residues that through the patient's urine or the disposal of medication, via the hospital sewage and waste water treatment plant, ultimately reach the surface waters. Methods will need to be developed to measure the concentrations of these medications or residues at various locations.

Specific Requirements

Job Requirements

We are seeking responses from a PhD candidate with an affinity for this issue and a master in (bio)medicine, pharmacy, or environmental/aquatic toxicology. The candidate should possess strong communication skills because collaboration will take place with various parties in different hospitals and institutions (e.g., water authorities). Therefore, being proficient in the Dutch language or willing to learn the Dutch language as well as having solid knowledge of pharmacology and chemical analytical techniques is highly recommended.

Additional Information

What we offer

As PhD-candidateat Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:

  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in scale P according to UFO profile Promovendus, with corresponding salary based on experience ranging from €2770,00 and €3539,00 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An employment contract for a period of 12 months with a scope of 1,0 FTE. Upon a positive evaluation, an extension of 3 years will follow.
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'.
    The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, click here .

Additional comments


Are you interested in this exciting position but still have questions? Feel free to contact Dr. Ben Janssen at [email protected] for more information.


Or are you already convinced and ready to become our new PhD-candidate? Apply now, no later than October 31st, for this position.

An orientation day can be part of the application procedure.

The vacancy is open for internal and external candidates. In case of equal qualifications, internal candidates will be prioritized.

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.

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Maastricht University
Postal Code
P. Debyelaan 25

Where to apply



Minderbroedersberg 4
Postal Code

6211 LK


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