Postdoc in Biomaterials Discovery

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 31 Mar 2020

Eindhoven University of Technology, Department Biomedical Engineering has the following vacancy: Postdoctoral research fellow in Biomaterials Discovery (V50.4311)


(Post-doctoral) Researcher


Department of Biomedical Engineering

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Job description

Eindhoven University of Technology is recruiting a postdoc who will study and engineer the interface between biomaterials and cells, in order to optimize the performance of shunts which are used to treat glaucoma patients. The successful candidate is equally excited about biomaterials engineering and cell biology; she/he is passionate about biomedical engineering and has a desire to bring ideas towards clinical translation. The research performed by the candidate is an essential link between biomaterial engineering and clinical application of biomaterials in regenerative medicine and is part of an interndisciplinary research project to bring a new generation of glaucoma shunts to the clinic.

Eindhoven University of Technology

TU/e is a University of Technology with a focus on Health, Energy, and Mobility. Within the Health area, several departments cooperate on topics such as Chemical Biology, Regenerative Medicine, Computational Biology, and Biosensing, with close links to healthcare and industry. TU/e is an open and inclusive university with short communication lines. The people are curious, collaborative and strive for excellence. TU/e enables its academic staff to develop research and education at an internationally renowned level. Our lively campus community facilitates connections between staff and students, in an open, friendly, vibrant atmosphere that welcomes and inspires.

The research will be conducted within the BioInterface Science (BIS) group in the Department of Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of prof.dr. Jan de Boer ( Research at BiS is dedicated to understanding and applying basic cell biological principles at the biointerfaces, especially for regenerative medicine. The research program is characterized by a holistic approach to both discovery and application, aiming at combining high throughput technologies, computational modeling, and experimental biology to streamline the wealth of biological knowledge to real clinical applications.

Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) offers a research-driven BME Bachelor program and Masters in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Engineering in its Graduate Program. Its research areas range from Molecular Bioengineering and Imaging, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering to Biomedical Imaging and Modelling. The department has more than 800 students and up to 200 tenured and non-tenured employees.

Job description

We are recruiting a postdoc for a period of two years to help design and produce a new generation of micro-patterned glaucoma shunts. The micropatterns are selected based on ongoing high throughput screens on our TopoChip platform, and should optimize the integration between the shunt biomaterial surface and the surrounding tissue. The candidate will bring her/his expertise in microfabrication to overcome the challenges to produce the shunts in the Microfab lab at TU/e and may also use the TU/e Nanolab facilities to achieve it.

Job requirements

We are accepting applications from enthusiastic and highly talented candidates who are interested in a dynamic, stimulating and ambitious environment to perform their research. We are looking for candidates that meet the following requirements:

  • A background in Biomaterials Engineering (or similar) with demonstrated skills in microfabrication.
  • An effective communication of ideas, foster collaborations, and have a capability for independent thinking.
  • Able to work independently within a dynamic team
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Conditions of employment

We offer

  • A challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious University and an enthusiastic team.
  • The appointment will be on a full-time basis for four years with a yearly evaluation.
  • Support with your personal development and career planning, including courses by offering every Ph.D. student a series of courses in the PROOF program as an addition to your scientific education.
  • Gross monthly salary is in accordance with scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), depending on experience between € 3.255 and € 4.274
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including excellent work facilities, support in moving expenses and commuting expenses, pension scheme, holiday allowance 8% in May, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% in December and excellent sports facilities.

Information and application

If you would like to apply, please send us your application by using the 'apply now’ button on the TU/e website. Your application must include: 

  • One-page personal motivation letter.
  • CV including the names and contact details of two recent references.

Only complete applications will be considered. Screening of applicants will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled.

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