Open position for a PhD candidate on “developing next generation of precision biomaterials for tissue regeneration applications”

Updated: 7 months ago
Deadline: 25 Oct 2020

Open position for a PhD candidate on “developing next generation of precision biomaterials for tissue regeneration applications”
Open position for a PhD candidate on “developing next generation of precision biomaterials for tissue regeneration applications”
Published Deadline Location
9 Oct 25 Oct Maastricht

PhD MERLN Institute, division Instructive Biomaterials Engineering
Job description

Job description

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.

About MDR program:

The Research Center for MDR ( ) is a partnership between Eindhoven University of Technology, Maastricht University and Utrecht University, University Medical Center Utrecht and the Hubrecht Institute. This consortium was brought together to advance tissue and organ regeneration approaches with the use of instructive biomaterials and funded by the ministry of education, culture and science of The Netherlands in the framework of the Gravitation program. The interdisciplinary team of researchers within the MDR consortium aims to focus on the research and development of new, intelligent materials that stimulate the regeneration of damaged or diseased tissues and organs.


  • Maastricht View on Google Maps

Maastricht University (UM)


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), (micro)fabrication  and tissue regeneration 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.


What we offer:

We offer an interdisciplinary and collaborative PhD project embedded into a highly international institute, which is one of the worldwide leading research institutions in the tissue regeneration field. Our modern laboratories include labs for materials synthesis and characterization, biofabrication/-printing, (clean room) micro-/nanofabrication, microfluidics, cell culture, histology, molecular biology, imaging/microscopy, all provided with latest-state-of-the-art equipment.


Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 + 3 years.

We offer full-time employment for a PhD candidate. The appointment will be for a period of 1 years and will be extended for another 3 years after positive evaluation.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU). The salary is set in scale PhD of the CAO NU (€2.395,00 - €3.061,00)

Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website  > Support > UM employees.

Maastricht University


Maastricht University (UM, ) is renowned for its unique, innovative problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. The university has around 18,000 students and 4,400 employees. Reflecting UM's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties, the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, the Faculty of Law, the School of Business and Economics, the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.


MERLN Institute, division Instructive Biomaterials Engineering

The researcher will be embedded in the Department of Instructive Biomaterials Engineering (IBE) at the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine. The research at MERLN ( ) is focused on developing novel and breakthrough technologies to advance the field of repair and regeneration of functional tissues and organs. The research at IBE department ( ) focuses on development of smart biomaterials for regenerative medicine.

Additional information

 To apply:

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.

For more information, you can contact one of the project supervisors:

-        Prof. Dr. Roman Truckenmüller ( )

-        Prof. Dr. Pamela Habibovic, ( )

-        Dr. Niloofar Tahmasebi ( )


Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.


Apply via postal mail
Apply via postal mail

Don't forget to mention AcademicTransfer and the job number: AT2020.285 in your letter.

Back to the vacancy
View or Apply

Similar Positions