PhD Position in Textile Scaffold Development for Osteochondral Implants

Updated: 11 months ago
Deadline: 30 Nov 2017

The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has the following vacancy: PhD Position in Textile Scaffold Development for Osteochondral Implants.


Department of Biomedical Engineering

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Job description

About TU/e:

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.

About BME:

The Department of Biomedical Engineering 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.

About the BME Orthopaedic Biomechanics group:

This group combines the disciplines of engineering and biology to increase our knowledge of the adaptive, developmental and physiological nature of musculoskeletal tissues. This knowledge is then applied to explore and develop regenerative treatment strategies, currently applied to bone, articular cartilage, intervertebral disc and tendons/ligaments. The group consists of multi-disciplinary scientists and engineers at all levels employing numerical and experimental as well as engineering, imaging, biological and chemical techniques.

Importantly, this position will be seconded to the department Biohybrid & Medical Textiles of the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University and much of the research will be supervised by Prof. Stefan Jockenhövel.

About RWTH:

With its 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen is among the leading European scientific and research institutions. The work of the research centers of RWTH Aachen is closely oriented towards the current needs of industry. This leads to numerous developments that are patented and utilized. The University’s innovative capacity is further reflected in the high number of business start-ups (currently more than 1,400). As a result, around 32,000 jobs have been created in the region in the last 25 years. Furthermore, RWTH Aachen is the largest employer and education provider in the region. It will continue to play a decisive role as a driving force in influencing and shaping this high-tech region in the future. The University as a workplace is exciting and multifaceted, and its lively academic landscape continually keeps up with the times. RWTH Aachen University relies on its outstanding and diversely qualified staff to face and accomplish daily challenges. University employees have the possibility to grow and expand their abilities through comprehensive staff development opportunities.

About the Dept. of Biohybrid & Medical Textiles (BioTex) at the Institut für Textiltechnik:

The transfaculty NRW Professorship in Biohybrid & Medical Textiles (BioTex) is a bridge professorship between the Institute for Applied Medical Engineering and the Institut für Textiltechnik at the RWTH Aachen University and is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Jockenhövel. The Dept. of Biohybrid & Medical Textiles  (BioTex) focuses on the development of fiber-based functionalities in order to comply with the biological requirements. Therefore, BioTex develops conventional materials with added functionality and analyzes novel polymers with regard to their properties as fiber material. In close collaboration with industry and clinical experts, BioTex is working on relevant medical products such as cardiovascular implants (heart valves, vascular grafts, stents), pulmonary implants (pulmonary stents, biohybrid & implantable lung), skin grafts, orthopaedic implants (bone, cartilage, ligament, intervertebral disc) as well as novel networked medical products.

About RegMedXB and InSciTe:

This vacancy is posted as part of RegMedXB, which stands for “Regenerative Medicine Crossing Borders”. RegMedXB is a virtual institute composed of universities, health foundations, governments and private companies in the Netherlands and Belgium. The partners work together to tackle some of the greatest challenges in regenerative medicine, while building a community of researchers and companies to realize health and economic benefits. For more information, please visit

This position is also part of the Chemelot Institute for Science & Technology (InSciTe), a public-private institute for developing smart healing biomedical materials for high quality, affordable healthcare. With its physical nucleus at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, it enables entrepreneurship, expertise, experimentation and education in an open innovation network. In this project, the founding partners, TU/e and DSM, will work together with other RegMedXB partners to achieve their phase-1 aim of bringing a functional regenerative osteochondral implant to first-in-man trials.

Job description

The project of this position concerns the development of a textile scaffold that restricts the swelling of an incorporated hydrogel as an essential part of an osteochondral implant. The implants consist of a cartilage part and an osteoconductive base, which will be developed in parallel before they are integrated. The cartilage approach uses a so-called “hydrospacer”, which is a spacer fabric that is filled with a swelling hydrogel. The swelling hydrogel and the fiber will together be responsible for the load-bearing properties.

Job requirements

We are accepting applications from enthusiastic candidates who are interested in a dynamic, stimulating and ambitious environment to perform their research. The candidate must have a masters degree in mechanical, biomedical or textile engineering, organic/polymer chemistry, biomaterials, tissue engineering or equivalent.

Candidates are expected to have experience with textile technologies, the principles of tissue engineering and medical implants. Experience with fiber spinning and warp knitting are highly appreciated. The candidate will be able to effectively communicate scientific ideas, foster collaboration and have a capability for independent thinking. Moreover, the candidate should be able to work independently within a dynamic team and be skilled in written and spoken English.

Conditions of employment

We offer you:

  • An exciting job in a dynamic work environment
  • The possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A fulltime appointment for four years at Eindhoven University of Technology ( )
  • The salary is in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities, increasing  from € 2,222 per month initially, to € 2,840 in the fourth year.
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including end-of-year bonus (8,3% in December), an extra holiday allowance (8% in May), moving expenses 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 should be addressed to prof.dr. Jockenhövel and prof.dr. Ito. Your application must include:  a one-page personal motivation letter, a CV including the names and contact details of two recent references, and university transcripts of the bachelors and masters study. 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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