PhD student @ Maastricht University - campus Venlo

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Deadline: 16 Dec 2020

PhD student @ Maastricht University - campus Venlo
PhD student @ Maastricht University - campus Venlo
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17 Nov 16 Dec Venlo

Maastricht University Campus Venlo is looking for a PhD student for the project entitled ‘Food and Vitality’
Job description

Maastricht University campus Venlo focuses on food, nutrition and health. The first life sciences research program that started was the Centre for Health Eating & Food Innovation (HEFI).

HEFI investigates the effects of healthy foods, builds up knowledge about the health effects of food and the development of new nutritional products. The human intervention research in this centre takes place in the research line Food Innovation and Health. This group studies the effects of food innovations on the prevention and treatment of metabolic diseases and related symptoms.

The project

The research line Food Innovation and Health is strongly embedded in the region. As a partner of the Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, part of the research is constructed with governmental bodies and relevant companies, in a triple helix structure. The PhD candidate will work on the following project.  

Food and Vitality

Food is a key regulator of human health. Specific food products and its ingredients, such as fruit and more specifically dietary polyphenols, are involved in maintaining metabolic health, and optimising vitality over the life span. In this research project, we will assess the capacity of targeted food interventions to enhance skeletal muscle function and improve metabolic health in human participants. To this end, a series of human in vivo intervention studies will be conducted, and in vitro research will be performed to elucidate the underlying mechanisms using dedicated cell lines and standard cell and molecular biology techniques.

The work in this project includes, but is not limited to, setting up and running human intervention studies, performing in vitro studies, analyzing biomarkers in biological specimen, performing statistical analyses on study outcome parameters, producing scientific manuscripts and submitting these for publication in international peer reviewed scientific journals, and academic teaching at Maastricht University Campus Venlo (approximately 0.1 fte).

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Maastricht University (UM)


We are looking for a PhD-candidate with the following required and preferred qualifications:


·         MSc in Medicine/Physician Clinical Researcher, Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, Health Food Innovation Management or related discipline;

·         Cell culture experience (a SMT certificate is required);

·         Experience in cell and molecular biological techniques like qPCR;

·         Advanced skills in biostatistics;

·         Team player;

·         Excellent communication skills;

·         A project- and results-oriented way of working with a planned and pro-active approach;

·         Ability to work with human volunteers in the setting of human dietary intervention studies;

·          Proficiency in English, in speaking as well as in academic writing.


·         Experience in human intervention research;

·         Experience in biochemical assays;

·         Very good to excellent academic writing ability;

·         Proficiency in Dutch, to be able to work in a clinical setting with regional study participants.


Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: Temporarily, one year, with a three year extension upon proper functioning. Anticipated starting date: February 01, 2021 (or sooner if possible).

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > Support > UM employees .

Your salary will be based on the VNU salary for PhD student starting at € 2.395,-- and increasing to € 3.061,-- gross per month over the course of the 4-years PhD project, according to salary-scale P0-P3. On top of this, there is an 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance.

The contract is initially for a period of 1 year, after which the candidate will be evaluated and a decision will be made to continue or discontinue the PhD trajectory.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website .


Maastricht University

Maastricht University 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. Maastricht University has around 18,000 students and 4,400 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Campus Venlo/Villa Flora

Maastricht University Campus Venlo/Villa Flora

The research facilities of Maastricht University - campus Venlo are located in Villa Flora in Venlo. The building has been transformed into a site where numerous parties join together in research on healthy food. The Maastricht University facilities are, with approx. 600 m2, the largest in Villa Flora, and have been in use only since Jan 2018. The brand new facilities are state-of-the-art, and are an excellent setting for the anticipated project. The group of Dr. Troost, where the research will be carried out, has a close collaboration with the Maastricht University Medical Centre+ and the VieCuri Medical Centre in Venlo. The research facilities include dietary intervention facilities, clinical intervention laboratories, an exercise physiology lab, analytical facilities, a molecular biology lab and a cell culture lab.


Additional information

For additional informatie please contact:

Dr. Freddy Troost

Maastricht University, Centre for Healthy Eating and Food Innovation

St. Jansweg 20, 5928 RC, Venlo, The Netherlands



Application procedure

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.

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