The School for Mental Health and Neurosciences/department Toxicogenomics, has a vacancy for a PhD Candidate, 38h per week, 4 years, in the EU-funded project GYM (Generate Your Muscle)

Updated: 27 days ago
Deadline: 07 Feb 2021

The School for Mental Health and Neurosciences/department Toxicogenomics, has a vacancy for a PhD Candidate, 38h per week, 4 years, in the EU-funded project GYM (Generate Your Muscle)
The School for Mental Health and Neurosciences/department Toxicogenomics, has a vacancy for a PhD Candidate, 38h per week, 4 years, in the EU-funded project GYM (Generate Your Muscle)
Published Deadline Location
22 Jan 7 Feb Maastricht

GYM (Generate Your Muscle) aims to develop and commercially produce a stem cell therapy for recovery of muscle mass and strength in patients with muscle disease and muscle breakdown. The treatment consists of administering large numbers of healthy, autologous muscle stem cells, called mesoangioblasts, as autologous somatic Cell Therapy Medicinal Product (asCTMP), to the patient's blood. These mesoangioblasts migrate via the blood to the affected muscle, where they grow into healthy muscle fibers, thereby compensating the loss of muscle mass and muscle power.
Job description

The PhD student will concentrate on 2 topics in this project:

  • Large groups of patients with a broad variety of diseases, like cancer, sarcopenia and stroke, suffer from loss of muscle mass and muscle power. Mesoangioblast will be collected from these patient groups to determine their therapeutic potential and suitability for a clinical trial.
     
  • Culture condition for the mesoangioblasts will be enriched with components that optimize and stimulate cell proliferation and that improve their energy capacity, thereby increasing speed and regenerative potential, and reducing costs of the asCTMP production.

  • Specifications
    • 38—40 hours per week
    • €2395—€3061 per month
    • Maastricht View on Google Maps

    Maastricht University (UM)


    Requirements
    • Experience in regenerative medicine, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics or a related field.
    • Practical experience with (adult) stem cell culture and in vitro analyses.
    • Experience with METC applications and patient-related research, preferably clinical trials.
    • Team player with excellent English communication skills.

    Conditions of employment

    Fixed-term contract: 48 months.

    The full-time position is offered for four years (1+3), with a yearly evaluation. Your salary would be € 2.395,- gross per month in the first year up to € 3.061,- gross per month in the fourth year according to the PhD-candidate salary scale. On top of this, there is an 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance.

    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 http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees .


    Employer
    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 20,000 students and 4,700 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.


    Additional information

    For information please contact prof. dr. Bert Smeets (bert.smeets@maastrichtuniversity.nl) or dr. Florence van Tienen (florence.vantienen@maastrichtuniversity.nl).



    Application procedure

    You can send your application, with a current CV and motivation letter, to: hrm-rw-vacatures@maastrichtuniversity.nl .

    Please mention also the vacancy number/job number (AT2021.17) and the project name in your application.

    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

    hrm-rw-vacatures@maastrichtuniversity.nl

    Don't forget to mention AcademicTransfer and the job number: AT2021.17 in your letter.


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