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Postdoctoral Researcher at Science and Technology – Dept. Developmental Bioengineering

Postdoctoral Researcher at Science and Technology – Dept. Developmental Bioengineering

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 3,877 - € 5,090
  • Deadline
    31 Oct 2023

The prospective postdoc will operate as member of a NWO-XL consortium. The postdoc position is available immediately. In this project, we investigate and improve the chondrogenic differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells within engineered 3D microenvironments at single cell resolution. This project is a collaborative efforts which is a supported by various other groups including a mathematician and systems biologist at University of Twente as well as a geneticist and cell biologist from Leiden University Medical Centre.

The aim of the presently available PhD-position is use state-of-the-art in-house developed microfluidic devices to produce micrometer-sized hydrogels containing a single induced pluripotent stem cells. Specific attention will be given to the material engineering of desirable properties that guide the survival and function of the microencapsulated cells. The resulting micromaterials will be analyzed in depth based on rheology and cellular performance. After lead candidate selection, you will collaborate with a cell biologist from Leiden University Medical Centre to differentiate the induced pluripotent stem cells into the chondrogenic lineage. You will therefore work on the multidisciplinary interface of materials science, tissue engineering, polymer chemistry, and stem cell biology. This will develop a wide skill set which will include synthesis of modified polymers, hydrogel development, biomaterials characterization, microfluidic devices, rheological expertise, and cell culture and differentiation as well as writing of high impact scientific publications.

Your profile

  • You hold a master’s degree in material science, micromaterials, or applied organic chemistry, or an equivalent master’s education;
  • You have excellent analytical skills and an innate ability for solution-oriented problem solving;
  • You have strong interests in advanced material science, polymer chemistry, material characterization, cell-biomaterial interaction, and cartilaginous applications;
  • You have experience in material characterization, polymer synthesis, rheology, and/or material visualization techniques. Experience in hydrogels, stress-relaxation of materials, culture of induced pluripotent stem cells, and microfluidic devices will be considered as a benefit;
  • You possess excellent social and communication skills, in academic as well as non-academic contexts.
  • You love working in a team in which fundamental and applied research cross-fertilize.
  • You have a creative and critical attitude, combined with perseverance and being flexible and stress-resistant.
  • You are fluent in English language skills, both in speaking and writing.

Our offer

  • Fully paid fulltime position for four years
  • The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment.
  • The postdoc salary ranges between € 3.877,- and € 5.090,- depending on experience (standardized scaling).
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • A professional and personal development program and a personal development program.
  • The number of holiday hours for full-time employment is 232 hours per calendar year.
  • A dedicated budget for the attendance of conferences to stimulate networking opportunities

Information and application

Your reaction should include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation, a detailed CV, and an academic transcript of M.Sc. education and PhD-degree. An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure. Please apply via the provided button below. 

For more information about the position, you are encouraged to contact Prof. Dr. Jeroen Leijten (jeroen.leijten@utwente.nl).

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About the department

The postdoc will work in the Leijten Lab, which is part of the department of Developmental Bioengineering. The department of Developmental BioEngineering is a research group with a highly international character and is recognized as a Centre of Excellence and part of the Technical Medical Centre of the University of Twente. Our main goal is to investigate and explore the potential of novel (micro)technologies in the field of Regenerative Medicine. Leijten lab has a strong history in the development of various biofabrication technologies and advanced biomaterials, which have been leveraged to create a family of next-generation bioinks for various biomedical applications and advanced biomanufacturing.

About the organisation

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

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Leijten, J.C.H. (Jeroen)

Leijten, J.C.H. (Jeroen)
Associate Professor

Leijten, J.C.H. (Jeroen)
Associate Professor

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The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

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1st interview.
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2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

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If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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