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Research groups: The PhD student will primarily be hosted in the laboratory of Cellular Genomic Medicine at the Department of Clinical Genetics, Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+) which aims to decipher the impact of different molecular layers on cellular identity and function at the early stages of human development. The laboratory actively strives translating the knowledge and the developed technologies into the clinic. For this project the PhD student will closely collaborate with the lab of Dr. Sabine van Rijt who are designing nanoprobes to allow lineage and cell tracing in embryos. During the PhD trajectory, the PhD student will also be seconded to UT and KI research groups led by Prof. Andres Salumets.
Job description: During the course of this PhD research, you will investigate cellular heterogeneity and lineage branching during preimplantation embryonic development. Specifically, you will use nanoprobes to profile different molecular layers, namely genome, methylome and transcriptome, of single cells derived from preimplantation human embryos. You will investigate the interplay and connectivity between these layers and how they influence commitment of cells to different cell lineages. Moreover, you will explore the correlation of these interactions with phenotypic features that are derived from radiomic data (e.g. blastocyst images).
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Fixed-term contract: 4 years.
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.
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.
For information about the School ODB see: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/school-oncology-and-developmental-biology
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