PhD position on development of membranes for blood purification

PhD position on development of membranes for blood purification

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28 Oct 1 Dec Enschede

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Job description

Most patients with kidney failure receive dialysis therapy, because of a donor organ shortage. Unfortunately, current filters cannot remove all toxins from patients' blood, especially protein-bound toxins, leading to high mortality and poor quality of life. Moreover, dialysis therapy requires lots of water. This research project aims to develop new filters for improved and greener dialysis therapy and to assess their commercial and technological feasibility.


University of Twente (UT)


  • We require a candidate with a MSc degree in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, or related field. Knowledge or experience in membrane science and technology is preferred.
  • You should be able to work independently and have excellent theoretical, experimental, and writing skills. Excellent English writing and presentation skills are required.
  • You will mentor BSc and MSc students and work collaboratively with multidisciplinary team members. It is therefore essential to show willingness to look beyond disciplinary boundaries.

Conditions of employment

  • Fulltime position for 4 years
  • The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment.
  • The starting salary, depending on your experience, ranges between € 2.541,- and € 3.247,-
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • The number of holiday hours for full-time employment is 232 hours per calendar year.


The AOT consists of 3 research chairs:
(1) Biomaterials and regenerative medicine,
(2) (Bio)artificial organs,
(3) Engineered therapeutics.

Its mission is:
  1. To provide innovative technological solutions to patients suffering from chronic and malignant diseases to gain a longer, better, and healthier life.
  2. To provide excellent education to a new generation of professionals with interdisciplinary knowledge able to meet the needs for the next century related to patient treatment.
This mission is achieved through the application of state-of-the-art technologies at the interface of chemistry, biomaterials and membrane science, additive manufacturing, biofabrication, tissue engineering and nanomedicine. AOT combines unique expertise spanning the fields of (bio)artificial organs, targeted therapeutics and biomaterials and regenerative medicine. Our activities are embedded in challenging and interactive training programs for bachelor and master students and graduate and post-graduate students. We strive to implement innovative technologies from the benchtop to the clinic, and to valorize our findings via initiating new spin-off companies.

The University of Twente stands for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation, and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • 874


University of Twente (UT)

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Drienerlolaan 5, 7522NB, Enschede

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