PhD-student Advanced Bioadhesives for Lung Tissue

PhD-student Advanced Bioadhesives for Lung Tissue

Published Deadline Location
26 Apr 31 Jul Enschede

Job description

The prospective PhD candidate will operate as member of a recently awarded consortium. The PhD candidate position is available immediately. In this project, novel lung adhesive biomaterials will be developed for realization of an innovative treatment of lung diseases and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in particular. This approach represents a beyond-state-of-the-art solution with huge clinical potential, which the candidate will contribute by developing and testing a crosslinkable hydrogel that is adhesive to either lung tissue or lung mucus. In collaboration with University Medical Centre Groningen the hydrogel will be thoroughly analyzed using advanced in vitro models and even human lung tissue.

The aim of the presently available PhD-position is to develop and incorporate various lung adhesive moieties onto crosslinkable polymer backbones and perform analytical, rheological, tissue adhesive, and cytocompatibility studies on the resulting materials. After lead candidate selection, you will collaborate with a cell biologist from University Medical Centre Groningen to determine preclinical performance of the resulting adhesive biomaterial. You will therefore work on the multidisciplinary interface of polymer chemistry, materials science, tissue engineering, and minimally invasive lung treatment. This will develop a wide skill set which will include synthesis of modified polymers, hydrogel development, biomaterials characterization, rheological expertise, and cell culture and differentiation as well as writing of high impact scientific publications.


University of Twente (UT)


  • You hold a master's degree in polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, or materials science, 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 polymer chemistry, material characterization, cell-biomaterial interaction, and pulmonological applications;
  • You have experience in polymer synthesis, tissue adhesives, material synthesis/characterization, and/or material visualization techniques. Experience in hydrogels, cell culture, and rheological analysis will be considered as a benefit;
  • You have affinity for working with native (animal) tissue samples to test the performance of developed materials;
  • 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.

Conditions of employment

  • Fully paid fulltime position for four years
  • The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment.
  • The PhD salary is € 2.541,- in the first year and increases to € 3.247,- in the fourth year.
  • 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 within Graduate School Twente.
  • The number of holiday hours for full-time employment is 232 hours per calendar year.
  • A personal development program within the Twente Graduate School.
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid)
  • Free access to sports facilities on campus
  • The flexibility to work (partially) from home
  • The University offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues


The PhD-candidate will work in the Leijten Lab and the Paez Lab, which are both part of the department of Developmental Bioengineering. The department of Developmental BioEngineering is a research group with a highly international character. Our main goal is to investigate and explore the potential of novel (micro)technologies in the field of Regenerative Medicine. Our department 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. DBE is distinguished as a Centre of Excellence and part of the Technical Medical Centre of the University of Twente, which is widely recognized for its cutting-edge developments in biomedical technology and advanced biomanufacturing.

Additional information

Your reaction should include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation, a detailed CV, and an academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education. 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 (

Please apply via the button below.


  • PhD
  • Health
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €2541—€3247 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1214


University of Twente (UT)

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Make sure to apply no later than 31 Jul 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).