PhD Biological aspects in the diagnosis & treatment of physio-pathological bone

PhD Biological aspects in the diagnosis & treatment of physio-pathological bone

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Job description

Age-related bone fractures pose significant global health challenges, encompassing economic and psychosocial burdens, heightened morbidity, and rising mortality rates. These fractures often stem from the interplay of aging, underlying bone pathologies, and potential Covid-19 links. Existing fracture prediction tools exhibit limitations, necessitating a thorough exploration of bone microarchitecture. Our objective is to enhance understanding of microscopic cellular and matrix distinctions between healthy and pathological bones through advanced characterization methods. This research will unveil the impact of pathologies such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and Covid-19 on bone cells and their functions. Additionally, we will evaluate the effects of drug therapies on bone cells using patient samples, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of how these treatments impact bone microstructure. To recreate human bone tissue microarchitecture, we will advance human in vitro models by combining advanced biomaterials, high-resolution biofabrication, and on-chip techniques. To address this challenge, we are looking for a highly motivated candidate to apply for a PhD position (project DC4) within the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network (MSCA DN) GAP, titled "Image-Guided Computational and Experimental Analysis of Fractured Patients." Within this large training network, you will be part of a cohort of 11 other PhD candidates distributed through a European network of leading bone research groups.


You will be enrolled at Eindhoven University of technology within the Bioengineering Bone and Biomaterials Design and Processing groups. Our mission is to advance the understanding of physiology, pathology, and regeneration through the development of 3D in vitro models of various tissues, with a heavy focus on bone, supported by the (bio)fabrication and application of biomaterials with various distinct structures and features to be used to create in vitro environments or graft materials. The Bioengineering Bone and Biomaterials Design and Processing groups are part of the Regenerative Materials and Engineering cluster of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. .

The department offers Bachelors and Masters education programs who are integrally linked to its research areas ranging across Chemical Biology, Biosensing, Biomaterials, Biomechanics Tissue Engineering, Computational Biology, Biomedical Imaging and Modelling, with 800+ students and 200+ academic staff. The university is open and inclusive with short communication lines. The people are curious, collaborative, and strive for excellence in research and education at an internationally renowned level. Our lively campus community facilitates connections between staff and students, in an open, friendly, vibrant atmosphere that welcomes and inspires.


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)


We are accepting applications from enthusiastic and highly talented candidates who meet the following requirements:
  • Experience and knowledge on Bone Tissue, Bone Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering, in vitro and ex-vivo Models, Biomaterials and 3D Printing is appreciated.
  • Can be of any nationality but must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and the1967 Protocol), compulsory national service, and/or short stays such as holidays are not considered.
  • Must meet the entry requirements for PhD enrollment. They must hold a 2nd Level Master's Degree (120 ECTS + 180 ECTS in a Bachelor Degree) or a Single Cycle Degree (minimum 300 ECTS), or a comparable university degree (Second Cycle qualification) in Biology, Biomedical engineering, Regenerative Medicine a comparable domain.
  • Must not have a doctoral degree at the date of their recruitment. Researchers who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will not be considered eligible.
  • Are required to be proficient in the English language (if not native speaker). English proficiency of short-listed applicants shall be assessed during the selection interview.
  • Has a research-oriented attitude.
  • Is able to work in a multidisciplinary and international research team.
  • Motivated to develop your teaching skills and coach students.
  • Are aware of and adhere to the principles set out in the Commission Recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers (link).

Conditions of employment

We offer a meaningful job in a dynamic, stimulating and ambitious team environment. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.


  • PhD
  • Health
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • University graduate
  • V50.7071


Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

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