PhD candidate In Systems Medicine, Precision Diagnostics and Drug Repurposing

PhD candidate In Systems Medicine, Precision Diagnostics and Drug Repurposing

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The Department of Pharmacology and Personalised Medicine offers and attractive PhD position.

Job description

Located at the Randwyck Campus of Maastricht University, the Department of Pharmacology and Personalised Medicine, headed by Prof Harald HHW Schmidt, offers and attractive PhD position within The Euro-Global Platform for Mechanism-based Drug Repurposing,, and other upcoming projects.

You will lead and contribute to different collaborative projects in an interdisciplinary team. You will provide independent scientific and technical input as well as management support. This will entail project and experiment design, monitoring of project budget and project timelines, data analysis, professional documentation and reporting. We work with standard operation procedures (SOPs), Objectives and Key Results (OKR), daily Huddle meeting of the entire group and weekly face-to-face meeting with and your supervisor(s), up to three annual appraisal and staff development meetings. You will attend relevant conference in particular those to which you actively contribute in the form of a poster or talk. You will write, edit, and handle manuscripts for open access publications and funding applications. You will supervise BA and MA students and contribute up to 10% of your time to teaching, e.g., tutoring in predesigned problem-based learning courses.


Maastricht University (UM)


  1. A high degree of personal motivation and enthusiasm as evidenced by a track record in innovation and creativity, pro-activeness, and outcome orientation to achieve results at the highest possible quality level (master thesis, conference abstracts or other professional contributions)
  2. Highly developed management skills applied to personal time management, quality management, and project management.
  3. A solid set of skills and knowledge, e.g., practical and method skills in bioinformatics (R, Cytoscape), pharmacology, functional and diagnostic cell assays to a level that experiments and methods can be conducted and optimised independently, e.g. real-time RT-PCR, enzymatic assays, Western blotting, ELISA), theoretical and scientific skills (BA or MA in Bioinformatics or Pharmacology/Biomedicine/Medicine), and be auto-driven to train yourself on the job
  4. High social and team competence by excellent communication (huddle, journal club, project reviews) and interaction, team-orientation, and understanding the research group’s and its stakeholder views.

  • Experience in diagnostics, clinical trials, network science
  • Advanced knowledge in drug discovery & development

  • 5 Publications, 2 reviews are possible, 3 original papers, of all of these 3 first author publications;
  • Positive first year review;
  • Submit and be accepted for defence within 4 years max;
  • Contribute to all project reporting responsibilities of external funding.

Conditions of employment

What we offer

As PhD candidate at Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, you will be employed by the most international university in the Netherlands, located in the beautiful city of Maastricht. In addition, we offer you:
  • Good employment conditions. The position is graded in UFO profile PhD, with corresponding salary from €2770,00 and €3539,00 gross per month (based on a full-time employment of 38 hours per week). In addition to the monthly salary, an 8.0% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end bonus apply.
  • An employment contract for a period of 12 months with a scope of 1.0 FTE. Upon a positive evaluation, an extension of 3 years will follow.
  • At Maastricht University, the well-being of our employees is of utmost importance, we offer flexible working hours and the possibility to work partly from home if the nature of your position allows it. You will receive a monthly commuting and internet allowance for this. If you work full-time, you will be entitled to 29 vacation days and 4 additional public holidays per year, namely carnival Monday, carnival Tuesday, Good Friday, and Liberation Day. If you choose to accumulate compensation hours, an additional 12 days will be added. Furthermore, you can personalize your employment conditions through a collective labor agreement (CAO) choice model.
  • As Maastricht University, we offer various other excellent secondary employment conditions. These include a good pension scheme with the ABP and the opportunity for UM employees to participate in company fitness and make use of the extensive sports facilities that we also offer to our students.
  • Last but certainly not least, we provide the space and facilities for your personal and professional development. We facilitate this by offering a wide range of training programs and supporting various well-established initiatives such as 'acknowledge and appreciate'.

The terms of employment at Maastricht University are largely set out in the collective labor agreement of Dutch Universities. In addition, local provisions specific to UM apply. For more information, click here.


Maastricht University

Why work at Maastricht University?

At Maastricht University (UM), everything revolves around the future. The future of our students, as we work to equip them with a solid, broad-based foundation for the rest of their lives. And the future of society, as we seek solutions through our research to issues from all around the world. Our six faculties combined provide a comprehensive package of study programmes and research.

In our teaching, we use the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method. Students work in small groups, looking for solutions to problems themselves. By discussing issues and working together to draw conclusions, formulate answers and present them to their peers, students develop essential skills for their future careers.

With over 22,300 students and more than 5,000 employees from all over the world, UM is home to a vibrant and inspiring international community.

Are you drawn to an international setting focused on education, science and scholarship? Are you keen to contribute however your skills and qualities allow? Our door is open to you! As a young European university, we value your talent and look forward to creating the future together.

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Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

At the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML), everything revolves around healthy living. Our research and education are not solely focused on recovery, but place a strong emphasis on prevention, health preservation, and health promotion. Our aim is to use our knowledge and expertise to genuinely contribute to the well-being of individual people as well as society in total.

In, research, and healthcare, FHML is closely collaborating with the academic hospital in Maastricht, together forming the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+). FHML is strongly connected in education, research, and care with the Maastricht academic hospital, together with which it forms the Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+).

FHML, which is the largest faculty of Maastricht University, is formed by an (inter)national community of employees and students. The faculty offers a wide range of Dutch and English-taught bachelor's and master's programs in innovative educational concepts in which the emphasis is always on building bridges to practice.

The multidisciplinary research of the FHML focuses on a number of carefully chosen topical current themes. In addition to research aimed at gaining new insights, it also concerns research whose results can be directly translated into concrete applications and innovations. The implementation of the various research programs is organized in our six graduate schools and two institutes.


  • PhD
  • Health
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 401


Maastricht University (UM)

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