PhD position on human cardiovascular in vitro models.

PhD position on human cardiovascular in vitro models.

Published Deadline Location
7 May 16 Jun Enschede

Job description

Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of disabling morbidity and mortality. Our mission at the University of Twente is to assess and optimize innovative medical therapies that can elicit favorable effects in the patients and promote heart recovery. For this purpose, this PhD is focused on developing an innovative and unprecedent in vitro cardiovascular twin model of the patient undergoing medical therapy, linking cardiovascular physiology with cell biology. The twin model will combine different in vitro techniques to offer a reliable experimental platform to test medical therapy both on patient hemodynamics and myocardial tissue mechanics. This innovative and unique twin model will provide an alternative low-cost, high throughput and ethically sustainable asset for cardiovascular therapy investigations, with the ultimate goal to foster the improvement of medical therapy and to replace animal experiments.

The work with be conducted in collaboration between two research groups, in a multidisciplinary environment. Join the CRPH and AST groups, and benefit from multidisciplinary team where clinicians, technical physicians, engineers, biochemists and biotechnologists converge.

We offer a young multicultural and collaborative working environment, encouraging interactions among team members, including PhD students, staff members, and principal investigator.


University of Twente (UT)


  • You are an enthusiastic and highly motivated researcher.
  • You have, or will shortly, acquire a master degree in the field of Biomedical Engineering or Technical Medicine.
  • You enjoy conducting in vitro research in the laboratory.
  • You have a multidisciplinary mindset and you are eager to work across different disciplines.
  • You have a good team spirit and like to work in an internationally oriented environment.
  • You are proficient in English.

Conditions of employment

  • A full-time position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year.
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU).
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary ranging from € 2770,- (first year) to € 3539,- (fourth year).
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme.
  • A minimum of 232 leave hours in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • Free access to sports facilities on campus.
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid).
  • You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision.

Additional information

Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via the 'Apply now' button below before 31st of May, and include:
  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages A4), emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications, motivations to apply for this position.
  • A Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses attended and grades obtained, and, if applicable, a list of publications and references.
  • An IELTS-test, Internet TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT), or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE). Applicants with a non-Dutch qualification and who have not had secondary and tertiary education in English can only be admitted with an IELTS-test showing a total band score of at least 6.5, internet. TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT) showing a score of at least 90, or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE).


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1780


University of Twente (UT)

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Drienerlolaan 5, 7522NB, Enschede

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Application procedure

Make sure to apply no later than 16 Jun 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).