Postdoctoral are invited to apply for competitive, fully-funded positions in bioengineering and islet transplantation research at the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine at Maastricht University (the Netherlands). At MERLN, we are committed to training the next generation of scientists in a state-of-the-art, hi-tech research environment that encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration and innovative research inspired by clinical need.
Selected candidates will work on a project to develop an islet delivery device made of microfabricated biomaterials suitable for transplantation of islets and beta cells. Funded by JDRF international, this ambitious project aims to facilitate the development of an improved transplantation therapy for type 1 diabetes.
We are an interdisciplinary and collaborative group working in the field of Type 1 diabetes. Our work spans biomaterials science, tissue engineering, 3D printing, microfabrication, cell biology, cell culture, biochemical analyses, immunohistochemistry, and high-end microscopy.
Working at MERLN means that you will join an international network of researchers of over 24 nationalities and spanning multiple disciplines. Our open, activity-based workspace allows for the dynamic and collaborative exchange of ideas, and enables you to work alongside colleagues from different working groups.
Your training beyond doing scientific research will encompass teaching activities, weekly symposia, skill trainings, and personal development activities. You will become familiar with a wide array of modern technologies and laboratory techniques from a range of different disciplines. You will have the opportunity to present your research to the institute on many occasions and receive feedback from colleagues. We heavily support grant writing and peer review and will help ambitious candidates in their personal development to establish themselves as an independent scientist.
Your profile: We are looking for new colleagues with outstanding research skills, motivation, enthusiasm, ambition, and team spirit. You should have a demonstrated affinity for bioengineering, should be a creative multidisciplinary thinker, and should be prepared to work on in vivo models. You have excellent communication skills. You are drawn to translational research and enjoy the challenge of tacking ambitious and challenging problems with your research. You are prepared to work in a dynamic and collaborative environment.
Background and skills: Candidates with a background in biomedical engineering, or the biomedical sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates with different backgrounds who are looking for a new challenge and have an interest in type 1 diabetes are also welcome. Experience with animal studies is preferred but not required. If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible to apply, don’t hesitate to send us an email.
Qualifications: Candidates applying should have obtained their PhD in a relevant discipline. Candidates who do not yet possess a PhD but are expected to finish their thesis shortly are welcome to apply for a Postdoc position, but should clarify the timeline for completion in their cover letter.
Language: Good command of the English language is essential, as it is the language used in the workplace. Knowledge of Dutch is not required.
The salary will be set in Postdoc salary scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities (between €2640 gross per month and €4166 depending on level of experience). On top of this, there is an 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance. The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO), supplemented with local MU provisions. For more information, look at the website www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees
Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 16,300 students and 4,300 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
The successful candidate will join the laboratory of Dr. Aart van Apeldoorn in the Department of Complex Tissue Regeneration at the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine (merln.maastrichtuniversity.nl). The MERLN Institute is newly opened at Maastricht University. We are a collaborative, international, and interdisciplinary group with diverse expertise, including biomaterials, chemistry, tissue engineering, and cell biology. We share newly renovated laboratory facilities with modern equipment. We have a long history as leaders in the field of tissue engineering and are particularly well-known for our orientation towards translational research. MERLN promotes an equal opportunity environment. Hence, we will consider every candidate and do not discriminate based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.
Project DescriptionThe biggest challenge in beta cell replacement therapy for treatment of type 1 diabetes is delivery of donor islets, or de novo stem cell derived beta cells without immunosuppressive therapy. The insulin producing beta cells require a specific microenvironment and ample supply of oxygen and nutrients in order to secrete insulin over a long period. Immunoprotective delivery devices (encapsulation) can help overcome this challenge by shielding the transplanted tissue from the host's immune system. In this project we aim to further optimize a microwell beta cell delivery device previously developed with the help of JDRF into a preclinical clinically relevant transplantation model.
For more information, please visit: www.regmedxb.com, other information: www.aartvanapeldoorn.com, https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research. The work is done in collaboration with the Leiden University Medical Center, so we expect candidates to work in a highly multidisciplinary team.
Complete applications should include the following documents:
- Your CV
- A one-page motivational letter where you elaborate on your motivation and relevant experience, and indicate your preferred start date.
- An electronic copy of 1-2 of your best papers, or a copy of your PhD thesis
- The names and contact information of at least two references
We look forward to reading your applications.
Candidates should expect to hear from usually within two weeks after the submission deadline has passed. Skype interviews will be scheduled soon afterwards. Successful candidates will be invited to attend day-long, in-person interviews at MERLN; if you are applying from abroad you may be eligible to receive sponsorship for your travel fees.
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Maastricht University is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture and a welcoming atmosphere. This inclusiveness strategy has resulted in a very diverse representation of nationalities and cultures. We strongly believe that diversity (including, but not limited to nationality, age and gender) of the staff and student population will increase the quality of UM education & research. Fostering diversity and inclusivity creates an academic community where individual talents thrive, and values and differences are cherished. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are qualified for this position.
Make sure to apply no later than 25 Nov 2018.