Postdoctoral researcher for the University Eye Clinic Maastricht (cell biology, biochemistry or related field) to develop new, personalized treatments for glaucoma

Postdoctoral researcher for the University Eye Clinic Maastricht (cell biology, biochemistry or related field) to develop new, personalized treatments for glaucoma

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29 Oct 29 Nov Maastricht

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The eye disorder glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Vision loss results from degeneration of the optic nerve and loss of retinal ganglion cells, the specialized retinal neurons that transmit the visual information from the eye to the brain. Current state-of-the-art treatments often fail to halt the disease. While the pathophysiology is not known in detail, glaucoma certainly is a heterogeneous disorder. Thus, it is required to characterize patients extensively and to diversify and personalize the treatment.

Job description

The postdoc will help to build a glaucoma research center which employs biochemical analysis of blood and aqueous humor samples, and in vitro assays on patient cells to assess patients’ individual glaucoma profile. An important task of the postdoc will be to establish in vitro glaucoma models using cells of patients, including retinal cells derived from iPSCs. These in vitro models will be used to develop and select appropriate treatment options. The postdoc will work in a team of glaucoma specialists, senior scientists, PhDs and technicians.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • PhD degree in cell biology, biochemistry, pharmacy or related field.
  • Preferably a few years of experience as postdoc.
  • Experience in cell culture, preferentially in differentiation of stem cells.
  • Expertise in in vitro disease modeling.
  • Preferentially experience with “omics” and biomarker studies.
  • Excellent communication skills since team members have diverse backgrounds.
  • We are looking for an enthusiastic, independent researcher who will use the freedom and opportunities that are offered to create his or her own research line, while motivated to make a difference for the patient.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year, with the possibility of extension (1+3 years).

"We offer a temporary position of 4 years (1 +3). After this period a tenured position will be considered. " 

Depending on experience and qualification, the gross monthly salary is scale 11 (max. € 5.127,-).

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > Support > UM employees.


Maastricht University

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 18,000 students and 4,400 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.


School for Mental Health and Neuroscience

The University Eye Clinic Maastricht is an integrated academic organization where excellent care, scientific research, knowledge transfer and organizational innovations are brought together. Academic visionary entrepreneurship has led to an ophthalmic care organization, with practices in Maastricht, Heerlen, Kerkrade, Brunssum and Weert. Permanent investments are made in personnel and equipment to secure the academic status.  

The University Eye Clinic Maastricht is located in a stand-alone 7-storey building with a focus on infrastructural environment. A balanced and calming appearance is very important when approaching patients who we know to have great fear of low vision and blindness.

An optimal infrastructure has been created for professionals working in eye care. For example, there is a separate floor for ophthalmic function examinations, the clinic has all modern diagnostic equipment and there are 28 consultation rooms. Surgical interventions take place in our own OR department with a day care center and 4 fully equipped, up-to-date operating rooms.

The University Eye Clinic Maastricht has opted for two top referral functions, namely Glaucoma and Cornea. Our innovative scientific research is particularly focused on these. Most research activities are performed within the Research School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNs).

Within our Clinic, a team of 24 ophthalmologists, 24 ophthalmologists in training, 3 senior researchers, a varying number of PhD students are working closely together. In total over 200 employees are working in the Clinic.

Maastricht is located in the heart of the Euregion and offers everything you could wish for in terms of working, housing and living!  and  (



  • Postdoc; Research, development, innovation
  • Health
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €3746—€5127 per month
  • Doctorate
  • AT2020.306


Maastricht University (UM)

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