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PhD in Signal Transduction at the Cell-Biomaterial Interface (V50.3927)

PhD in Signal Transduction at the Cell-Biomaterial Interface

Eindhoven University of Technology has the following vacancy at the department of Biomedical Engineering: PhD in Signal Transduction at the Cell-Biomaterial Interface.
Faculteit Biomedische Technologie


Eindhoven University of Technology is recruiting an ambitious PhD candidate who will study the transcriptomic landscape at the cell-biomaterials interface and experimentally investigate them in materials used in the field of regenerative medicine. The successful candidate is equally excited about computational analysis and lab work; she/he is passionate about molecular biology and has a desire to unravel biomolecular mechanisms. The research performed by the candidate is an essential link between biomaterial engineering and clinical application of biomaterials in regenerative medicine, which is the focus of the cluster Regenerative Engineering and Biomaterials.

Eindhoven University of Technology

TU/e is a University of Technology with a focus on Health, Energy, and Mobility. Within the Health area, several departments cooperate on topics such as Chemical Biology, Regenerative Medicine, Computational Biology, and Biosensing, with close links to healthcare and industry. TU/e is an open and inclusive university with short communication lines. The people are curious, collaborative, and strive for excellence. TU/e enables its academic staff to develop 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.

Biomedical Engineering

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) offers a research-driven BME Bachelor program and Masters in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Engineering in its Graduate Program. Its research areas range from Molecular Bioengineering and Imaging, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering to Biomedical Imaging and Modelling. The department has more than 800 students and up to 200 tenured and non-tenured employees.

Job description

Starting from an existing transcriptomic database, i.e. the Compendium for Biomaterial Transcriptomics a.k.a CBiT, the candidate will identify cell signaling events that are unique to cell-biomaterial interaction and will help us understand biomaterial-related issues such as fibrosis and infection, but also to provide guiding principles to engineer bio-active materials. The PhD candidate is expected to do scientific research in the field described above, write a doctoral thesis, and publish research results in scientific journals. An educational and professional development program is offered to all PhD candidates. You will also be  involved in teaching courses offered by the group, as well as contribute to the supervision of bachelor and master students.


What we are looking for:

We are accepting applications from enthusiastic and highly talented candidates who are interested in a dynamic, stimulating, and ambitious environment to perform their research. We are looking for candidates that meet the following requirements:

  • a background in Cell Biology (or similar) and interested in computational tools for hypothesis generation or in Bioinformatics (or similar) and interested to learn and master wet lab cell biology approaches to validate generated hypothesis.
  • Effective communication of ideas, foster collaborations, and have a capability for independent thinking.
  • work independently within a dynamic team and be proficient in written and spoken English.

The research will be conducted within the BioInterface Science (BIS) group in the Department of Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of prof.dr. Jan de Boer ( Research at BiS is dedicated to understanding and applying basic cell biological principles at the biointerfaces, especially for regenerative medicine. The research program is characterized by a holistic approach to both discovery and application, aiming at combining high throughput technologies, computational modeling, and experimental biology to streamline the wealth of biological knowledge to real clinical applications.


What we offer:

  • A challenging job at a dynamic and ambitious University and an enthusiastic team.
  • The appointment will be on a full-time basis for four years with a yearly evaluation.
  • Support with your personal development and career planning, including courses by offering every Ph.D. student a series of courses in the PROOF program as an addition to your scientific education.
  • Gross monthly salaries are by the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), increasing from € 2.325,= per month initially, to € 2.972,= in the fourth year.
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including excellent work facilities, support in moving expenses and commuting expenses, pension scheme, extra holiday allowance 8% in May, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% in December and excellent sports facilities.

Informatie en sollicitatie

How to apply:


If you would like to apply, please send us your application by using the 'apply now’ button on the TU/e website. Your application must include: 

  • One-page personal motivation letter.
  • CV including the names and contact details of two recent references.

Only complete applications will be considered. Screening of applicants will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled.

Please keep in mind: you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each.