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PhD Student Human Genetics m/f

The 'Brain-on-a-Chip' (BOAC) initiative within the context of the 'Netherlands Organ-on-Chip Initiative' (NOCI Consortium), financed by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) Gravitation programme, is looking for two talented PhD students to develop advanced next-generation human

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Albinusdreef, Leiden, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 uur
€ 2919 - € 2919 per maand


NOCI is a 10-year research programme, awarded by NWO in 2017 and is led by 6 leading researchers from 7 different institutes: Christine Mummery, programme leader (LUMC / Un. Twente), Albert van den Berg (Un. Twente), Hans Clevers (Hubrecht Institute), Cisca Wijmenga (UMC Groningen), Lina Sarro (TU Delft) and Michel Ferrari (LUMC in collaboration with Erasmus MC). NOCI is closely affiliated with the Human Organ and Disease Model Technologies Foundation (hDMT; www.hDMT.technology), in which 15 partner organizations work together to develop organ-on-chip models.
Our goal is to develop novel brain-on-chip platforms that allow us to better understand diseases of the brain, using beyond state-of-the-art technology for integrating human pluripotent stem cells within advanced microphysiological systems, through which we can uncover disease pathophysiology and initiate therapeutic discovery.


We are looking for two PhD students with a master’s degree in biology, chemistry, pharmacology, medicine, or technical sciences. Applicants with experience in growing stem cells, microelectronics and/or microfluidics are preferred. Interest in and experience with research in brain and/or blood vessels is recommended.

A flexible work approach and excellent written and oral communication skills (in English) are essential, as well as the ability to work effectively within a team. Above all, you are enthusiastic and result driven.


You will be employed on the basis of a 36-hour work week. You will be appointed for the duration of the programme. Your salary is € 2,279 gross per month in the first year, progressing to € 2,919 gross per month in the fourth year based on a full-time position (scale PhD students of the Collective Labour Agreement for University Hospitals).

The terms of employment offered by the LUMC are highly favorable. For example, you will receive 8% holiday remuneration, a year-end bonus, and a pension arrangement with the National Civil Pension Fund. Also, as employee of one of the University Hospitals in the Netherlands, you can benefit from our collective health insurance policy.

Moreover, the LUMC offers excellent facilities in the area of education, child-care centers, and career advice. In addition, you may enjoy various leave arrangements and other extras.

Additional information

If you have any questions, or if you want more information about this position, please contact Prof. A.M.J.M. van den Maagdenberg, department Human Genetics, telephone +31 (0)71 526 94 60.