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PhD candidate, Development of multimodal nanoparticle based cell tracking tools at the Institute MERLN, division Instructive Biomaterials Engineering

The successful candidate will join the laboratory of Dr. Sabine van Rijt in the Department of Instructive Biomaterials Engineering (IBE) in the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine (merln.maastrichtuniversity.nl). We are a collaborative ...

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Landelijk / geen vaste standplaats
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2222 - € 2840 per maand


Stem cell -based therapies that amplify the body’s natural repair processes hold the potential to address some of society’s greatest challenges, such as curing the chronic diseases and degenerative disorders that are increasingly prevalent in our ageing population. However, only a select few have been successfully translated into therapies that meet demands for safety and clinical efficacy. The lack of understanding of how in vivo stem cell-mediated regeneration occurs remains a significant bottleneck in devising better therapeutic strategies. Nanoparticles have emerged as ideal cell labelling tools as they can be precisely tailored in terms of chemical and physical properties. We seek a PhD student to develop multimodal nanoparticles for cell tracking in vivo. The project will involve nanoparticle synthesis, surface and core modifications and (in vitro) biological testing using stem cells.


We invite candidates with a university degree in chemistry, nanotechnology, chemical engineering or similar. Experience in nanoparticle synthesis and development and cell culture will be positively evaluated. We are looking for a new colleague with outstanding research skills, motivation, enthusiasm, ambitions and team spirit. The project will be collaborative and interdisciplinary, and will suit an ambitious candidate who likes a fast-paced environment. Excellent knowledge of scientific English for speaking, reading, and writing are required. Knowledge of Dutch is not required.


The full-time position is offered for four years (1+3 y.), with a yearly evaluation. Your salary would be € 2.222,- gross per month in the first year and up to € 2.840,- gross per month in the fourth year, according to the PhD candidate salary scale. 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-NU). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information, see www.maastrichtuniversity.nl > Support > UM employees

Additional information

The successful candidate will join the laboratory of Dr. Sabine van Rijt in the Department of Instructive Biomaterials Engineering (IBE) in the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine (merln.maastrichtuniversity.nl). We are a collaborative, international, and interdisciplinary group with diverse expertise, including chemistry, biomaterials, tissue engineering, and cell biology. We share newly renovated laboratory facilities with modern equipment. As this position is part of a larger grant, there will be cooperation with the MUMC hospital ophthalmology department.

For any questions, please contact Dr. Sabine van Rijt (s.vanrijt@maastrichtuniversity.nl).


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 Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Merln Institute for Technology Inspired Regenerative Medicine

The Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine (MERLN) strives for a leading position in the field of biomedical engineering by combining creative research with training an interdisciplinary generation of scientists. MERLN’s activities operate at the interface of biology and engineering and aim to maximise outreach at the level of public involvement, development, and the commercialisation of research. MERLN’s vision is based on sharing knowledge, infrastructure, and ambition. Research at MERLN is focused on developing novel and challenging technologies to advance the field of tissue and organ repair and regeneration. The strategy focuses on - but isn't limited to - the development of “smart” biomaterials which can trigger intrinsic tissue repair mechanisms mediated by the patient’s own cells. The primary focus of the research activities is on connective tissue repair and regeneration.