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PhD candidate position on the role of enteric glia in the assembly and maintenance of the enteric nervous system

We are looking for a highly motivated and talented PhD candidate to investigate the role of enteric glial cells in the assembly and maintenance of the intrinsic neural circuits that regulate gastrointestinal function and homeostasis.

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Maastricht, Limburg
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur


During the course of this PhD research project, novel genetic and neurophysiological tools will be combined with cutting-edge live cell microscopy techniques to study the role of enteric glial cells in enteric neuron connectivity. You will make use of in vivo models to investigate how enteric glial cells adapt to safeguard gastrointestinal function and homeostasis. You will run a research project in an international multidisciplinary lab and collaborate with (inter)national research groups to complement the know-how within our research group with state-of-the-art external expertise. You will be involved in the guidance of master students, writing of papers and grant applications. You will participate in team meetings to update your research results, and in scientific seminars and conferences.

This PhD position is part of a NWO-funded Vidi project, entitled “Glia of the bowel, landscapers in the second brain” that was recently awarded to Dr. Werend Boesmans.


You have a MSc degree in biomedical sciences, bio-engineering, biology, biochemistry or medicine. You have good communication skills in spoken and written English and are motivated to work in a team. You have a hands on attitude and you are skilled to perform competitive research in an international context. Experience in molecular biology, microscopy, neuroscience and/or physiology is an advantage


Remuneration will be according to standard salary levels for PhD students starting with a salary of € 2.325,- with a yearly growth to € 2.972,- gross a month in year 4 (based on a full-time appointment.)

Each year the standard salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.

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 https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/support/um-employees

Additional information

Aanvullende informatie:

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: dr. Werend Boesmans (w.boesmans@maastrichtuniversity.nl). Interested candidates should send a letter of motivation, a detailed CV and the contact details of two referents.