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Post-doctoral Researcher 1,0 fte, NUTRIM – School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism / Department of Human Biology / Built environment

The results from our research group Thermoregulation and Energy Metabolism identified an increasing number of environmental parameters that relate to metabolic health are translated for application in our daily living environment, i.e. the built ...

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Landelijk / geen vaste standplaats
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2588 - € 4028 per maand


Our research group Thermoregulation and Energy Metabolism at Maastricht University identified an increasing number of environmental parameters that relate to metabolic health. For example, we have shown that temporary mild cold increases energy expenditure in healthy subjects and insulin sensitivity in patients with diabetes. Another study at our lab indicated that the timing, intensity and color of light affects our sleep quality and well-being. We translate this basic information for application in our daily living environment, i.e. the built environment. In the coming years, we intent to study the effects of a dynamic thermal indoor environment and dynamic light conditions on human well-being, productivity and health on the one hand and building energy performance on the other hand. The studies will include a combination of health and lifestyle parameters, comfort parameters, and building technologies. Studies will be carried out within European Horizon 2020 projects and national TKI projects that are focussed on the interaction between users and building.

We are looking for an ambitious Post-doctoral research fellow with strong interest in the human factor within the built environment. Special interest with respect to the interaction of dynamic indoor environments and human well-being and health is required.

An interest in mathematical modelling for data handling and techniques is recommended.

The candidate will work on different projects and will be involved in the daily supervision of PhD and Master students who are involved in the performance of studies related to the research topic. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to write research grant proposals.

Additional to the research activities, the candidate will assist in day-to-day activities (teaching and educational supervision) at the Department of Human Biology and Human Movement Sciences


We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a recent PhD degree in building physics, mechanical or civil engineering, health sciences, biomedical sciences, or in a similar (life science) education. Previous experience with human participants is recommended.

A highly motivated candidate with a background in Physics, computer science or knowledge engineering is also encouraged to apply.


Your salary would be minimal € 2588 and maximal € 4084 gross per month (scale 10), based on education and experience.

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 www.maastrichtuniversity.nl , Support/UM employees/Employment conditions.

Additional information

The department of Human Biology and Movement Sciences is set within the NUTRIM research school of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at Maastricht University. Research within the department concerns all aspects of human health that are influenced by lifestyle factors, with a main focus on the role of nutrition and physical activity in human metabolism. Using a translational research approach, our mission is to improve our scientific understanding of the etiology of chronic (metabolic) disorders, enabling the development of effective lifestyle interventions to improve overall health, well-being, and physical functioning of our society.

For more detailed information about this vacancy, please contact:

Prof. Dr. Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt

Phone: +31 43 3881629.

Email: markenlichtenbelt@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 16,500 students and 4,000 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.

NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism - Department of Human Biology

NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism initiates and catalyzes translational research into nutritional health benefits and risks focusing on metabolic and chronic inflammatory diseases. Through its research master and PhD programme NUTRIM aims to educate scientists of high academic excellence and ambassadors to support and develop the filed of nutrition, metabolism and toxicology within and outside the Netherlands. 16 Biomedical, clinical, and behavioural-science departments are incorporated within NUTRIM. The school is a partner in the national Top Institutes TI Food&Nutrition, TI-Pharma and the Centre for Translational Molecular Medicine (CTMM). These unique consortia of government, industry and research aim to stimulate the transfer of knowledge generated in fundamental research to Dutch industry and thus to strengthen its innovative power and competitive strength.