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PhD position in Computational Systems Biology

We offer a PhD position in Systems Biology at the University of Twente (UT). The successful applicant will join the Applied Analysis (AA) group at the …

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Drienerlolaan, Enschede, Overijssel
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
40 - 40 uur
€ 2395 - € 3061 per maand


We offer a PhD position in Systems Biology at the University of Twente (UT). The successful applicant will join the Applied Analysis (AA) group at the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science. A strong collaboration with the Developmental BioEngineering (DBE) group is part of the position.

About the project:
Tissue engineering strategies have so far failed to succesfully make articular cartilage. The NWO project SCI-MAP explores the variability of cell differentiation using a systems biology approach. We work with biologists and tissue engineers to advance the use of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in the clinical setting of joint diseases by determining and understanding key modifiable factors that direct and maintain stem cell differentiation into chondrogenic lineages.

Computational models have the potential to transform experimental biology by describing and understanding observations and ultimately to predict cell behavior. You will work at the interface of applied mathematics and biology developing new models incorporating data from the consortium. Through simulations and numerical bifurcation analysis you will assist with the design of new biological experiments. The PhD project will be carried out under the supervision of Dr. Janine Post (DBE) and Dr. Hil Meijer (AA).


We look for a highly motivated, enthusiastic researcher who is driven by curiosity and:

  • Has, or will shortly acquire, a master's degree in Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, Systems Biology or a related field;
  • Has experience with mathematical modeling and/or numerical bifurcation analysis;
  • Has a strong interest in systems biology, or is willing to acquire such knowledge;
  • Experience in analysis of big data (transcriptomics, proteomics) and chondrogenesis/cartilage will be considered a benefit;
  • Is proficient in programming to solve complex problems with data and numerics;
  • Is a team player with good communication skills;
  • Is proficient in English, both spoken and written.


The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO) and include:
  • A fulltime PhD position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year;
  • Full status as an employee at the UT, including pension and health care benefits;
  • The salary will range from € 2.395 (1st year) to € 3.061,- (4th year) per month, plus a holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Excellent facilities for professional and personal development.

Additional information

Are you interested to be part of our team? Please send your application before 16-8-2021, and include:
  • A motivation letter explaining your interest and qualifications for this position;
  • A detailed CV (resume) and add a publication list when applicable;
  • A transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education;
  • We may request a TOEFL or IELTS score to verify sufficient skills in English.
An online assessment could be part of the application procedure.

For inquiries about this position and our offer, you can contact Dr. Hil Meijer (h.g.e.meijer@utwente.nl) or Dr. Janine Post (j.n.post@utwente.nl).