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4 Phd Candidates in Vascularized Tissue Engineering


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PhD positions
Engineering, Health
38.0 hours per week
€ 2191 - € 2801
University Graduate
University of Twente (UT)

Job description

The Vascularization Laboratory in the Department of Biomechanical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering Technology and MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine) at the University of Twente, The Netherlands has an opening for four PhD Candidates and 1 Post-doctoral fellow within the ERC project ’Vascular Tree Formation in Multi-Structural Tissue Engineering’.

Research project description
Engineered tissues offer a great promise to the field of medicine as an alternative for donor tissues. However, the integration of engineered tissues after implantation is limited due to the lack of a vascular network. Currently, strategies to include vascular networks rely on the spontaneous organization of vascular cells, or on the patterning of these cells. However, this results in either vascular networks that are not organized, or networks that lose their initial organization fast. This project will use a new approach to control vascular development. Fluid flows through engineered tissues will be designed and controlled to guide vascular organization. Apart from that, growth factors will be patterned in space and time to further direct the formation of a vascular network with a controlled organization. In parallel, computational models will be developed that can predict vascular organization and development based on processing parameters. Taken together, this project will result in a vascular network with a controllable long-term organization.

The present project will be conducted within the Vascularization Laboratory (www.vascularizationlab.com) and research facilities of MIRA (www.utwente.nl/mira/), and the Department of Biomechanical Engineering (https://www.utwente.nl/en/et/bw/About/RouwkemaJ/). In addition there are excellent opportunities for collaboration with several institutions abroad.


The successful applicant has a background in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, or in a closely related discipline. He or she should possess excellent skills and practical experience in one or more of the following research areas: cell and tissue culture, fluid flow and transport computational modelling, microfluidics, perfusion bioreactors, 3D bio-printing, photo-patterning of cell containing hydrogels, biomaterial modification. Experience at the intersection of one or more of these areas is desirable. Fluency in English is required. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

Information and application Questions regarding this positions can be directed to Jeroen Rouwkema, PhD, phone: +31-53-4896497, email: j.rouwkema@utwente.nl.

Please send your application with c.v. (including contact information for at least two academic references) and transcripts from your Bachelors and/or Masters degrees as a SINGLE PDF file. You can send your application through the button below, before 25 February 2017.

Conditions of employment

We offer a very challenging fulltime position for four years in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment. In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU) the gross monthly salary ranges from € 2.191,- in the first year to € 2.801,- in the fourth year. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus, and a number of additional benefits. Your main responsibility will be to carry out research, but you will be given the opportunity to acquire some teaching experience as well.


The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: MIRA, CTIT, SBE, and IGS.


Closing date: 25.02.2017
Closing date: 25 February 2017 Erschienen auf academics.de am 03.02.2017
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