PhD Candidate Supramolecular Biomaterials at Leiden University

Leiden University is offering PhD position in environmental sciences. The funds for this position are available for three years. Applications should be sumbmitted as soon as possible.

Supramolecular materials are attractive for use in the biomedical area because of their capacity to be modular, mechanically tunable, responsive and biomimetic. This project explores their application as scaffolds for 3D cell culture in the differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS) to cardiomyocytes. Taking inspiration from the complexity of the natural extracellular matrix (ECM) in their design, these materials will be used to unravel the biophysical-biochemical coupling of cues in the cardiac stem cell niche during development. The aim is to prepare mature cellular equivalents of cardiomyocytes for future applications in disease modeling by a materials approach.

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor's and twelve master's programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden's Bio Science Park, one of Europe's biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The chemistry and life science research in the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is organized around two major research areas: 'Chemical Biology' and 'Energy & Sustainability'. The institute's research themes illustrate the central position of chemistry between biology, medicine and physics. The various research topics carried out within these themes are ideal for executing interdisciplinary research.

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We offer a full-time 1 year term position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary rangefrom 2,266 to 2,897 gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside The Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science .Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

LeidenUniversityis strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

LeidenUniversityis strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Roxanne Kieltyka . If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Michelle van der Haar .

To apply for this vacancy, please send no later than November 25th 2018 an email to the secretary of the Supramolecular and Biomaterials Chemistry group, Michelle van der Haar;


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