2 PhDs Marie Curie ITN as part of Skin Tissue Integrity under Shear STINTS

Research / Academic


Eindhoven University of Technology is a leading international university worldwide, specialized in engineering science & technology. Teaching activities strongly focus on Health, Energy, and Mobility. TU/e has over 10,000 students, over 3,000 staff (of which 34% female and 33% international staff members), and 700 PhD students.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering offers Bachelor's and Master's programs in Biomedical Engineering, Medical Engineering, and a joint Master's program in Regenerative Medicine and Technology together with Utrecht University. The principal investigators are experts in soft tissue biomechanics, modelling of tissue growth and remodelling, and photo-acoustics & ultrasound functional imaging.

Job description

Two (2) positions Marie Curie ITN Early Stage Research positions (ESRs) available as part of STINTS an EU-funded ITN project that will start on January 1st 2019 and the selected candidates will be recruited to start in June 2019. It will provide a multi-disciplinary research training that combines the needs for the creative skills of academic and industrial researchers, the entrepreneurial drive of the private sector, and clinical innovation. STINTS will link the research and training programme to the need to open up new prospectives in skin research, assist in the risk management and therapy of pressure ulcers and skin disease, and exploit the understanding of skin to develop novel medical devices and consumer products.

This job opening covers two 4-year research positions, both embedded at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The projects will include secondments at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom, the University of Tel Aviv, Israel, and Philips Consumer Products, Drachten, The Netherlands. These positions are part of a 4-year PhD doctoral program, resulting in a PhD degree awarded at Eindhoven University of Technology. One ESR will work on multi-scale, multi-physics modelling of the upper layers of skin aimed at the interaction with medical devices and equipment for trans-epidermal drug delivery. The other ESR will work on technology for ex-vivo and in-vivo mechanical characterization of skin using inverse methods, ultrasound functional imaging and photoacoustics.

Duties expected from the ESR are:
  • Perform original research under the supervision of an academic advisor on mechanical properties and imaging of human skin.
  • Participate in the activities of the STINTS programme: attending training workshops, collaborating with network partners, and undertaking periodic secondments at STINTS partner organizations.
  • Produce written outputs as required during their PhD studies and to contribute to engagement and dissemination activities of STINTS.
  • Present regular progress reports within the requirements laid down by STINTS.
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    Personal requirements
  • Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering, Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics or Electrical Engineering.
  • Good knowledge/demonstrated awareness of fundamental and applied aspects of biomechanics and/or medical imaging techniques.
  • Ability to work in a laboratory or clinical environment, passion for research with the determination to understand the underlying physical fundamentals.
  • Excellent analysis skills and an analytical mind-set, as well as excellent communication skills - including written.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a research team.
  • Ability to engage with interdisciplinary studies and technological areas.

  • Eligibility:

    Applicants must satisfy the eligibility requirements for ESR under the Horizon 2020 ITN Programme; in particular, they should be eligible to be appointed as ESR in The Netherlands satisfying the following criteria:
  • To have less than four years research experience after Undergraduate/Masters graduation (this is cumulative research experience and does not include management/industrial or other work experience).
  • To not hold a PhD degree (PhD candidates under 4 years of registration and before completion may apply),
  • To have resided or carried out their main activity in The Netherlands for less than 12 months (cumulative) in the three years prior to their recruitment.

  • Candidates from minorities underrepresented in science are strongly encouraged.


    Salary Benefits:

    We offer you
  • An exciting job at a dynamic and ambitious University and in an enthusiastic team.
  • The appointment will be on a full-time basis (40 hours). Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Starting date: 1st June 2019.
  • Support with your personal development and career planning including courses by offering every PhD student a series of courses in the PROOF program as an addition to your scientific education.
  • Gross monthly salaries are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), increasing from € 2.266,= per month initially during the first year, to € 2.897,= in the fourth year.
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including excellent work facilities, support in moving expenses and commuting expenses, pension scheme, extra holiday allowance 8% in May, end-of-year bonus of 8.3% in December and excellent sports facilities.
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    Work Hours:

    38 hours per week


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