PhD position – cell biologist In vitro modelling of early embryonic development using stem cell-derived organoids

Research / Academic


We are looking for a creative thinker with a strong background in cell/developmental biology who is prepared to take on highly challenging aims. We anticipate this collaborative and interdisciplinary project will suit an ambitious candidate who likes a fast-paced environment.

We encourage applications from individuals who are passionate to investigate processes involved in early embryonic development, with an emphasis on establishment of the early body plan including lineage specification and organogenesis.



  • Strong background in stem cell or developmental biology, preferably with experience in pluripotent stem cell culture;
  • Creative and independent thinker who can deepen a research question;
  • Excellent communicator (oral and written English) and team worker;
  • Solid experience in experimental design;
  • Knowledge of Dutch is not required.


  • Using state-of-the art tools to answer questions related to early embryonic development and organogenesis in embryo models;
  • Design and rigorous execution of experimental work, data analysis and dissemination of results;
  • Using tailored cutting-edge microfabricated tools as culture platform for stem cell-based embryo models.

Salary Benefits:

What we offer

Fixed-term contract of 1 + 3 years (evaluation after first year), full-time position. The salary will be set according PhD salary scale of the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO-NU); starting in first year with € 2.443 gross per month and increasing to € 3.122 (not yet taken into account yearly future rises) gross per month in fourth year. On top of this, there is an 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance.

Candidates who would need to relocate may be eligible for compensation. Employees relocating from abroad may be eligible for the Dutch `30% ruling', a tax advantage which results in a significantly higher net salary. 

A fully resourced and funded research environment, office space fostering interaction between multi-disciplinary researchers and engineers.

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 > About UM > Working at UM.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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