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PhD position for soft tissue engineering for pelvic organ prolapse

Apply before: 17 May 2019
Type of Employment: Fixed Term Contract
Working hours: 36 hours per week
Discipline: AMC Medical Research (AMR)

What you are going to do

In our group, we are focusing on tissue engineering approach for correction of pelvic organ disorders. Our research aims translation of fundamental research on regenerative medicine and material science to a solution for patients with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Our group (Amsterdam UMC, www.amc.nl/web/research-75/person-1/prof.-dr.-j.p.w.r.-roovers.htm) has established strong collaboration with both internal and external national and international research groups. You will be working in a project aiming to improve wound healing by adding a functional hydrogel to the surgical site of a native tissue repair for POP. Vaginal fibroblast function, proliferation and collagen-metabolism will be investigated in both in vitro and in vivo conditions. During the project, you will be working at Amsterdam UMC, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and will be closely collaborating with Radboud University, Department of Molecular Materials where the functional hydrogels are being developed.

What we expect from you

We are looking for a strong candidate with

  • Master degree in biology, medical biology, nanoscience, health science or any other relevant field.
  • Proven experience in tissue engineering and preferably wound healing (experience in soft tissues is an advantage but not a limitation).
  • Experience or knowledge on functional material characterization (in terms of textural, morphological, mechanical and delivery profiling). For this project you will be working with hydrogels, however experience with other type of tissue engineering scaffolds (i.e. electrospun, knitted) is a plus.
  • Experience in in vitro cell culture techniques; such as toxicity tests of materials, cell-material interactions, collagen metabolism investigation, fluorescence techniques.
  • Experience in working with in vivo models and in vivo samples including histological sample preparation and evaluation for host and immune response Additional skills.
  • Motivation to solve problems in regenerative medicine focusing on pelvic floor disorders. 
  • Strong presentational and reporting skills.
  • Able to communicate well with researchers from other disciplines (medicine and material science) and eager to learn to solve problems on the interface of material science and tissue engineering.
  • Full spoken and written fluency in English.

Where you are going to work

You will be working at Amsterdam UMC, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The research team is highly multidisciplinary consisting of clinicians, engineers and biologists. You will be also collaborating with Radboud University, Department of Molecular Materials.

What we offer you

We offer you ample opportunity for development, deepening and broadening, additional training and a place to grow! Working at AMR means working in an inspiring and professional environment where development is encouraged in every respect.

  • The phd position is placed in scale 21 and the salary is based on a 36-hour (fulltime) work week.
  • The base salary does not include holiday pay (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%).
  • We offer a contract for a 4-year PhD position for 36 hours per week within a motivated and innovative research group. The planned start date of the research project is the 1st of June 2019.
  • In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, AMC also has a sufficient number of parking spaces for employees.
  • Pension is accrued at Be Frank.

For an overview of all our other terms of employment, see www.werkenbijamc.nl/arbeidsvoorwaarden-amr

Let’s meet

If you would like to apply directly, please use the ‘apply’ button on this page. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply the position by sending their cv including at least 2 references (preferably including your Master supervisor) and their motivation letter with research interests.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Dr. Zeliha Guler Gokce (zeliha.guler@amc.uva.nl) by no longer than 17th of May 2019. For more information contact Dr. Zeliha Guler Gokce.

We look forward to meeting you!

A medical examination may be part of the selection procedure. This requires access to DigiD.

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