Postdoctoral Researcher in Developing Novel Organ on Chip Model of Osteoarthritis

University of Twente Department of Developmental Bioengineering


At the Department of Developmental BioEngineering at the University of Twente, a vacancy exists for a postdoc. This vacancy is funded by a recently awarded by the Dutch Research Council (KLEIN grant) and is available immediately. In this project, you will develop a novel organ on chip model of the human joint to understand the gendered nature of osteoarthritis (OA). This state-of-the-art micro-technological approach will be combined with advanced proteomics and metabolomics to deepen the understanding of the onset and progression of OA, with the ultimate goal to allow for more effective development and screening of OA drugs.

Job description

University of Twente’s Technical Medical Centre is widely recognized for its excellence in development of new biomedical solutions and advanced biofabrication technologies. Recently, we have developed microfluidic or organ-on-chip platforms that emulates the various tissues composing the articular joints. You will be responsible for developing and characterizing a microfluidic-based in vitro model that will allow for the investigation of the mechanisms that underpin the gendered nature of OA. Specifically, this model is expected to replicate gender differences, where specific sex-mediated pathophysiology of OA progression can be mechanistically scrutinized, by combining state-of-the art microfluidics and cell biology, with highly valuable and comprehensive proteomics and metabolomics analysis.

Your profile

  • You hold a PhD degree that was based on Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or an equivalent field of research. A background in microfluidics and/or molecular cell biology (-related field) is preferred, but not essential.
  • You have a strong interest in organs-on-chips, microfluidics, and molecular cell biology;
  • You have experience in cell culture, tissue engineering, or microfabrication technologies. Experience in -omics analysis will be considered as a benefit;
  • You have excellent analytical skills and an innate ability for solution oriented problem solving;
  • You are a team player with great communication skills;
  • You have demonstrable leadership potential and experience in the supervision of students;
  • You are fluent in English, both spoken and written.


Potential applicants are encouraged to apply through the application button at the bottom of this page.

Your applications ideally consist of the following documents:
  • A motivation letter describing why you want to apply for this position.
  • Description of your research interests.
  • A detailed CV including a list of your publications
  • Email addresses of at least two references who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

For inquiries about this position and our offer you can contact Dr. Liliana Moreira Teixeira (

Our offer

You will be appointed on a fulltime position for two years, within a very stimulating scientific environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues.

  • Gross salary: ranging from € 3.353 to € 4.402 per month, depending on your background, relevant experience and qualifications, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities.
  • A stimulating work environment in a recognized Centre of Excellence.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays per year in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programs;
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly encouraged;
  • We strive for diversity and fairness in hiring.

The organization

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

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Within the TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology) of the University of Twente some 700 staff members and 2000 students are involved in training and research on the interface of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. Research, which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders.

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