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Assistant Professor (f/m) in ‘Organ Bioengineering'

Job description

Within the faculty of Science and Technology (S&T), the department of Biomaterials Science and Technology and chair of Bioartificial organs (BAO), we are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Assistant Professor (f/m) in ‘Organ Bioengineering’.

The chair of Bioartificial organs (BAO)

In the coming years, due to the aging of the population and the low availability of donor organs there is urgent need for bioengineering solutions to assist, mimic or replace failing patient organs.

The BAO chair has the ambition, to take-on the challenge of helping the patients by developing (bio)artificial organs. These organs would be:

Artificial: based on new biomaterials and novel designs, to assist or mimic a patient organ. Typical examples here are: (i) artificial kidney devices for better and more continuous patient treatment – including portable and implantable kidney devices (ii) new artificial liver devices for blood detoxification using novel sorbents, (iii) artificial lung for treating chronic and lung acute diseases.

Bioartificial: combining biomaterials and biological cells to fully replace failing patient organs. Typical examples here are: (i) bioartificial kidney devices, combining biomaterials and kidney epithelial cells for improved blood detoxification (ii) bioartificial pancreas devices, combining encapsulation of pancreatic cells for treatment of diabetes (iii) bioartificial lungs for studying lung regeneration.

In this field of research, the challenges are big. There is need: for new concepts and designs; new biomaterials; for better understanding of the biomaterial – cell / tissue interaction and tailoring of mass transfer. The complexity increases from artificial to bioartificial organs, and the engineering and regulatory demands increase further if these organs would be extracorporeal or implantable.

 

 

Activities

You are expected to develop and explore your own research profile within the BAO chair. You will supervise bachelor, master and PhD students and publish articles in prominent peer-reviewed scientific journals. You will apply for personal grants and will contribute to acquiring other national and international grants. You will contribute to the teaching duties of the BAO chair in the Biomedical Engineering and Technical Medicine curricula. You will build and maintain a network of academic and industrial contacts.

Your profile

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic scientist with a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, biomaterials science, or related fields.

  • You have several years of (international) experience in the academic or industrial environment, with a proven track record of high-quality research and producing scientific publications and patents.
  • You have a proven track record in obtaining research grants.
  • You have demonstrated that you can supervise, and coach students and researchers and you are capable of collaborating in an international context.
  • You are an enthusiastic and highly motivated lecturer and are able to contribute to the teaching duties of the BAO chair in the Biomedical Engineering and Technical Medicine studies. 
  • You have excellent theoretical-, experimental- and writing skills. Fluent command of English is required.
  • You will work in a challenging multidisciplinary environment. It is therefore essential to show willingness to look beyond disciplinary boundaries.

Our offer

This position is offered for a period of 2 years with the possibility for continuation afterwards. Salary and conditions are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities and include:

  • Depending on the entry level a starting salary for assistant professor from € 3.746 (scale 11) to € 5.826 (scale 12) gross per month (for a fulltime position), based on relevant work experience.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A minimum of 29 leave days in case of fulltime employment.
  • Professional and personal development programs.
  • A solid pension scheme.

Information and application

Please send your application via the ‘Apply now’ button, and include:

  • Your letter of motivation.
  • A Curriculum Vitae, including a complete list of publications, lectures and presentations at conferences and a list of third-party funding.
  • Research and education plan
  • Letters of recommendation or contact information of two references we can contact.

You are welcome to contact Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Stamatialis (d.stamatialis@utwente.nl) for any questions you may have.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at our University. We encourage applications from all sections of society.

 
Applications are welcome till the March 15, 2021.

About the organization

TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the TNW Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

Assistant Professor (f/m) in ‘Organ Bioengineering'
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