Group leader department of Biomedical Engineering

28 - 36 hours a week
€ 4.325 - € 5.919

Closing date: April 10

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Looking for an excellent opportunity to start up your own independent research group in the field of biomedical engineering into the topic of 3D fabrication technologies for regenerative medicine applications? Then we are looking for you!

Job description

You are a highly motivated and ambitious leader, you are proficient in 3D fabrication technologies, preferably you have prior experience in biofabrication-based strategies for regenerative medicine based on 3D-bioprinting and hydrogel microengineering for spatiotemporally controlled fabrication of biomimetic tissues and tissue models. This can include strong skills on state-of-the-art bioprinting technologies spanning from sacrificial bioprinting and microfluidic bioprinting for fabrication of vascular structures all the way to digital multi-material bioprinting for hierarchical tissue fabrication and development of various bioink formulations for potential clinical applications. You will be expected to lead independent projects, collaborate, and contribute to the common activities within the department of BME.

Working environment

The department of Biomedical Engineering (BME, Biomedical Engineering (UMCG)) at the UMCG, Groningen, the Netherlands, is looking for a new staff member/group leader to develop an independent research line on the topic related to 3D-bioprinting fabrication technologies for regenerative medicine applications.
As a group leader, you will work within an existing team of multidisciplinary researchers at the department of BME at the University of Groningen (RUG)/University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG).

Department of BME focuses on the advances that improve human health and health care in different fields, from diagnosis and analysis to treatment and recovery in implantable medical devices, such as pacemakers and artificial hips, and more futuristic technologies such as stem cell engineering, or the 3D printing of biological organs. The department is situated in the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and consists of 8 research groups related to the topic of biomedical technology driven research.
The BME department provides an excellent environment to carry out the research because of its multidisciplinary nature, combining chemistry, biology, biophysics, bioengineering, nanotechnology, materials science, and mechanical engineering. BME provides direct access to equipment needed for nanoparticle synthesis, biophysical and mechanical characterization, and functional analysis in cell culture models, including organoids, and much more. Its direct link with the clinic facilitates access to patient material. In addition, the various UMCG facilities provide access to a multitude of state-of-the-art equipment.
We are looking forward to receiving your applications.

What do we need

We are specifically looking for an investigator with:

  • an outstanding track record of creative, innovative research;
  • interest in multidisciplinary, collaborative research;
  • unique approaches to studies in relevant areas;
  • a keen eye for talent and talent development;
  • a strong affinity with teaching duties;
  • great ability to undertake independent scholarly activity and potential to pursue scholarly activity at a high international level of excellence;
  • excellent teaching skills required to successfully perform the duties and functions of the position;
  • great ability to lead a research group and to attract competitive national and European funds;
  • excellent written and spoken English skills.

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position. In case of specific professions a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ is required.

You are committed to cutting-edge science, you got a broad research interest and a strong research plan that complements the expertise and research lines of current BME groups. Given the multidisciplinary nature of ongoing and future studies at BME, we are specifically interested in candidates that have developed or implemented novel techniques or approaches to address their own research questions

What do we offer

We offer a unique opportunity for you as a starting researcher to found your own independent research group in the context of an existing department on the topic of biomedical engineering. You will receive a competitive start-up package and salary matching your qualifications and experience.
You will start as soon as possible. You will be appointed for a duration of one year(28-36 hours per week) with the possibility to convert to a permanent contract. Your salary will be a maximum of € 5.919. gross per month (scale 11), depending on your qualifications and relevant experience, based on a full-time appointment.
In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centres (CAO-UMC).

The full applications should be submitted via the UMCG website, containing the following attachments in a single PDF file:

  • curriculum vitae, including selected top 10 publications (together with short paragraphs highlighting the candidate’s specific contribution in those papers) (max, 5 pages);
  • current research and teaching interests (max. 3 pages);
  • a research plan and vision, outlining your proposed research work for the coming years (max. 5 pages);
  • university teaching portfolio/qualifications (max. 5 pages);
  • the names, positions and contact details of at least three referees who can support your application. (Recommendation letters etc. are not asked at this point)

Candidates may be invited for a video interview during the first stage of the recruitment process. The most qualified candidates will be invited for an in-person interview at UMCG and may undergo an aptitude assessment. They will also undergo a review by external experts and may be required to give a demonstration of their teaching skills and research vision.

For questions about the position

Any questions? Do contact us.

prof. Hélder Santos head of Department of BME,

How to apply

Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed. You can apply until 10 april 2023.
Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.


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