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Maastricht University, Netherlands invites online Application for number of  Fully Funded PhD Degree at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Programs available at Maastricht University, Netherlands.

Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.

 

(01) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD-positions Finance Department

Candidates are expected to start before the end of 2023, most likely September 1 (but earlier is negotiable). We offer 4-year positions. We have a large and culturally diverse PhD community in our department, and welcome enthusiastic, talented new PhD students. PhD positions are paid for, with minimal teaching obligations.

The department has been very successful in placing PhD students after graduation. Recent placements include top universities outside the Netherlands (MIT, Duke University, London School of Economics, Oxford University) as well as within the country (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Free University Amsterdam).

Deadline : Open until filled

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(02) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in Molecular Imprinting and Chemical Sensing

The PhD project is focused on the development of sensory platforms based on Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs) for the detection of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). MIPs are the synthetic equivalent of antibodies, consisting of a highly crosslinked polymeric network with molecule-specific active/binding sites distributed throughout that are generated during the synthesis process. The manner in which this is achieved varies, though all routes lean on polymer formation around a desired molecular template accompanied by its later extraction. This process can be likened to molding dough around a key to capture its likeness, but on a molecular level. In the past, the SE department has successfully developed MIPs for glucose, pyocyanin, drugs of abuse and even some PFAS. This project therefore seeks to build on what we have previously attained, with the selected PhD student furthering our research in the field of PFAS detection.

Deadline : 31 Jan 2024

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(03) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in Synthetic Biology

The PhD project is focused on the development of sensor platforms based on so-called surface imprinted polymers (SIPs). These thin polymeric layers are deposited onto sensor electrodes after which they are imprinted with macro-targets. In this way, the polymer forms a mold around the target (e.g. a bacterium) and upon removal of this biological or chemical entity, micro cavities are created on the surface of the polymer film which are complementary to the imprinted targets in size, shape and the distribution of functional groups. These SIPs can then be implemented into a sensor as they will now selectively capture the target when they encounter it in for example a liquid sample. In the past, the SE department has successfully developed SIP-based sensors for bacteria, cancer cells and proteins. In this project, the PhD student will investigate the possibility of preparing imprints for the recognition of bacteria without the need of a living template. In order to do so, key recognition features of the microorganism will be mimicked synthetically.

The first goal is to obtain synthetic layers that can recognize and bind the bacteria. Following, these layers will be incorporated into a sensor in order to characterize them in terms of sensitivity and selectivity. Moreover, the project includes the exploration of the sensor in potential application fields such as environmental monitoring, health diagnosis or food safety. Research within the Sensor Engineering research group at the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Maastricht University is focused on developing innovative sensor technologies for implementation in diverse fields ranging from medical diagnostics to food safety assessment. For this position, we are looking for a motivated PhD student with a master degree and a solid background in bio-, organic, polymer or analytical chemistry. The candidate will work in a multicultural, interdisciplinary team consisting of engineers, chemists and biomedical scientists. The research group has developed extensive expertise in combining sensor technology with chemistry and biomedical engineering to acquire knowledge and streamline applications for use in real life settings.

Deadline : 31 Jan 2024

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(04) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in Biosensing

The focus of the PhD project is the development of sensing platforms using both natural elements (such as antibodies and nucleic acids) and artificial receptors such as surface/molecularly imprinted polymers. These sensors will later be tested using different characterization techniques and different readings will be used to investigate the sensor performance (sensitivity, stability, reproducibility, selectivity). Particular attention will be paid to the sensors for the nucleic acid detection, including the Sherlock technique and aptasensors, etc. Special emphasis will be placed on sensors designed for nucleic acid detection, including the Sherlock technique and aptasensors, known for their remarkable selectivity through specific cleavage of DNA/RNA strands or high-affinity binding of targets to aptamers.

Research within the Sensor Engineering research group at the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Maastricht University is focused on developing innovative sensor technologies for implementation in diverse fields ranging from medical diagnostics to food safety assessment. For this position, we are looking for a motivated PhD student with a master degree and a solid background in bio-, organic, polymer or analytical chemistry. The candidate will work in a multicultural, interdisciplinary team consisting of engineers, chemists and biomedical scientists. The research group has developed extensive expertise in combining sensor technology with chemistry and biomedical engineering to acquire knowledge and streamline applications for use in real life settings.

Deadline : 31 Jan 2024

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(05) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in Chemical Sensing

The PhD project is focused on the development of sensor platforms based on so-called surface imprinted polymers (SIPs). These thin polymeric layers are deposited onto sensor electrodes after which they are imprinted with macro-targets. In this way, the polymer forms a mold around the target (e.g. a bacterium) and upon removal of this biological or chemical entity, micro cavities are created on the surface of the polymer film, which are complementary to the imprinted targets in size, shape and the distribution of functional groups. These SIPs can then be implemented into a sensor as they will now selectively capture the target when they encounter it in for example a liquid sample. In the past, the SE department has successfully developed SIP-based sensors for bacteria, cancer cells and proteins. In this project, the PhD student will investigate the possibility of preparing imprints for the recognition of bacterial spores that are relevant in food safety monitoring. Once a prototype is built, the sensor will be tested in food samples provided by industrial partners in the project.

Research within the Sensor Engineering research group at the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Maastricht University is focused on developing innovative sensor technologies for implementation in diverse fields ranging from medical diagnostics to food safety assessment. For this position, we are looking for a motivated PhD student with a master degree and a solid background in bio-, organic, polymer or analytical chemistry. The candidate will work in a multicultural, interdisciplinary team consisting of engineers, chemists and biomedical scientists. The research group has developed extensive expertise in combining sensor technology with chemistry and biomedical engineering to acquire knowledge and streamline applications for use in real life settings.

Deadline : 31 Jan 2024

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(06) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position in Organic ChemistryRheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by infiltration of immune cells into the synovial membrane within the joints with concomitant production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Current medication relies on the administration of methotrexate and antibodies against these pro-inflammatory cytokines. Because this medication inhibits the immune system through the entire body and not only at the sites of RA related inflammation, the patients suffer from an increased risk towards infections.

In this project, you will develop a new line of treatment for RA, which inhibits the immune system more selectively. To this end, you will express in E. coli antibody fragments containing a cysteine mutation close to the antigen binding site. In a second part of the project, you will synthesize a chemical linker containing a photoswitchable linker, a bulcky group and a malemide functionality for conjugation to the antibody fragment. By conjugating this linker close to the antigen-binding site we anticipate to control the position of the bulcky group using light as a spatiotemporal switch. Using light of a specific wavelength will position the bulcky group close to the antigen-binding site thereby preventing binding of the cytokine and thus inactivating the antibody. Upon irradiation with a different wavelength, the bulcky group pivots away and binding of the cytokine is enabled.

Deadline : 31 Jan 2024

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(07) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Phd position on personalized lifestyle interventions following ICU stay

Annually, more than 90,000 patients are admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) in the Netherlands. As in-hospital mortality has dropped to 15%, 85% of the patients are discharged alive from the hospital. However, a large number of these patients have acquired severe weakness and functional disabilities. Many need to be transferred to rehabilitation centers, or nursing homes, and even the younger patients often fail to return to work. For many patients, post-ICU hospital discharge is the start of a long journey with substantial physical, cognitive, and/or mental health problems. Currently, awareness and recognition of these symptoms, known as post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) are growing. Unfortunately, there is no consensus on the best treatment strategies for PICS, probably due to the lack of understanding of the pathophysiological processes and risk factors underlying PICS. In this project we will evaluate the efficacy of lifestyle interventions, combining personalized exercise and nutritional intervention to allow more rapid and complete recovery.

The current project will apply personalized exercise and nutritional intervention in ex-patients who have been admitted to the ICU and who are still compromised with regards to their physical function (PICS) and evaluate the efficacy of such a program to help them regain health and functional performance.

Deadline : 14 Feb 2024

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(08) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Phd position on Clinical nutrition and protein metabolism: You are what you eat

This project will allow the candidate to establish a network with many different collaborating surgeons and specialties in various hospitals and allow you to further your knowledge on postprandial protein handling in vivo in humans. This project will provide the clinical proof that for all human tissues, ‘you are what you eat’.

The current project will center around the use of intrinsically labeled protein prior to surgery to assess the incorporation of dietary protein derived amino acids in various tissue proteins. This position is available within our research group (www.m3-research.nl).

Deadline : 14 Feb 2024

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(09) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position on Protein requirements

The World Health Organization (WHO) has set the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for protein intake at 0.8 g/kg/d for adults. The RDA represents the minimal amount of protein intake that is required to prevent net protein losses. However, protein intakes exceeding the RDA have shown to elicit several benefits such as attenuating age-related and disease-related muscle loss or improving the adaptive responses to exercise. Thus, there is a need to establish optimal protein requirements as opposed to merely the minimal protein requirements. Within the m3 research group (www.m3– research.nl), we study the impact of exercise and nutritional interventions on protein metabolism, and how protein requirements are modulated by factors such as age, physical activity, or clinical conditions.

Deadline : 14 Feb 2024

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(10) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position at the Department of Macro, International and Labour Economics

The aim of the project is to better understand the topic of social stratification (i.e. the poor, the vulnerable, the middle class, and the upper class) and its links to structural change and the Kuznets-waves hypothesis (Milanovic, 2016). The research project is guided by several (primarily empirical) aspects, such as (i) developing a multidimensional framework for the empirical identification of key social strata; (ii) providing further theoretical development on the idea of Kuznets waves and empirically testing it; and (iii) investigating the connection of structural change and social stratification via the Kuznets waves hypothesis.

The selected candidate will work with various types of data sets, including detailed distributional household survey and tax declaration data, such as EU-SILC, the Luxembourg Income Study, and the World Inequality Lab and from the newly available Statistics On-Line of the Poverty and Inequality Portal by the World Bank. Moreover, for the identification of social strata and the connection of structural change, the social stratification and the Kuznets wave hypothesis, a variety of modelling methods will be explored, e.g. machine learning algorithms, support vector machines, and VAR. For this, we seek candidates with a strong interest in one or several of the questions and (preferably) some experience in working with household survey data, and/or machine learning algorithms.

Deadline : 05 Feb 2024

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(11) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PHD position | Department of Microeconomics and Public Economics, School of Business and Economics

The Department of Microeconomics and Public Economics is looking for PhD candidates in Economic Theory and Behavior (including Microeconomic Theory, Public Economics, Game Theory, Social Choice, Behavioral Economics, Experimental Economics and Neuroeconomics). For further information on the department and its research expertise, please visit: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/department-microeconomics-and-public-economics

Deadline : 05 Feb 2024

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(12) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position – Behavioral and Experimental Economics

The project—which consists of three work packages—aims to advance the understanding of how risk preferences are best measured and how risk should be communicated. The project is led by Anouk Festjens, Jona Linde, Thomas Meissner and Peter Werner, and will involve the administration of large scale surveys and laboratory experiments. Among other things, the successful candidate will collaborate in the development of experimental tools and surveys to be conducted with a representative sample of the Dutch population and with experts from academia and the financial and pension industries, in the organization of the data collection process via online and laboratory experiments and in the preparation of scientific and practice-oriented publications about the project.

Deadline :05 Feb 2024

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(13) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD position on Protein handling in the ICU

We are looking for a PhD candidate with a strong background, interest, and affinity for academic research on nutritional interventions in clinical (ICU) populations, who will be responsible for:

  • Contribution to the full project plan (under supervision);
  • Setting up and executing research studies within a clinical setting (writing protocol for ethical clearance, practical preparation for research, patient recruitment, planning and execution of test days, data handling and analysis);
  • Prepare progress reports, write academic publications (under supervision), and present research outcomes at national and international conferences;
  • Active contribution to other research activities within the larger research group:
  • Setting up and/or maintaining collaborations with various other groups within the Virga Jessa Hospital and MUMC;
  • Keeping up with the relevant scientific literature within the field of study;
  • Supervision of research assistants and students, where appropriate;
  • Completing a PhD thesis in 4 years.

Deadline :14 Feb 2024

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(14) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Candidate position in Accounting / Information Management

The Ph.D. candidate will be based at the Department of Accounting and Information Management, which is known to be one of the best in its field in Europe. For example, its PhD Program in Accounting is ranked #1 in Europe based on the all-time BYU ranking (http://www.byuaccounting.net/rankings/phdrank/rank_phd_cnt.php?sortorder=ranking306&qurank=All). The majority of research in the department can be classified as economics-based, quantitative empirical research, and experimental research.

Deadline :31 Jan 2024

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(15) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD candidate Life Cycle Assessment for a safe and sustainable chemical industry

The transition to a sustainable society poses major challenges for the Dutch chemical industry. Currently, safety considerations and economies of scale dictate a landscape of large plants clustered at industrial sites. Products include fertilizers, plastics and vaccine carrier proteins and are mostly of fossil origin. A roadmap to guide the industry through the sustainability transition while maintaining economic viability and at least existing safety levels does not yet exist due to the lack of suitable technology. This work explores a possible solution for the common building block acrylonitrile.

Presently, acrylonitrile production is large scale and involves storage and transportation of large quantities of toxic and/or flammable substances. It is an intermediate for a range of materials. The alternative plasma approach offers, from a process safety viewpoint, an inherent safer alternative by reducing process quantities and perhaps even allows local production at the site of the end users. Central question of the project is how safe-by-design opportunities for sustainable production can objectively be evaluated in terms of the complex optimization of safety,sustainability, cost-effectiveness, robustness, flexibility, regulatory compliance, and stakeholder interaction and acceptance.

Deadline : 31 Jan 2024

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(16) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD-Student on Judgment and Decision Making in Business

It isn’t always easy for smart people to make good judgments. Having processes in place that enable people to collect and interpret valid information is essential. But it requires additional resources in the work environment to avoid bad judgment.

The PhD candidate will work in close collaboration with a research team specialized in analysing how experts make decisions given certain circumstances at their work. We are searching for candidates who are fascinated by questions about how humans decide, how we can help experts to make good decisions, and how work-related factors such as leadership and training contribute to decision making at the work.

Deadline : 31 Jan 2024

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(17) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Candidate: Pioneering Supply Chain Leadership Research

Are you fascinated by the dynamic role of leadership in shaping the future of organizations? Do you aspire to delve into the pivotal world of top management teams and executives, exploring the uncharted territories of supply chain leadership? Please join our supply chain management research team!

For this position, we seek applications for a PhD project on Supply Chain Leadership under supervision of Dr. Robert Suurmond. Currently, this is a topic of great societal significance and about which we do not know enough. Without adequate leadership that embraces innovation and collaboration, organizations are left fending for themselves, forever trapped in endless cycles of competition. Yet, individual decision makers in supply chain—aka Supply Chain Leaders—now sit at the highest ranks in top management teams (e.g., Chief Supply Chain Officers), directly influencing corporate agendas, wielding executive power, and influencing policy-making. Supply chain leaders, more than other top management executives, a unique vantage point, bridging organizational boundaries across supply networks and ecosystems. We are diving into understanding not just what these leaders do, but how they navigate authority and responsibility, especially among their peers in the upper echelons of the top management team.

Deadline : 14 Feb 2024

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(18) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD candidate in Advanced additive solutions for mechanical recycling of polyolefin blends

The Circular Plastics research group at Maastricht University is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate to join our team in understanding and developing additive-based solutions for the recycling of polyolefin blends.
Understanding the material and processing stability is extremely important for producing high-quality products from recycled polyolefins like PE and PP. To date, effective European recycling rates of polyolefins are stuck at around 40%, and one of the main bottlenecks is an understanding of how these polymers – often cross-contaminated with each other – behave and interact during the recycling process. The degradation behavior of recyclates can differ considerably from those observed in virgin polymers. The combination of different discarded plastics during recycling, each one containing distinct additives, can hamper or enhance the thermo-oxidative stability of the final recyclate compared to the initial stability of the unblended plastics. Despite their central role, stabilizer additives have not been systematically characterized in recycled plastics when they undergo re-processing. This issue is even more challenging considering the cross-contamination among stabilizers and other additives. Motivated by such questions, the proposed study aims to explore the physicochemical interactions between different stabilizers in recycled PP and PE blends and the effect of re-stabilization of recycled polymers.

Deadline : 06 Feb 2024

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About Maastricht University, Netherlands –Official Website

Maastricht University  is a public university in Maastricht, Netherlands. Founded in 1976, it is the second youngest of the thirteen Dutch universities.

In 2019, 19,000 students studied at Maastricht University, 54% of whom were foreign students, with over 4,000 employees. About half of the bachelor’s programmes are fully offered in English, while the other half is taught wholly or partly in Dutch. Most of the master’s and doctoral programmes are in English. Besides traditional programmes, Maastricht University also has an honours liberal arts college: University College Maastricht and a Maastricht Science Programme in the same liberal arts tradition. The satellite University College Venlo opened in 2015.

 

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