PhD student in Molecular Toxicology and iPSC-derived Cell Systems

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • PhD student in Molecular Toxicology and iPSC-derived Cell Systems
  • University Graduate
Are you looking for a PhD position in molecular toxicology? Do you like working with challenging human-cell based systems? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

FTE: 1

Job description

We are looking for a motivated PhD student with strong background in human cell culture systems and omics data handling for toxicity testing to develop research within the NWA-ORC project Virtual Human Platform for Safety assessment (

Your duties
  • Optimize and characterize human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) models, including renal and liver and possibly other organs
  • Perform human cell culture-based exposure experiments for assessment of toxicodynamics and-kinetics, including characterisation of donor specific responses
  • Data analysis and integration, including transcriptomics datasets
  • Conduct research within the scope of the project leading to a dissertation
  • Publish scientific articles and present research results at conferences
  • Supervision of MSc and BSc students
  • Collaborate within the team and with other international researchers


  • Master degree in Molecular or Cellular biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Bioinformatics, or a related discipline
  • Experience in mammalian cell culture
  • Interest in toxicology and mechanistic assays
  • Aptitude for data handling and analysis
  • Good communication, organizational and social skills
  • High proficiency in speaking and writing in the English language
  • Team player with the ability to work independently
  • Strong motivation for scientific research

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,434 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €3,111 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: phd candidate  is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 1 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a total duration of 4 years.
Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment,
  • 8% holiday allowance and
  • 8.3% end-of-year bonus,
  • Solid pension scheme, ABP
  • Possibility to save holiday hours, for sabbatical leave

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,000 students. We employ over 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until February 15, 2022 The expected starting date is April 2022.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Prof. P. (Paul) Jennings or Dr. A. (Anja) Wilmes
E-mail: /

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