Netherlands: PhD Student in Human Biology

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You will be involved in the research project
‘Modulation of gut microbiota and weight maintenance in obese subject’,
and will be responsible for designing and carrying out experiments and
reporting the results in scientific journals and at conferences.


University Graduate
The candidate holds an MSc/academic degree in life science or
biomedical sciences. Personal skills include clinical attitude,
initiative taking, creativity and team spirit.


Maastricht University Nutrition and Toxicology Research Institute Maastricht (NUTRIM)
University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based
learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and
student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a
multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in
research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around
13,500 students and 3,500 employees. Reflecting the university’s strong
international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are
from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health,
Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Economics and
Business Administration, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of
Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.

The Faculty of Humanities and Sciences (FHS) at present consists of
four departments: University College Maastricht (UCM), Maastricht ICT
Competence Centre (MICC), Maastricht Graduate School of Governance
(MGSoG) and the International Centre for Integrated assessment and
Sustainable development (ICIS).

Nutrition and Toxicology Research Institute Maastricht (NUTRIM) is an
interfaculty research institute of the Faculties of Health Sciences and
Medicine of Maastricht University (UM) in co-operation with the
University Hospital Maastricht (azM). Within NUTRIM 15 biomedical,
clinical, and behavioural-science departments co-operate in the
implementation of scientific research projects in the fields of
nutrition and toxicology and in the education of PhD-students. NUTRIM
participates in the Graduate School VLAG (Food Technology,
Agrobiotechnology, Nutrition and Health Sciences), accredited by the
Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). NUTRIM also participates in
TI Food & Nutrition, one of four Leading Technological Institutes
established on the initiative of and with financial support from the
Dutch Government. WCFS is an alliance of research and food industry
partners to carry out strategic and non-competitive fundamental
research regarding the mechanisms involved in food functionality.

Conditions of employment

Maximum salary amount in Euro’s a month 2558
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 4 years
Maximum hours per week: 38

Additional conditions of employment:
Each year an evaluation takes place. Your salary would be € 2.000,-
gross per month in the first year up to € 2.558,- gross per month in
the fourth year, PhD-student salary.

Additional Information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

Prof. Dr. K. Westerterp, Human Biology
Telephone number: +31-43-3881628
E-mail address:
Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.

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You can apply for this job before 01-12-2008 by sending your application to:

Universiteit Maastricht
FHML, afd PZ
P.O.Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
The Netherlands

E-mail address:

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number AT2008.292.


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