PhD-student: FHML/School for Cardiovascular Diseases/CARIM - (Depts of Physiology and Biochemstry)

Jul 27, 2016
Oct 27, 2016
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

CARIM (Depts. of Physiology and Biochemistry) is looking for a PhD student for a project on the interaction of the coagulation system and atrial fibrillation.

Job Specifications - (uitleg)

Solliciteer binnen 25 dagen op deze vacature

Job Description

CARIM (Dept. of Physiology and Dept. of Biochemistry) is currently conducting a large research programme on the interaction between the coagulation system and atrial fibrillation (eg Spronk et al, Eur Heart J 2016). Within this programme the mechanisms leading to the activation of coagulation by atrial fibrillation will be studied in established and clinically relevant large animal models (goats). Vice versa, the effect of hypercoagulability on the development of atrial fibrillation will be addressed. We are seeking a highly motivated PhD-student to perform a 4-years multidisciplinary research programme. The PhD-student will use a combined electrophysiological and biochemical approach and will be trained in both research areas jointly be the Depts. of Physiology and Biochemistry. The position will be embedded in a large Dutch network financed by the Dutch Heart Foundation (RACE V).


The candidates hold a master in medicine, biology, biomedical science or comparable. A solid education in basic science and academic ambition is an advantage. Excellent English skills are a prerequisite for this position.


Temporary employment for 4 years.

Your salary would be € 2.174,- gross per month in the first year up to € 2.779,- gross per month in the fourth year according to the PhD-student salary scale.

Each year an evaluation will take place.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > Support > UM employees.


Temporary, 48 months


Maastricht 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 16,000 students and 4,000 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, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.


The Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM), School for Cardiovascular Diseases, is one of the top institutes for translational cardiovascular research in Europe. It is among the world leaders in the fields of research into vascular and thrombotic disorders and atrial fibrillation as well as translational heart failure research. It has also made important international contributions to molecular imaging in the cardiovascular field.

With an annual budget of approximately 22,000,000 Euros in 2015, CARIM is one of the largest cardiovascular research institutes in Europe, producing more than 550 scientific articles and approximately 30 PhD dissertations per year. CARIM employs 250 researchers from 13 disciplines, about 120 PhD students and 50 technical and support staff members.

Over the last ten years, CARIM papers have been published in high-impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Nature Medicine, Nature Cell Biology, Cell Metabolism, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Circulation, Lancet Neurology, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Bibliometric analyses illustrate that CARIM publications have been cited 1.97 times more often than the world average for the cardiovascular field in the period of 2009 until 2012.

CARIM is recognized by the KNAW as a research school and as an international training site for Early Stage Researchers in the framework of the Marie Curie Program.

Cardiovascular scientists from around the world join CARIM because it values open communication, close cooperation, high ambitions, good facilities and a critical learning environment. 

Additional Information

Prof. U Schotten

Dept. of Physiology

PO Box 616

6200 MD Maastricht

Tel 0031 43 3881077