Vacancies

PhD student high throughput mass microscopy (NWO)

Within this position:

  • You will work on the development of novel high resolution molecular imaging instrumentation using direct ion imaging with pixelated ion detection technology.
  • You will develop novel Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry and Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption and Ionization based technologies that enable stigmatic ion imaging for biological materials
  • The focus will be on the realization of high throughput high spatial resolution imaging mass spectrometry.
  • A crucial element in this project is data processing and you will need to develop novel image processing software to construct large area images.
  • You will be collaborating with engineers of the Instrument Development, Engineering and Evaluation (IDEE) department and with scientists in the institute and it’s industrial partners.
  • You will develop to be an independent molecular imaging scientist. Your development will be monitored and mentored by the senior staff of the institute
  • Your activities will involve predominantly technological development, and, to a lesser extent, application development and project management.
  • You will complete research that is intended to result in a PhD degree

Requirements

The ideal candidate is talented and self-motivated and should hold at least a MSc degree or equivalent in technical physics, physical chemistry, Instrumentation engineering, surface science or similar field and has excellent laboratory skills. The candidate has an excellent command of English, can write well, is capable of working in a multidisciplinary team, motivated to work in an international environment, independent and creative. The candidate should possess outstanding technical interests and skills and has an open, innovative attitude.

Other information

The position is a 4 year full time paid position and should result in a PhD degree at Maastricht University upon proven suitability. We offer a full-time position (38 hours/week) within Maastricht University at M4I, the Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging institute.

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 www.maastrichtuniversity.nl or contact: Prof. Dr. R. M.A. Heeren, r.heeren[at]maastrichtuniverity[dot]nl

 

PhD student in the field of instrumentation development in mass spectrometry imaging

Within this position:

• You will work on the development of novel high resolution molecular imaging instrumentation. The project will result in an innovative technology platform to study chemistry at the nanoscale.

• You will be collaborating with engineers of the Instrument Development, Engineering and Evaluation (IDEE) department and with scientists in the institute and it’s industrial partners.

• You will develop to be an independent molecular imaging scientist. Your development will be monitored and mentored by the senior staff of the institute

• Your activities will involve predominantly technological development, and, to a lesser extent, application development and project management.

• You will complete research that is intended to result in a PhD degree

Requirements

The ideal candidate is talented and self-motivated and should hold at least a MSc degree or equivalent in technical physics, physical chemistry, chemical physics, surface science or similar field and has excellent laboratory skills. The candidate has an excellent command of English, can write well, is capable of working in a multidisciplinary team, motivated to work in an international environment, independent and creative. The candidate should possess outstanding technical interests and skills and has an open, innovative attitude.

Other information

The position is a 4 year full time paid position and should result in a PhD degree at Maastricht University upon proven suitability. We offer a full-time position (38 hours/week) within Maastricht University at M4I, the Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging institute.

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 www.maastrichtuniversity.nl or contact: Prof. Dr. R. M.A. Heeren, r.heeren[at]maastrichtuniverity[dot]nl

PhD student for ultra-high resolution imaging of lipid metabolism

  • You will work on the optimization and application of a novel MALDI-Imaging ion source to be developed as of this broader project. The goal is to develop MALDI-MSI technologies and workflows for imaging of biological materials at spatial resolutions as low as 1 micrometer. 
  • A key focus on the project is to image dynamic lipid metabolism in tissues utilizing isotope labelling strategies
  • You will also setup workflows for quantitative shotgun lipidomics to support the MSI studies
  • A crucial element in this project is the optimization of sample preparation and imaging conditions to maximize sensitivity, molecular information and resolution
  • You will be collaborating with engineers from a leading mass spectrometer development company as well as international researchers in the fields of the targeted biological applications
  • You will develop and optimize data analysis strategies for analyzing large, multidimensional datasets, including lipid identification
  • You will develop to be an independent molecular imaging scientist. Your development will be monitored and mentored by the senior staff of the institute
  • You will complete research that is intended to result in a PhD degree

 

 

The project is supervised by Dr Shane R. Ellis and Prof Ron M. A. Heeren. In addition the work will be performed in close collaboration with Dr Ellis’s group at the University of Wollongong, Australia

 

Requirements

The ideal candidate is talented and self-motivated and should hold at least a MSc degree or equivalent in analytical chemistry, biochemistry or physical chemistry or similar field and has both excellent laboratory skills and an interest in technology development fundamental science and its biological applications. The candidate has an excellent command of English, can write well, is capable of working in a multidisciplinary team and motivated to work in an international environment, independent and creative. The candidate should possess outstanding technical interests and skills and has an open, innovative attitude.

Other information

The position is a 4 year full time paid position and should result in a PhD degree at Maastricht University upon proven suitability. We offer a full-time position (38 hours/week) within Maastricht University at M4I, the Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging institute.

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 www.maastrichtuniversity.nl or contact: Dr Shane R. Ellis (sellis[at]uow.edu[dot]au) or Prof. Dr. R. M.A. Heeren (r.heeren[at]maastrichtuniverity[dot]nl)

Current vacancies at Maastricht University are published on the website Academic Transfer  , a national vacancy site for Dutch universities, research institutions and academic hospitals.