PhD Candidate

Development of a skin-on-chip model to assess the effect of atmospheric agents and stressors on skin health  |  1.0 FTE

About this position

As a PhD candidate you will develop a skin-on-chip model to assess the effect of atmospheric agents and stressors on skin health. As part of the project, the insight from the in-vitro model will be used to inform the design of wearable monitoring sensors.


We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated candidate to conduct multi-disciplinary research in an international and dynamic enviroment across medical and engineering labs on a realistic in-vitro model of human skin.
The candidate will have a Master degree and strong background in tissue engineering, biomedical engineering or affine. Familiarity with microfabrication techniques is preferred.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements.

About this Flagship

Our environment and our health are tightly interlinked. Global warming and increased pollution mean that half the world’s population is at greater risk of developing cancer as well as cardiovascular, neurological and autoimmune disease. As part of the Convergence programme, researchers at TU Delft, Erasmus Medical Centre and Erasmus University Rotterdam are collaborating on a 5-year Flagship project to measure the real-time health effects of climate change and pollution at the individual level, providing the data needed to plan better treatment strategies, and better policies to reduce the negative health effects at the societal level. The project’s goal at its most simple is to use tiny sensors to detect chemicals produced by the skin that reflect our body’s response to different kinds of environmental stress – and then use this information to prevent disease developing, plan better treatment and implement policies to reduce people’s exposure to harmful environmental effects.

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The doctoral candidate will be formally affiliated to TU Delft, doing research in direct collaboration and co-supervision with Erasmus MC.

What we offer

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2541 per month in the first year to € 3247 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

About Convergence

The pressing and complex social challenges of our time call for convergence; crossing boundaries between institutions and disciplines to create new perspectives and solutions. For this reason TU Delft, Erasmus MC and Erasmus University Rotterdam are joining forces in Convergence. Within the convergence theme Health & Technology we form new frameworks that promote scientific discoveries and technological innovation in health and healthcare. We do this by working on groundbreaking research and innovation bundled in 10 international leading research flagships.

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Additional information

For additional information regarding the PhD position please contact:

Dr. Massimo Mastrangeli (

Prof. Bing Thio (

Apply for this position

Please send your application for this position, including your motivation letter, curriculum vitae and references before February 28th 2023 to: