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PhD Position Printed Multifunctional Bone Implants

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

Delft, Netherlands
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023

The section of Biomaterials & Tissue Biomechanics performs research on advanced functional biomaterials and biofabrication methods for development of implants that replace/enable tissue regeneration. 

Job description

Thanks to innovative biomaterials and new manufacturing technologies (e.g., 3D printing), orthopaedic implants have undergone significant advancements in recent years. However, they still fail due to insufficient osseointegration. To address this problem, biomaterials as well as design- and patient-specific factors should be considered. The EU Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland project (Prosperos-II) aims to develop a new generation of 3D-printed personalized orthopaedic implants and orthoses. The research will focus on combining controlled multiscale geometry of 3D printed bone implants with surface physicochemical cues for development of osteoinductive implants. 


  • You have an MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Health Sciences or related fields.
  • You have sound knowledge on additive manufacturing, biomaterials, surface engineering, nanotechnology.
  • You have experience/knowledge about materials and surface characterization methods, 3D printing, and possibly in vitro assays for studying surface-cell interactions.
  • Excellent communication skills in English (written and spoken).
  • Independence and creative work attitude.
  • You are a team player and like to work in a multidisciplinary environment.

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.

Conditions of employment

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 € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 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 a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service. This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

From chip to ship. From machine to human being. From idea to solution. Driven by a deep-rooted desire to understand our environment and discover its underlying mechanisms, research and education at the 3mE faculty focusses on fundamental understanding, design, production including application and product improvement, materials, processes and (mechanical) systems.

3mE is a dynamic and innovative faculty with high-tech lab facilities and international reach. It’s a large faculty but also versatile, so we can often make unique connections by combining different disciplines. This is reflected in 3mE’s outstanding, state-of-the-art education, which trains students to become responsible and socially engaged engineers and scientists. We translate our knowledge and insights into solutions to societal issues, contributing to a sustainable society and to the development of prosperity and well-being. That is what unites us in pioneering research, inspiring education and (inter)national cooperation.

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Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof.dr. Amir Zadpoor ( or Iulian Apachitei (

For information about the application procedure, please contact Ms Laura de Heiden-Jaghai (

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply by 15 December 2023 via the application button and upload a detailed CV along with a letter of application and the contact information of 3 references in one PDF file.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.

You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

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