PhD position Molecular Pharmacology (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, University of Groningen, V24.0023

Job description

The Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy (GRIP) of the Faculty of Science and Engineering has a position for a PhD candidate in the department of molecular pharmacology. The project is funded by a collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a devastating progressive lung disease, characterized by fibrogenesis that is not reversible, and deteriorates progressively. The key problem underlying IPF is abnormal tissue repair in vulnerable individuals. Current therapies slow down the progression of the disease to some extent, but do not modify the course of the disease. Accordingly, developing new therapeutic strategies is necessary. The major hurdle in the development of new therapies is the immense lack of knowledge on the mechanisms that impair adequate tissue repair in IPF. We hypothesize that the diseased local tissue microenvironment is the primary driver of impaired tissue repair in IPF by skewing endogenous WNT pathway activation from protective, reparative functions towards detrimental fibrotic functions. It should be feasible to reactivate lung repair by pharmacologically targeting this WNT pathway switch.

The PhD candidate will work with advanced disease models for lung fibrosis including cell culture, lung organoids and precision-cut lung slices to study the role of the WNT pathway in lung fibrosis in more detail. For the project you will be working closely with researchers from Boehringer Ingelheim and spend part of your research project working within the research premises of Boehringer Ingelheim in Biberach an der Riß, Germany.

The prospective starting date will be between May 1st, 2024 and August 1st, 2024.

Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programs and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge.


The successful PhD candidate will have the following qualifications:

- a masters' degree in Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or a related area
- affinity with advanced techniques in cell biology and organoid technology
- previous experience on in vitro cell culture, molecular and cell biology, cellular imaging would be considered an asset
- excellent knowledge of written and spoken English
- enthusiasm for pharmaceutical research in an interdisciplinary setting.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 48 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a salary of € 2,770 gross per month in the first year up to a maximum of € 3,539 gross per month in the fourth and final year, based on a full-time position (1.0 fte). In addition, there is an 8% holiday allowance and a 8.3% end-of-the-year bonus. The position is limited to a period of 4 years. The first year constitutes a probationary period, with an evaluation of the candidate’s performance after 9 months. The objective of this evaluation is to establish whether the candidate will be able to finish a PhD thesis in the remaining three years. If the performance evaluation is positive, the candidate’s contract will be extended by another 3 years, for a total of 4 years.

Job Application

Applications for the position should include: - curriculum vitae (name, address, degree(s) with transcript(s) of grades, research experience, educational and employment history, etc.) - motivation letter - name and (e-mail) address of two academic references. You may apply for this position until 19 February 11:59pm / before 20 February 2024 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website). The University of Groningen strives to be a university in which students and staff are respected and feel at home, regardless of differences in background, experiences, perspectives, and identities. We believe that working on our core values of inclusion and equality are a joint responsibility and we are constructively working on creating a socially safe environment. Diversity among students and staff members enriches academic debate and contributes to the quality of our teaching and research. We therefore invite applicants from underrepresented groups in particular to apply. For more information, see also our diversity policy webpage: Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP): and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers: We provide career services for partners of new faculty members moving to Groningen. Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. dr. R. Gosens

In your application, please always include the job opening ID V24.0023

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