PhD Position on ‘Dietary prevention of vascular calcification’ at Radboud University

The department of Physiology-Radboud University is looking for a PhD Candidate ‘Dietary prevention of vascular calcification’.

The aim of this project is to determine which nutrients can prevent CPP formation and thereby contribute to the early prevention of vascular calcification. Rather than only screening nutrients, the department aims to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying vascular calcification.

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), accounting for 40–50% of all deaths in stages 4-5. CKD represents an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, in addition to traditional risk factors as smoking and hypertension. As early as CKD stage 3, the risk of cardiovascular disease is 2-fold higher than in individuals with a normal kidney function.


  • Design and perform scientific research in the area of cell biology, biochemistry and physiology.
  • Generate and analyse the data in order to contribute to scientific publications and presents findings at scientific meetings.
  • Work in a team with other students and scientists to discuss, plan and perform research in a stimulating environment.
  • Work in an international research group with fellows from many countries.
  • Complete the project with a scientific dissertation.


  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A free access to high-quality training programs on general skills, didactics and topics related to research and valorization.
  • Annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • Radboud university medical center pays 70% of the pension premium.

Job Requirements

The PhD Position on ‘Dietary prevention of vascular calcification’ seeks applicants with

  • MSc in (Medical) Biology, Biomedical Sciences or Medicine.
  • Experience in (bio)medical research and molecular level of thinking.
  • Article 9 Certificate for animal experiments. 
  • Strong motivation to succeed in scientific research.
  • Well-developed social skills directed to work in a team.
  • An independent and well-structured working style.
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Application Process

The PhD Position on ‘Dietary prevention of vascular calcification’ application should include:

  • A motivation letter
  • A curriculum vitae, and
  • References

To apply for the PhD Position on ‘Dietary prevention of vascular calcification’, click here.

Application Deadline: October 26, 2021.

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