Job Opportunities

In the following, you can find a list of job opportunities offered by VascAgeNet participants. The list contains currently open positions. For more details, click on each of the offers and/or contact the contact person directly. Note: The positions are neither funded by the COST Action VascAgeNet nor by the COST Association. 

4 year PhD at CARIM School for Cardiovascular Diseases, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Institution/CompanyCARIM School for Cardiovascular Diseases, Maastricht University
ContactBart Spronck (b.spronck [at]
PositionFully funded PhD candidate position
Duration4 years
Job title / field of workPhD candidate in Vascular phenotyping: From arteriosclerosis to aortopathy
DescriptionAccelerated arterial stiffening increases cardiac workload, and eventually leads to heart failure. Aortic aneurysm rupture is lethal in 4–5 out of 10 cases. What do arterial stiffening and aneurysm rupture have in common, one may ask? Biomechanics and mechanobiology! The heart of this PhD project will be the assessment of arterial/aneurysmal structure and function. In our laboratory, we are currently performing such studies on small (murine) arteries using a dynamic, biaxial testing methodology ( Are you eager to join our multidisciplinary team? Apply before August 1!
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Application deadline01/08/2021
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2-year Scholarship at CNR, Italy

Institution/CompanyCNR, Institute of Clinical Physiology
ContactElisabetta Bianchini (elisabetta.bianchini [at]
PositionScholarship (post-Master Degree or post-Doc, required 2 years of experience in LifeScience field)
Duration2 years
Job title / field of workTRAILS: TRAnsfer Innovation in Life Sciences
DescriptionTRAILS wants to integrate the knowledge of graduates/doctorates with skills/experiences that can make them active bridges between industry and research in Life Science area. This scholarship stems from the conviction that only a cultural revolution centered on integrated approach to innovation can allow the best ideas to reach the society.
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Application deadlineclosed
Any other informationLife Science grant suitable for VascAgeNet (TRAILS is the reference title). Good English and basic Italian language required. Contact person will be the tutor and she is available for helping in application documents.

3-year Fully funded PhD Studentship at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK

Institution/CompanyCardiovascular Physiology Research Group, Cardiff Metropolitan University
ContactChris Pugh & Barry McDonnell (cjpugh [at], bmcdonnell [at]
PositionFully funded PhD Studentship
Duration3 years
Job title / field of workCardiovascular Exercise Physiology
DescriptionThe aim of the studentship is to conduct the first randomised controlled trial of the independent and combined effects of exercise training and statin therapy on blood vessel function in individuals at risk of CVD. This project will utilise cutting-edge ultrasound techniques to sensitively examine the respective cardiovascular benefit of these frontline strategies and provide novel insight into the most effective and personalised preventive treatment options to reduce CVD-risk.
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Application deadlineclosed
Any other informationThis PhD studentship is suitable for VascAgeNet members and associated group members. Members of the Supervisory team are members of VascAgeNet, Artery Society, ISH, ESH and BIHS.

3.5 year PhD Studentship at University of Tasmania, Hobart, AU

Institution/Company Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania
Country AU
Contact Martin Schulz (martin.schultz [at]
Position PhD Studentship
Duration 3.5 years
Job title / field of work Clinical Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology
Description The Exercise stress Test collaboratION (EXERTION) is a collaborative study established to enhance clinical understanding of abnormal exercise BP. A very-large database of clinical exercise stress test data from multiple locations around Australia have been pooled and linked to administrative health datasets to enable exploration of the associations between test variables and cardiovascular outcomes. This dataset provides the means to explore the following questions which will form the basis of this PhD program: 1. How is the blood pressure response to clinical exercise testing influenced by functional/aerobic capacity? 2. Does the association between exercise BP, cardiac structure and function differ by level of functional/aerobic capacity? 3. Does the association between exercise BP, cardiovascular events and mortality differ by level of functional/aerobic capacity?
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Application deadline All year round
Any other information Application criteria: – Completed a bachelor’s degree (preferably in exercise science/physiology or similar health/medical field) with first class honours or equivalent degree; or equivalent industry/clinical/research experience. – English language proficiency, both written and verbal.

4-year PhD/Postdoc at Cordoba University, Spain

Institution/Company Cordoba University
Country Spain
Contact Juan Antonio Moreno Gutiérrez (juan.moreno [at] )
Position PhD/Postdoc
Duration 4 years)
Job title / field of work Postdoc in renal and cardiovascular disease
Description Postdoc in renal and cardiovascular disease
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Application deadline 04/02/2021
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1 year Post-doc at Institute of Clinical Chemistry of the University and University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland

Institution/Company Institute of Clinical Chemistry of the University and University Hospital Zurich
Country CH
Contact Elena Osto (elena.osto [at]
Position Post-doc
Duration 1 year (with extension available if performance is good)
Job title / field of work Postdoc in cardiovascular metabolism
Description We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a PhD, MD or MD/PhD degree with a strong background in cardiovascular (endothelial or vascular biology) and/or metabolic disease. Qualified applicants should have a strong record ofachievements as evidenced by first-author research papers published in peer- reviewed journals and have a strong interest in a multidisciplinary approach to experimental and clinical research. The ideal candidate shows initiative, a vigorous “Can-Do“-mentality and ambition to succeed in a research career. The candidate is reliable and well organized and shows social skills to work in an international team. Hands-on experience with cardiovascular/metabolic animal models are required (e.g., metabolic phenotyping of rodent model of obesity, diabetes, genetically modified strains; surgical skills are a plus). Laboratory techniques will include flow cytometry, endothelial cell isolation, single cell RNA sequencing, myograph vascular studies, advanced imaging techniques, i.e. echocardiography. Prior experience on primary endothelial and adipocytes research are of advantage. The ability to design, evaluate and report research is required as well as excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
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Application deadline N/A
Any other information This position requires a direct involvement in the experimental and clinical arms of the study and close interaction/supervision of Master and PhD students.Start: upon agreement. The Position is available on a full-time basis for one year in the first instance, further extension is available based on performance.Please send your complete application material, including cover letter, CV, statement of motivation, list of publications, and of 2 contacts for reference combined into one single PDF-file to: elena.osto [at]
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