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Professor of Experimental Pain Medicine







What are your resonsibilities?
The Maastricht University Medical Center+ (MUMC+) and Maastricht University (UM) are looking for a professor of experimental pain medicine. If you want to contribute to high-quality basic and translational research to better recognize and treat chronic pain, respond to this vacancy now!

You will work within the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at MUMC+. You will conduct research within the experimental pain laboratory of the Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNs) Research Institute at UM. In addition to research, you will also engage in educational activities for UM and management activities.


As a Professor of Experimental Pain Medicine, you will be at the forefront of our translational neuroscience research. Starting from a clinical diagnosis and current treatment options, we formulate fundamental questions. Based on these research questions, basic neuroscience research is conducted, and the results are translated back to the clinic.
Currently, the research focuses on three domains:
  • Neuromodulation (particularly spinal cord stimulation) in chronic neuropathic pain.
  • Development of bio-based drug delivery for chronic pain.
  • Prediction and treatment of chronic postoperative pain.

  • Your responsibilities include:
    • Strengthening and expanding translational research within at least one of the aforementioned domains.
    • Leading the experimental pain medicine laboratory of the "Translational Neuroscience" division of the MHeNs research institute, closely collaborating with other researchers from FHML and colleagues from the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN), for example, within the Center for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN).
    • Funding acquisition for new research.
    • Strengthening the national and international character of experimental pain medicine by expanding collaboration with clinical partners, other universities, and industry.
    • Shaping biotechnological research on chronic low back pain within the SPINE center in collaboration with the Departments of Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Rehabilitation, and the MERLN research institute.


    One of the ambitions of our department is to expand the role of anesthesiology and pain medicine by serving as a bridge between clinical and preclinical subjects. As a Professor of Experimental Pain Medicine:
    • You contribute to education in the training of medical students, students of other health-related disciplines, anesthesiologists, and pain specialists.
    • You supervise PhD students during their doctoral research.
    • You mentor postdocs and clinical researchers in their University (senior lecturer) trajectory (UHD trajectory).
    • You contribute to the establishment/participation of relevant master's programs at the FHML and FPN faculties of Maastricht University.

    Job Requirements
    We are looking for someone with expertise in the field of medical biology, neuroscience, medicine, and/or a related field. Additionally, you have international research experience, as evidenced by scientific publications in reputable journals, funding acquisition, memberships in international scientific bodies, and invitations as a speaker at international conferences. Even more importantly, we are looking for someone with a vision to reduce the gap between diagnosis and treatment of pain management.
    You also possess:
    • Leadership qualities to lead our research lines and guide scientists.
    • Persuasive ability to attract new academics and research grants.
    • Proven experience in successfully supervising PhD students.
    • Knowledge and willingness to participate in administrative activities within MUMC+ and UM.
    • Teaching experience to improve existing educational systems. You also have a Basic Teaching Qualification (BKO) or international equivalent.
    • Collaborative skills to represent MUMC+ at conferences and with our collaboration partners.
    • Proficiency in the English language, both spoken and written.

    How is the work environment?
    Maastricht UMC+, a world where top care goes hand in hand with warmth and attention for the individual. Where personal and professional growth and development is a matter of course. It is a world that can be the start of a great career.
    With over 7.500 employees, Maastricht UMC+ is one of the largest employers in Limburg, while its research, quality of care and education are renowned throughout the world. In that environment there are constant opportunities for all those and who want to excel with us.
    Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
    In the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML), everything revolves around healthy living. Our research and education are not only focused on recovery but also strongly emphasize prevention, health maintenance, and health promotion. We aim to use our knowledge and expertise to truly ensure healthy lives for individual people and society as a whole. In education, research, and healthcare, FHML is closely connected with Maastricht University Medical Center, forming the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+).
    FHML is an international community of employees and students and is the largest faculty of Maastricht University. The faculty offers a wide range of Dutch and English-language bachelor's and master's programs in innovative educational concepts that always focus on bridging to practice.
    The multidisciplinary research of FHML focuses on a number of carefully selected current themes. In addition to research aimed at gaining new insights, it also includes research whose results can be directly translated into concrete applications and innovations. The execution of the various research programs is organized in our eight research institutes.
    Chronic pain is a clinical and societal problem. Many people struggle with pain that can be medically classified as chronic neuropathic pain, low back pain, painful diabetic polyneuropathy, cancer pain, and peri or postoperative pain. Often, it is challenging to diagnose these pain complaints as well as to develop an effective treatment plan. Therefore, the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine focuses on translational neuroscience research, aiming at diagnostics, treatment, and basic experimental research.

    Work contract The employment contract is entered into for an indefinite period of time, based on Article 2.3 of the Cao umc, for an average of 36 hours per week, with an appointment for 5 years to the chair at Maastricht University.

    What we offer
    • Candidate is appointed after the statutory probationary period at MUMC+ for an indefinite period as a staff member within the Department of Anesthesiology;
    • The appointment as personal professor is for a period of five years, (after positive evaluation (intention) to reappoint). The criteria for evaluation by the Supervision Committee will be detailed by the professor in a plan of action;
    • Depending on education and experience, the position will be graded at A15 in accordance with the collective labor agreement for university medical centers (umc);
    • End-of-year bonus of 8.3% of your gross annual salary;
    • Good pension provision with the ABP;
    • Possibility of collective insurance for medical expenses (umc) and disability (Loyalis);
    • Cao à la Carte, including for example a bicycle scheme and fitness subscription;
    • Various in-company trainings and possibility for development via e-learning methodology.

    Depending on education and experience, the salary is a maximum of € 9,361 gross per month for a full-time position, in accordance with scale A15 of the University Medical Centers Collective Labor Agreement.

    Any questions?
    Are you interested in the position of Professor of Experimental Pain Medicine but still have questions? Then contact prof. M. Buise via email en/of Prof. J. Van Zundert via via email for more information.
    Would you like to apply directly? You can do this by applying digitally via this website before June 25, using the "apply" button. Applications via other channels cannot be processed by us. With your application, we request you to upload a CV and motivation letter.