Since lactation and pelvic floor recovery after childbirth are simultaneous processes, there is an interest to determine the interplay between these processes. We know that breastfeeding, is a period characterized by a hypoestrogenic state, which consequently likely influences pelvic floor recovery. However, we currently  know too little on pelvic floor (muscle) recovery after labor and the effect of breastfeeding. In order to provide better advise to women after childbirth, we need to gain a better understanding of the interplay, so that we can provide guidance on a better scientific basis, both from the perspective of optimal pelvic floor recovery, as well as the perspective of optimizing breastfeeding rates.

This postdoc position will help us with:

1. Executing a systematic review (with meta-analyses) to determine what has been established within the field of lactation and pelvic floor recovery and to identify research areas of interest.
2. Write a high impact (societal and/or scientific) funding proposal.


  • Interest in and/ or experience in women’s health related topics, such as breastfeeding or pelvic floor recovery;
  • Vision and ambitious drive (seeing opportunities and possibilities, showing ambition);
  • Knowledge of and experience in the execution and publication of a systematic review, as well as drafting a scientific research funding proposal;
  • Hold a PhD degree in medicine or a related field and have experience in research, which is apparent from publications in reputable academic journals, presentations in international scientific conferences, and other academic activities;
  • Conduct (medical and translational) research within a multidisciplinary environment;
  • Active in networks for acquiring research funding;
  • Good communication skills and an excellent command of English.


  • A 0.2 FTE PostDoc position for 2 years, and the flexibility to work (partially) from home.
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU).
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary ranging from € 2.960  to € 4.670.
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme.
  • A minimum of 232 leave hours in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • Free access to sports facilities on campus.
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid).
  • Excellent career support and courses for your professional and personal development.


Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via the ‘Apply now’ button below before May 14th, and include a motivation letter and CV (including list of publications)


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