PhD student

Last application date
Feb 14, 2019 23:59
Department
WE07 - Department of Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry
Contract
Bepaalde tijd
Degree
Master of Science: Chemistry
Occupancy rate
100%
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

A healthy, balanced diet has a fundamental role in preventing a large range of chronic diseases and contributes to prolong life quality with obvious benefits for the individual as well as for the society. Aquaculture production plays a substantial role in this perspective because fish is an important source of well-balanced proteins and important nutrients such as marine-derived omega-3 fatty acids. However, its sustainability generates concerns as farmed fish diet is largely based on fish meal and fish oil. Consumer and environmental groups demand a continued move towards alternative feeds. The objective of this EU-FET project is to develop a next generation 3D culture platform that accurately mimics the complex functions of the intestinal mucosa. Its purpose is to make available a technology for predicting the health and nutritional value of innovative components of aquafeeds. We propose to develop new ad hoc biomaterials to create a 3D scaffold where to grow and differentiate a complete population of intestinal epithelial cells. The current position will thus require: polymer/hydrogel synthesis and characterization, polymer processing through moulding and 3D printing, scaffold characterization through imaging as well as physico-chemical and in vitro biological evaluation.

Profile of the candidate

  • Chemist (MSc) or equivalent degree, with strong affinity for polymers, biomaterials and biomedical applications
  • Know-how on cell biology and/or polymer processing are a surplus
  • Strong communication skills (English)
  • Very good writing skills (English)
  • Ability to rigorously design, accurately perform and analyse experiments
  • Hands-on mentality

How to apply

Please contact in case of interest (before 15th of February 2019)