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Post-doc researcher/scientist for work on a “Point-of-Care tool for bone disease prevention, detection and treatment”

The Centre for Microsystems Technology (CMST), which is part of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Ghent University and affiliated with imec vzw is looking for a highly motivated and experienced post-doc researcher. The successful candidate will work on a 4 year co-operative project funded by the European Commission. The aim of the project is the development, clinical validation and preparation for commercialisation of a Point-of-Care (PoC) tool for bone disease (a.o. osteoporosis) prevention, detection and treatment. The project is executed by an international consortium of partners from 6 different countries. The candidate must be willing and able to co-operate with some of these partners. The specific task of the candidate in the project will be the development and optimisation of a low-cost and stable sensor for the detection of proteomic bone health related biomarkers. The biomarkers are detected in a minimal volume of biofluid, using electrochemistry and microfluidics based technologies.
The desired background of the candidate is in chemical, biomedical or polymer microsystems engineering. The candidate should have knowledge in (subjects in descending order of importance) electrochemistry, biosensor design and technology, polymer microsystem or microfluidics design and technology.
The postdoctoral researcher will be emplyed in the frame of international scientific mobility. This means that in the past three years the researcher has not stayed more than 24 months in Belgium for the execution of a principal activity (work, study,…).
Proposed starting date of the contract is October 1, 2017. Interested candidates should send their CV and a dedicated motivation letter to prof. Jan Vanfleteren (e-mail: Jan.Vanfleteren@UGent.be) before August 1 st 2017.

PhD candidate: “Biomimetic microfluidic platform for in vitro culture of embryos”

The Centre for Microsystems Technology (CMST), which is part of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Ghent University and affiliated with imec vzw is looking for a highly motivated PhD candidate.
The successful candidate will work on a 4 year project funded by the FWO on the development of a novel microfluidic platform for the in-vitro culture of mammalian embryos. The goal of the project is to improve the success rate of the embryo culture by providing a closer approximation of the environment that is found in nature, i.e. instead of a static culture in an oil covered drop of medium on a Petri dish. Microfluidics will be applied to provide a more gradual refreshment of the culture medium and exposure to stimuli similar to the ones found in the genital tract. In this project, the bovine (cow) model is used for the verification of the concept, with the ultimate goal of improving the in-vitro culture of human embryos. Therefore, the project is highly multidisciplinary in nature and will be performed in close collaboration with the department of Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University, and the Department of Reproductive Medicine of the Ghent University Hospital.
The desired background of the candidate is in the field of (Bio)Engineering or Physics with a specialization in biotechnological, biomedical, micro-and/or nano-fabrication, polymer processing, or other fields that provide the required insight in multidisciplinary research involving the manufacturing of small structures. The candidate must be willing to perform hands-on work with mammalian embryos. The necessary training is foreseen if this is not yet a skill of the candidate.
Proposed starting date is 1 st of September 2017. The candidate should be eligible to enroll as a PhD candidate at the faculty of engineering and architecture at Ghent university. The requirements include :
  • Hold the degree of Master (or equivalent) from a BeNeLux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg) institution.
  • Holders of a foreign degree need to complete an admission procedure during which the academic aspects (equivalence of your degree, language skills) will be evaluated.
For more information: please send a letter and your CV to prof. Jan Vanfleteren (e-mail: Jan.Vanfleteren@UGent.be) before July 1 st 2017.
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