PhD Supramolecular Biomaterials for the construction of a Bioartificial kidney
We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented PhD student in the area of supramolecular biomedical materials. The research of our group is aiming at the design of supramolecular biomedical materials for regenerative medicine. These biomedical materials are inspired by nature, and will be investigated as intelligent scaffolds for tissue engineering, or as adaptive, multivalent medicine. Our ultimate goal is to design and synthesize materials which cannot be distinguished by the body from its own tissues.
In this project, you will work on supramolecular, bioactive membranes for the construction of a bioartificial kidney (also have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWHC5OOetiA). You will for example develop dynamic, supramolecular biomaterials that can be functionalized with bioactive peptide sequences. By varying the binding of the peptides to the biomaterial the dynamics in the system can be changed. Molecular understanding of complex biomolecular interactions within the supramolecular biomedical material, and between the material and cells are crucial for a successful design and development of a suitable membrane for tissue engineering. We combine strategies from chemistry, biology and medical sciences, and always keep the patient in mind. Supramolecular chemistry, biochemistry, material sciences, organic chemistry, and molecular biology play an important role.
This project is part of a collaborative project with several academic and industrial partners financed by the national BioMedical Materials (BMM) research program.
We are seeking enthusiastic candidates that have recently been graduated (or soon graduate) from a MSc program in biochemistry, supramolecular chemistry, organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, medical biology, molecular biology, biomedical engineering, or molecular life sciences. We are aiming for the best candidates that have strong affinity for multidisciplinary research; scientists who will show a strong personal and scientific growth during the years. However, the most important quality we are looking for is scientific curiosity, willingness to learn, and drive to explore. Excellent analytical and communication skills, and fluency in written and spoken English are essential.
Conditions of employment
Appointment and Salary
A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious, multidisciplinary research team. Close collaboration with leading national and international groups in the fields of soft matter science, materials science, and polymer technology. Gross monthly salaries in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), increasing from € 2.042 per month initially to € 2.612 in the fourth year. Moreover 8% bonus share (holiday supplement) is provided annually. An attractive package of fringe benefits (including excellent work facilities, child care and sport facilities). Also, we can help you find accommodation. The TU/e is an equal opportunity employer.
Interested? Let us know. Also for more information, contact dr. Patricia Dankers (mail: P.Y.W.Dankers [at] tue [.] nl, or via phone: +31(0)40 247 2482). More information about the ICMS and this PhD position may also be obtained from Sagitta Peters MSc, Business Manager of the ICMS (s.peters [at] tue [.] nl, or via phone: +31 (0)40 247 2482).
To ensure consideration, your application should include:
- An application letter that outlines your qualification, interest and motivation for this position
- A CV with details on education, employment, publications, and research experience, as well as contact information for 1-2 referees.