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A PhD Candidate in the field of peripheral nerve and immune cell interactions within a 3D in vitro oviduct model (PhD 1)
The PhD Candidate will engage in the development and assessment of a humanized 3D in vitro platform that combines peripheral neurons with innate and adaptive immune cells. This is within the context of an in vitro oviduct model, looking at neuro-immune interactions as this tissue responds to infection and damage, with the prospective of investigating peripheral neuron-immune interactions within other tissues. The student will engage in induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) culture, neural differentiation, and immune cell differentiation and culture. Other activities include applying biofabrication technologies to create 3D in vitro environments and fluidic culture devices, the application of different biochemical and molecular assays to monitor immune response and the onset of fibrosis, and a particular focus on applying (multiphoton) microscopy to visualize dynamic cell behaviour within 3D cell culture platforms.
The candidate will have a proven outstanding record to be part of an exceptionally skilled team that is being assembled thanks to recent European funding secured by the department. The work will suit highly ambitious candidates, who like to solve problems, and are at ease with timely deadlines, who like a fast-paced, but friendly and collaborative international environment with new challenges and opportunities for growth. The candidate is expected to disseminate the results through publications in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at international conferences.
Candidates for the PhD position in the field of peripheral nerve-immune cell interactions and 3D in vitro models (PhD 1) should have a M.Sc. degree in either biofabrication, regenerative medicine, biomedical sciences, or applied biology, with already proven experience in cell culture, in particular in 3D culture systems (e.g. hydrogels). Past experience with IPSCs and IPSC-derived neurons or differentiation and characterization of immune cells will be a strong addition. Excellent and proven knowledge of scientific English, both in speaking, reading, and writing is required.
Fixed-term contract: 1 + 3 years.
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