PhD student in the field of materials science and biotechnology

The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research University.

The University of Luxembourg invites applications for the following vacancy in a collaboration between the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) and the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biology (LCSB)

Doctoral candidate (PhD student) in the field of materials science and biotechnology (M/F)
  • S-STR-4002-00-B, ECLECTIC
  • 14 months fixed-term contract, renewable up to 4 years maximum,
  • Full-time (40h/week)
  • Student and employee status (36 months studies programme)

The PhD student will be a member of the PhyMS research unit within the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication as well as the Developmental and Cellular Biology group within the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biology at the University of Luxembourg. He/she will work under joint supervision of Prof. Dr. Jan Lagerwall and Prof. Dr. Jens-Christian Schwamborn. You will, on the one hand, be using microfluidic technology to produce liquid crystal elastomer tubes and evaluating their function as soft actuators, on the other hand, you will do research on the growth of ‘organoids’, miniaturized versions of biological organs growing in culture medium.

Your Role
  • Write a thesis in the domain of chemistry or physics, with a strong side interest in biology
  • Contribute to interdisciplinary research intersecting materials physics and chemistry and biology and biotechnology
  • Participate in the research project described above
  • Your Profile
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in physics, chemistry or materials science
  • Experience in quantitative research methods and practical work in chemistry and physics labs
  • Knowledge of materials physics and chemistry, including optics, mechanical properties and polymer chemistry and physics
  • Openness to interdisciplinary research and an interest in biology/biotechnology.
  • Commitment and capacity for team work and critical thinking;
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English.

We offer
  • Personal work space at the University.
  • Dynamic and multicultural environment.
  • You will be part of an exciting interdisciplinary thrust linking cutting-edge biology and materials physics research activities.

Candidates should submit the following documents:
  • Motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (if available)
  • Copies of diplomas

Please send your application online by 04/03/2018

Apply on-line (only) by following the instructions on this page.
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