European training network for development of personalized anti-infective medical devices combining printing technologies and antimicrobial functionality

Ghent University (UG) is a university with over 41000 students (including >4000 students from abroad) and 9000 employees (of which approx. 10% come from abroad). UG aims to encourage its students to adopt a critical attitude within a creative, development-oriented educational and research environment. UG is composed of 11 faculties and more than 117 faculty departments. In addition to these faculties, UG has 5 doctoral schools, which provide support to doctoral students through specialized courses as well as transferable skills training, contribute to a quality culture in research, and take care of the social and international visibility of the doctoral degree.

The following vacancy is available at Ghent University, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology (LPM)

Early Stage Researcher (PhD Candidate) for the PRINT-AID Innovative Training Network within the Marie Sklodowska Curie Programme (one full time position, 36 months)

Application deadline: 15 March 2017

The Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Microbiology (LPM) of Ghent University aims to carry out basic and applied research in the field of sociomicrobiology, i.e. research on the group behaviour of micro-organisms. More specifically, in the LPM research is centered around biofilm formation by various micro-organisms, the evaluation of novel strategies to prevent biofilm formation and/or eradicate existing biofilms, the molecular basis of resistance in biofilms and cell-cell communication (quorum sensing) and its link to microbial biofilm formation. At the European level, members of the LPM play a leading role in the activities of the ESCMID Study Group on Biofilms. At the regional and national level, the LPM is member of the Ghent University Center for Sociomicrobiology, and is actively involved in the FWO Scientific Research Community "Biology and Ecology of Bacterial and Fungal Human Bioflms" as well as the FNRS Contact Group “Molecular Bacteriology”. The LPM currently consists of 3 postdoctoral researchers, 10 PhD students, and 3 technicians. More information can be found at

The successful candidate will be involved in research aimed at identifying compounds that “potentiate” the activity of antibiotics against biofilms. Following the identification of such compounds, combinations will be evaluated and optimized. For successful combinations, the mode of action will be elucidated. Finally, the candidate will be responsible to evaluate the in vivo efficacy of the combination, when used as coating of 3D-printed femur implants.

What we expect from you

At the time of recruitment you must be in the first four years of your research career and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. You have excellent communication skills (in English) and are able to work efficiently in a team. Recruitment is open to all nationalities, but because of mobility rules defined by the EU, at the time of recruitment, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the reference date (compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account). Knowledge of basic techniques in microbiology is required. Experience in working with biofilms and/or a background in molecular microbiology is not required, but would be considered an asset.

What we offer

  • Fulltime employment for 36 months (3 years)
  • Tax free fellowship including full social security coverage (net monthly amount starting at ± 1.900 EUR/month plus end-of-year and vacation allowance), mobility allowance and (if applicable) family allowance
  • Integration in an internationally-oriented research group with ample access to state-of-the-art infrastructure
  • High-level training within the PRINT-AID training programme

Would you like to know more?

  • Further information on the PRINT-AID project:
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  • For more information about this vacancy, please contact: Prof. Dr. Tom Coenye, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you interested?

Please send your application to Prof. Coenye, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your application should include the following attachments (all documents in one single pdf file!):

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief description of previous research experience (if any)