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

With 4,900 employees, the University of Antwerp is one of the largest employers in the province of Antwerp in Belgium. Every day, our employees' efforts ensure that innovative education is provided to 18,800 students, that groundbreaking fundamental and applied research is conducted and that the university is able to play its important role as a service provider in society.
The University of Antwerp is a large organisation, but at the same time also an organisation on a human scale which respects and listens to the individual. Working at the University of Antwerp means working at a young and lively university which offers a range of career development opportunities. The following vacancy is available at Antwerp University, Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Laboratory of Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene (LMPH).

Early Stage Researcher (PhD candidate) for the PRINT-AID Innovative Training Network within the Marie Sklodowska Curie Programme (1,0 fte)

Application deadline: 15 March 2017

The Laboratory of Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene (LMPH) is an inter-departmental research unit at the UA with 30 staff members, including 4 professors, 3 postdoctoral researchers and 15 PhD students. An extended panel of in vitro and in vivo laboratory models in bacteriology, mycology and parasitology allows the study of the pathogenesis of specific infectious diseases and pharmacological evaluation of antimicrobial therapies. Extensive expertise has been acquired on discriminatory in vitro biofilm models, macrophage-pathogen interactions and animal models in infectious diseases.

LMPH is a member of the Antwerp Drug Discovery Network (ADDN) that supports projects in early drug discovery starting from ‘hit’-generation to ‘lead’-optimization, with an emphasis on functional in vivo studies.

The PRINT-AID project will provide training across a wide range of disciplines including biology, pharmacology, chemistry and material sciences, ensuring interdisciplinary and intersectoral experience. You will be enrolled in the Antwerp Doctoral School and will defend your PhD at the end of the project. The PhD research will be conducted in English.

Early Stage Researcher 6: In vivo evaluation of single and multi-component formulations for respiratory devices

The objective of this research project is to optimize and validate a Pseudomonas aeruginosa ventilator-acquired pneumonia (VAP) rat model. This animal model will be used to characterize and offer an in vivo proof-of-concept of the efficacy of novel 3D-printed and 3D-printed/coated antimicrobial catheters.

The candidate we are looking for has a strong motivation to conduct hypothesis driven research in microbiology, has a strong sense of urgency and a profound drive to answer difficult research questions. He or she is able to function as part of a multidisciplinary team and is willing to conduct animal experiments (being certified to conduct animal experiments in the EU is highly recommended). The candidate should be able to perform lab work with great accuracy.

Work environment

You will perform your PhD research in a multidisciplinary Innovative Training Network (ITN) project called PRINT-AID.

To qualify, you must fulfill the following criteria

  • Hold a MSc or equivalent in a relevant field.
  • Be in the first four years of your research career, since e.g. completion of MSc. You cannot already possess a doctorate degree.
  • Be willing to move to the country where the research project is located. Additionally, you must NOT have worked or studied for more than 12 months during the last 3 years in the country where the research project is located.
  • Be proficient in both written and spoken English.
  • Be eligible to enroll on a PhD programme at the host institution (or at designated university in case the host institution is non-academic organisation).

What we have to offer

The MSCA programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and consists of Living allowance (approximately €37.320 /year (depending on a correction factor to be applied per country) and Mobility allowance (approximately €7200 /year). Researcher’s may also qualify for a Family allowance of €6000 /year depending on the family situation. In addition to the individual scientific projects at host institution, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes intra-sectoral secondments within the PRINT-AID training network, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in PRINT-AID workshops and summer schools.

duration of the contract: 3 years

Would you like to know more?

Further information on the PRINT-AID project:
Further information on the research group:
For more information about this vacancy, please contact: Prof. Dr. Paul Cos (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Are you interested?

Please send your application to Prof. Paul Cos, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae