PhD Student

Last application date
Dec 31, 2022 00:00
LA25 - Department of Biotechnology
Limited duration
Master with focus on Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Microscopy
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

Vacancy: PhD in Mechanobiology of cells
The “NanoBiotechnology” group (BW25), led by prof. Andre Skirtach at Ghent University - is looking for a qualified and motivated candidate to pursue a Ph.D. in mechanobiology and of cells.
Job offer:

  • PhD position to mechanobiology of cells projects (1 year, renewable to another 3 years)
  • Focus on applying and developing mechanobiology based tools, largely based on atomic force microscopy (AFM) and label free mechanical and vibrational spectroscopy to characterize mechanical properties of cells
  • Develop infrastructure based on higher through put mechanical characterization
  • Develop infrastructure based on vibrational spectroscopy
  • Research work on mammalian and plant cells
  • Challenging, creative, and constructive environment
  • Unique opportunity to participate in European/national research projects and to cooperate with other researchers
  • Competitive salary

Nano-Biotechnology group of Ghent University conducts interdisciplinary research applying advanced microscopy including using and developing atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman and infrared as well fluorescence microscopy to investigate: (a) cell biology related processes, for example, regulated cell death, which is relevant for immunotherapy, cell uptake of nanoparticles; and (b) biomaterials, their nanotopography and mechanical properties. Research will be dedicated to both careful characterization on single-cell or single particles as well as application of high-throughput techniques.
The Nanobiotechnology group is looking for a motivated PhD student, who is, on one hand, knowledgeable of biological processes and motivated, while on the other hand, is technically skilled and is willing to apply these skills to interdisciplinary research in cell biology, advanced microscopy, and biomaterials.

Your role in this project will be to apply existing algorithm associated with mechanical properties of cell characterization; developing additional algorithms for characterizing cells using vibrational spectroscopy; develop and apply high-throughput methods; develop and apply machine learning algorithm for treating data; maintaining and working with mammalian and plant cells.

Job profile

Your profile:

  • You hold or will receive soon a Master’s degree in Bioscience Engineering: Bio-sciences; Cell Biology; or Cell and Gene Biotechnology, or in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, or an equivalent degree. You must have distinguished yourself in your studies. The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment.
  • You have strong experimental and analytical skills, you are well organized, you are an excellent communicator, a team player.
  • You have experience or desire to learn to meticulously maintain cell culture facilities.
  • Your English is fluent, both in speaking and writing. Knowledge of Dutch is desirable.
  • Both young graduates and candidates with (industrial) experience are welcome
  • Knowledge of data analysis, machine learning, deep learning, optimization techniques, basic software concepts.
  • Candidates with teaching and industrial experience are welcome.

How to apply

Send your CV and motivation letter, including contact details for up to 3 references that we may contact, to, indicating “Application: PhD in Mechanobiology of cells” in the subject.