Netherlands: PhD student ‘(bio)chemical modification of polymer-based bone substitute materials’ at Radboud University

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Description

The department of Biomaterials is focused on the development and evaluation of materials to be used for (i) temporary and permanent substitution of specific tissues and organs and (ii) medical aid. Examples include bone implants, bone substitute materials, percutaneous devices and implantable medical aids.
Within a new project, a position is available for a PhD student, who will specifically focus on the (bio)chemical modification of polymer-based bone substitute materials. This research is particularly focused on chemical techniques to modify polymers in a controlled fashion (e.g. size, porosity, surface properties, grafting, etc.), characterize these modified materials (using analytal techniques) and evaluate their performance (via in vitro cell culture and/or in vivo animal experiments). During the research, it is mandatory that the PhD-student transforms him/herself into an independent researcher, for which accounts that the contract is to be finalized with a PhD-thesis to obtain academic promotion.

Tasks:

  • prepare research protocols and perform experiments as described therein
  • write scientific publications
  • present research results at (inter)national scientific conferences

Requirements

  • MSc in a relevant area (chemistry, biochemistry, material science)
  • interested in implantology
  • pro-active attitude
  • hands-on mentality

Conditions of employment

  • Temporary, 36 hours per week
  • Schale 10A: max € 38699 gross per year at full employment (incl. vacation bonus and end of year payments)

Organisation

Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (RUN MC)

Department

The department of Biomaterials

The department of Biomaterials consists of a dedicated team of enthusiastic  researchers (~25 persons), technical assistance (4 persons) and scientific staff (6 persons). The Department of Biomaterials is a multidisciplinary environment with researchers originating from different backgrounds (chemistry, physics, material science, biomedical sciences, biology, medicine & dentistry) to effectively and efficiently perform the multidisciplinary research as a team. Additionally, the Department of Biomaterials collaborates with many (inter)national research groups and industrial partners. The Department of Biomaterials is part of the Research School Nijmegen Center for Molecular Life Sciences (NCMLS; theme ‘Regenerative Medicine & Microenvironment’).

Additional information

For additional information please contact dr. ing. Jeroen JJP van den Beucken, tel. +31 6-45198460;j.vandenbeucken@dent.umcn.nl).

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