PhD Student Position @ Department of Biomolecular Medicine
Applications are invited for a 4-year, fully funded PhD fellowship, part of which will be conducted at the Center for Medical Genetics, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium, and part at the Laboratory for Translational Research in Osteoarthritis, Rush University, Chicago, USA.
|Last application date||Jul 15, 2019 23:59|
|Department||GE31 – Department of Biomolecular Medicine|
|Degree||Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Master of Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Master of Medicine in Medicine|
|Vacancy Type||Research staff|
The topic of the research project is the study of molecular mechanisms underlying chronic pain in heritable connective tissue disorders. In this project genetics, transcriptomics, extracellular matrix biochemistry, measurement of pain-related outcomes in preclinical models for the heritable collagen disorder ‘Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome’, immunohistochemistry, cell culture, neuroanatomical techniques and in vivo neuronal (Ca)i imaging techniques will be used in order to investigate structural correlates to musculoskeletal pain and characterize sensory neurons that contribute to symptoms. Principal investigators on the project are at Ghent University: Fransiska Malfait, Delfien Syx, at Rush University: Anne-Marie Malfait.
Ghent University offers a 4-year fully funded PhD training in a stimulating scientific environment.
You will be registered in specific program of the doctoral school and will be able to attend the associated courses. You will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities. You will be guided on a daily basis by well-trained professionals and get a thorough training in scientific thinking, practice, presentation and writing. The default start date is October 1, 2019, but there is some flexibility.
Profile of the candidate
- You have a good background in basic sciences.
- You are willing to learn and adopt a variety of techniques of genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology.
- You have (or are willing to obtain) a Felasa C certificate to work with laboratory animals.
- You have excellent oral and written communication skills, and have a good knowledge of English.
- You aim for perfection and are practically skillful.
- You are ambitious, inventive and have a long-term vision.
- You are willing and capable to work as a team member.
- You are willing to spend part of your PhD training in Chicago, USA
How to apply
Applications including a CV and cover letter should be sent electronically to prof. Fransiska Malfait (Fransiska.Malfait@Ugent.be). Preselected candidates will be invited for a (Skype) interview. Starting date will be determined in agreement with the candidate.