2011 PhD Studentship in Pharmaceutics at University of Ghent, Belgium

The PhD project will be carried out at the Biophotonic imaging Group which is hosted by the Laboratory of General Biochemistry and Physical Pharmacy and is focused on studying cell-nanoparticle interactions and is therefore a unique mix between nanotechnology and advanced cell biology. The interaction of nanosized particles and living cells and the possible occurrence of nanoparticle-induced cellular toxicity is a relatively new research field which is rapidly gaining importance. As nanoscopic materials are used in many technological applications, human beings can be unwillingly exposed to a great variety of nanomaterials.A major challenge and second main goal of this PhD project is therefore the implementation of these toxicity assays in a high-content and high throughput setup. This part of the project will be carried out in close collaboration with Dr. Winnok De Vos (Bio-Imaging and Cytometry, Faculty of Bio-Engineering) in context of the recently founded Centre for Nano- and Biophotonics.

-Eligible candidates must have a master degree (or equivalent) in biomedical sciences, biotechnology, bioscience engineering or pharmacy. -Also students that will graduate in the academic year 2010-2011 are eligible to apply for the position. -The candidate must be a citizen of a member state of the European Economic Area or Switzerland and must be eligible to apply for an IWT scholarship for strategic fundamental research.

Scholarship Deadline: 2011-09-01

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