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.