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Jos Vander Sloten
06-05-2006, 10:14 PM
Three Ph.D. grants available at K.U.Leuven related to bone tissue engineering

In the framework of a recently approved interdisciplinary project
funded by the Research council of K.U.Leuven, three Ph.D. grants are
available for a period of three years each. The title of the
project, which most likely will start in the last quarter of 2006, is
"Development and quantitative evaluation of in vitro and in vivo
three dimensional environments for clinically relevant osteoinductive
tissue engineering constructs". The project partners are from the
faculties of Engineering, Bio-engineering and Medicine.

The three Ph.D. grants are complementary to each other and cover each
an other area of bone tissue engineering research at K.U.Leuven:
- One Ph.D. student will focus on the design, production and
quality control of non-hydrogel and hydrogel based scaffolds,
including deposition of coatings.
- One Ph.D. student will focus on quantification of the
bioreactor environment, and design and produce a controllable
bioreactor; modeling and controlling of biological processes is the
main task of this person.
- One Ph.D. student studies the biological behavior of the
scaffolds and performs the in vitro and the in vivo experiments; this
person has a background in Biology, Biomedical Sciences or in Bioengineering.

Besides a thorough knowledge of one or several of the research topics
discussed above, also interdisciplinary thinking and teamwork are
essential skills to contribute successfully to consistent tissue
engineering. All tasks will be performed in the labs of participating
partners, in collaboration with other tissue engineering researchers.

Interested candidates send a motivated application letter with a
detailed curriculum vitae to Prof. Jos Vander Sloten, K.U.Leuven,
Division of Biomechanics and Engineering Design, Celestijnenlaan
300C, B-3001 Leuven
(jos.vandersloten@mech.kuleuven.be)

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Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Position in Bone Tissue Engineering

Description:

At the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, within the existing
interdisciplinary tissue engineering program, a newly approved 3 year
research project will start in the fall of 2006. The project aims to
develop a quantitative 3D environment for bone tissue engineering
constructs, by combining scaffolds, cells and biological compounds in
a controlled bioreactor environment, allowing the development of
reproducible TE-constructs. Five different research groups
(mechanical & materials engineers, bio-engineers, biologists and
physicians) are supporting this project. The project team consist of
3 PhD-students and one 1 Postdoc, who will head the project, in
collaboration with the already active tissue engineering projects.
The position will start as the project commences and will run for the
duration of the project (3 years).
Specific tasks include: 1) project management and involvement in
long-term TE-planning, 2) biological functionalisation of scaffolds,
3) control of stem cell behaviour in a 3D bioreactor, 3) bioreactor
culturing, and 4) in vivo experiments in different animal models.
He/She will be mainly based at the Tissue Engineering Unit of the
Division of Rheumatology at the University Hospitals and will be
working with an interdisciplinary team. He/She will report directly
to the project management board. Applications will be reviewed
immediately until the position is filled.

Qualifications:

PhD in Tissue Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical
Engineering, Materials Science, and/or Molecular and Cellular
Biology. An ideal candidate should have previous experience in
mammalian cell culture and molecular biology techniques. Previous
experience in animal handling and surgery and/or biomaterials
processing and characterization is a plus. The candidate should also
have good writing skills as evidenced by his/her publication record.
He/she should be a team player with some experience in an
interdisciplinary tissue engineering environment.

Contact:
Prof. Jos Vander Sloten
Division of Biomechanics and Engineering Design
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Celestijnenlaan 300C
B-3001 Leuven
Belgium

Or: Prof. F.P. Luyten
Division of Rheumatology
Herestraat 49, U.Z. Gasthuisberg
B-3000 Leuven
Belgium


Email:
Jos.vandersloten@mech.kuleuven.be
or frank.luyten@uzleuven.be
Phone:
+32 16 32 70 99 or 32 16 342541



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