Postdoc in Development of Polymeric Microcarriers Working as Red Blood Cells Substitutes

DTU Nanotech
torsdag 06 apr 17

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DTU Nanotech (Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology), is an international research and education nanoscience Department based at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). DTU Nanotech undertakes interdisciplinary research involving scientists from relevant areas in physics, chemistry, molecular biology and engineering.

The Biomimetics, Biocarriers and Bioimplants Group (The 3Bs) is a highly interdisciplinary and positive group with open-minded and supportive members. The 3Bs research areas are focusing on drug delivery, tissue engineering and cell mimicry.

The 3Bs group at DTU Nanotech is searching for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow with strong ambition and commitment to a very productive environment. The 3Bs comprises the fields of organic chemistry, materials science and cell biology.

The contract will be initially for 1 year and, upon a positive evaluation, it will be extended to 2 years. The position is available as soon as possible.

Responsibilities and tasks
The postdoctoral researcher will work in a highly interdisciplinary project in the interface of polymer chemistry, materials science together with molecular and cell biology. The research project will be focused in the fabrication of a new class of microcarriers with potential to serve as Red Blood Cells Substitutes (RBCS).

Blood is crucial for our survival and the only way to substitute for blood loss occurring during accidents or surgery is by using blood from donors. However, blood transfusions have some limitations and risks: before blood can be transfused, there is a need for typing and matching due to the different blood groups causing fatal delays in emergency situations. Also, blood has a short storage lifetime, which makes it impossible to create large blood supplies to be used in acute disasters such as earthquakes or plane accidents. Furthermore, blood transfusions can help spreading new viral infections, like it happened with HIV in the 80s. Thus, developing a new oxygen-carrier solution for use when red blood cells are neither an option or available persists as one of the foremost important challenges in biomedicine.

The successful candidate will play a leading role in the development and characterization of polymeric microcarriers encapsulating the essential components for the creation of RBCS.

The job also involves co-supervision of Ph.D. and master students.

Qualifications
Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

The ideal candidate holds a PhD degree or equivalent in chemistry or materials science and has a general overview of how to realize and characterize drug delivery systems. A strong background in colloids and interfaces, polymer chemistry, analytical instrumentation, cell culture and in vivo experience with murine models is an advantage. Excellent writing skills are crucial.

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Strong publication record
  • Innovative skills, ability to generate new ideas and to implement them in the experimental field
  • Independent problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication and language skills
  • Experience from international collaborative Projects 

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Leticia Hosta-Rigau, leri@nanotech.dtu.dk

You can read more about DTU Nanotech on www.nanotech.dtu.dk and about The Biomimetics, Biocarriers and Bioimplants Group (The 3Bs) on http://www.nanotech.dtu.dk/research-mega/forskningsgrupper/3bs

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 30 May 2017. Apply online at www.career.dtu.dk.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online" fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (an official translation into English)
  • List of publications 

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Nanotech - the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology - is situated in the northern part of Copenhagen. DTU Nanotech is a centre of excellence in micro- and nanotechnology utilising sciences across the traditional boundaries of technology, thereby enabling innovative solutions for the benefit of society. DTU Nanotech has approx. 220 staff members. With 40 % international employees, the department constitutes an international environment.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,300 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.