PhD Student Position in the Messens Lab

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PhD Student Position: Design and Application of Fluorescent Protein-Based Biosensors in Neurodegenerative Disease
Project Description

This exciting opportunity involves research at the intersection of protein biochemistry, cell biology, microfluidics, and optics as part of a consortium between 4 VUB labs. The successful candidate will work on a cutting-edge project aimed at advancing our understanding of subcellular dynamics and metabolite communication in neurodegenerative diseases, like ALS. You will have the chance to collaborate with leading experts in the fields and utilize state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.


Responsibilities
  • Design and optimize fluorescent protein-based biosensors for the detection of metabolites such as hydrogen peroxide and employ them in human cells using confocal microscopy
  • Design and optimize fluorescence-based protein aggregation techniques
  • Closely collaborate with other teams in the consortium to advance research objectives and contributions to scientific publications
  • Present research findings at conferences and seminars

Qualifications
  • Master's or Bioengineering degree (or equivalent) in Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
  • Strong background in protein biochemistry
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a Master's thesis in protein biochemistry and/or cellular fluorescence detection techniques
  • Excellent communication in English and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

We offer
  • Competitive stipend and benefits package
  • Access to cutting-edge research facilities and resources
  • Opportunities for professional development and networking
  • Initial one-on-one supervision by a more senior scientist
  • Attendance of national and international conferences
  • Collaborative and supportive research environment
  • Guidance in fellowship applications

Application Deadline: 1 May 2024
Starting date: Flexible, preferably immediate 


How to Apply?

Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV, a cover letter outlining their research interests and relevant experience, academic transcripts, and contact information for at least one references. 

Please submit your application via the VIB application tool.

For more information or inquiries about the position, mail to [email protected].

Join us in making groundbreaking discoveries and shaping the future of scientific research! We look forward to welcoming you to our team.



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