Doctoral Grant Inflammation and Infection

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 21 Apr 2021

Department: Cell Biology and Histology
Regime Full-time

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Antwerp is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Laboratory of Cell Biology and Histology & Laboratory of Medical Microbiology/Vaccine & Infectious Disease Institute for a

Doctoral Grant in the area of Inflammation and Infection.

The Molecular Pathology group of Cell Biology & Histology (link)  at the University of Antwerp is a highly dynamic team focusing on human clinical trial samples as well as preclinical animal models and

related to infection and inflammation. Together with Laboratory of Medical Microbiology, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute (link) , the team is investigating host factors in pneumonia following a multidisciplinary and multi-omics approach. This doctoral project is part of a larger European H2020 project entitled ORCHESTRA (Connecting European Cohorts to Increase Common and Effective Response to SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic, call: Pan-European COVID-19 cohorts [SC1-PHE-CORONAVIRUS-2020-2D]) aiming to build a network utilizing pan-European cohorts of SARS-CoV-2 patients to

  • Assess SARS-CoV-2 risk factors for infection
  • Identify epigenetic, immunological, microbial, and viral markers for SARS-CoV-2 infection
  • Homogenize data sharing for increased surveillance
  • Homogenize sampling, storage, and analyses
  • Estimate the COVID-19 burden

In this doctoral project, we intend to comprehensively profile cellular immunity and serology of the host antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory viral infections with the aim of identifying markers indicative of disease severity and long-term immunity in COVID-19 patients as well as in vaccinated individuals.

Job description

  • You contribute to the multidisciplinary research and publish scientific articles related to your research project
  • You interact and efficiently collaborate with other members of this highly multidisciplinary team
  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of molecular pathology of pneumonia
  • You coordinate biobanking activities pertinent to management of patient samples collected during this trial together with laboratory technicians and the biobank manager 

Profile and requirements 

  • You hold a master degree in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Bioengineering, or equivalent degrees
  • You have outstanding academic results
  • You have a strong background and experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, and biology.
  • Certification to work with laboratory animals holding at least a FELASA-B or equivalent certification (link)  is a plus
  • You are fluent in written and spoken English and have excellent communication skills
  • You can work both independently as well as in an international team
  • You are an excellent planner to meet milestone and deliverable deadlines
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, and creative
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy .

We offer

  • A doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year period after a positive evaluation
  • The start date of the scholarship will be July 1st  2021 or sooner
  • A gross monthly grant ranging from € 2.373,36 to € 2.516,73
  • A dynamic and stimulating work environment

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be  submitted online , until the closing date April 21st 2021 and should include a copy of your CV, transcript, and a motivation letter
  • A pre-selection will be made from the submitted applications. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel
  • The interviews of the candidates, preselected by a selection panel, will take place between April 25th  and April 30th  2021
  • More information about the online application form can be obtained from vacatures@uantwerpen.be
  • For questions about the profile and the description of project, please contact Prof. Samir Kumar-Singh (samir.kumarsingh@uantwerpen.be ) 

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