The Faculty of Engineering, Department Chemische ingenieurstechnieken en industriële scheikunde, is looking for a PhD-student with a doctoral grant.
More concretely your work package, for the preparation of a doctorate, contains:
µFlow Cell is a multidisciplinary research group of the VUB that works on the upscaling of microfluidics for pharmaceutical, biotechnological or medical applications.
µFlow Cell is recognized and supported by VUB as a Group of Excellence in Advanced Research (GEAR). The group has a number of research lines that are further developed with the financial support of the Brussels Government via Innoviris, the Flemish Government via FWO and VLAIO, the European Union via Horizon Europe, or through direct collaborations with interested companies.
To support the activities of µFlow Cell, VUB is also building a new cleanroom (MICROLAB) for microfabrication in silicon and glass for microfluidics. The cleanroom is under construction and will be operational in the first half of 2023. MICROLAB will have a floorspace of 550 m², of which 300 m² will be equipped with the most advanced machines for every essential production step in microfabrication.
µFlow Cell is now looking for a PhD student who will participate in the project 'Scalable Bulk Acoustic Wave Solutions for Manipulations of Micro- and Nanoparticles in Flow (AWESOME). This project is supported by the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) for a period of 4 years, starting 1/10/22. The project will be carried out in a multidisciplinary research team with groups from VUB, UHasselt and KU Leuven. The project will also be advised by 10 Flemish/Belgian companies aiming at applications in the production of pharmaceutical ingredients and vaccines, harvesting of bioparticles in bioreactors, advanced coatings and materials, removal of microplastics from water. In particular, the candidate will work on the use of acoustic waves to manipulate microparticles in flow, and during his/her PhD seek new ways to manipulate smaller particles and in higher throughput than what is currently possible, so that the technique can be applied on industrial scale.
The doctoral student will at least be responsible for following tasks.
• Construction of new experimental setups, ensuring their good functioning through proper maintenance.
• Interact with other researchers and potential suppliers to continuously improve the setup.
• Independently conduct experiments on these setups.
• Design, analyse and report experiments.
• Interaction with other academic and industrial research groups.
• Prepare and possibly attend technical meetings with internal or external customers.
• Maintain order, safety and quality in his/her workspace.
For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Elsene) will serve as your home base.
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