PhD Scholarship in Adaptable and 3D Printable Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering

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The Department of Health Technology at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is looking for a candidate for a 3-year PhD position on the Development of self-healing, 3D Printable and intelligent biomaterials for tissue engineering applications and monitoring of the tissue regeneration process. The PhD candidate will join the Department of Health Technology (DTU Health Tech); however; the project will be carried out jointly together with Utrecht University in the Netherlands and University of Navarra in Pamplona (Spain). Generally, speaking the PhD project is highly multidisciplinary and will be carried out at the crossroads of biology, engineering, physics, chemistry and biomaterials.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your work includes developing self-healing and 3D printable biomaterials for tissue engineering. 

Specifically you will focus on the below key focus areas:

  • You will contribute to the field of tissue engineering through the development of nanoengineered and self-healable hydrogels
  • Your research will include characterizing them mechanically,chemically and biologically
  • You have experience with working with polymers such as Alginate, Silk and Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA).
  • You will gain knowledge about two-dimensional materials and how they can be used to enhance material properties.
  • You have prior knowledge to micro-and-nanofabrication of miniaturized devices.
  • You will access prime training and experience with 3D extrusion printing.
  • As well as the biological evaluation of biomaterials in terms of their tissue regeneration potential.
  • Both in vitro and in vivo
  • You will engage as a team player in the department and help your colleagues to be their best in order to reach ambitious goals
  • Honor the existing DTU rules about data management and how to record data in laboratory books; while ensuring validity and reliability of the recorded data at all times.

You will co-supervise BSc, MSc, intern students in our team, and take initiatives in the planning of not only your own research but also those that you are supervising.

You should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

You must be familiar with design and fabrication of biomaterials. You must have a solid theoretical and practical background in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering and Cell Biology and some experience with 3D printing. You must also be able to maneuverer within multidisciplinary fields with ease and most importantly manage to work in a team.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

Starting date 1 June 2021 (or according to mutual agreement).

You can read more about career paths at DTU here

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Alireza Dolatshahi-Pirouz ( ), Manuel Mazo Vega ( ) and Miguel Castilho ( ). 

You can read more about DTU Health Tech at .

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark .

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 8 April 2021 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here )
  • 2-3 recommendation letters or academic references
  • A brief description of your ideas for future research in this field (max 2 pages).

Finally, we also expect all applicants to prepare a video (2-minute max) describing your scientific interests, previous research experience, why you are interested in joining #TeamBioEngine, and finally what your expectations of the world of tomorrow is as well as how you will engage in reshaping it in accordance with this vision of yours.

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

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

DTU Health Tech
DTU Health Tech engages in research, education, and innovation base on technical and natural science for the healthcare sector. The Healthcare sector is a globally expanding market with demands for the most advanced technological solutions. DTU Health Tech creates the foundation for companies to develop new and innovative services and products which benefit people and create value for society. DTU Health Techs expertise spans from imaging and biosensor techniques, across digital health and biological modelling, to biopharma technologies.  The department has a scientific staff of about 175 persons, 130 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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