PhD Position in Stealth Organic Nanoparticles

University of Twente


Job description

The immune response to biomaterials limits the desired bio-activity and the development of universal bio-functionalization strategies broadly applicable. In this ESR/PhD project, LipoCoat’s patented biomimetic nanometer-sized coating and coatings offered by the MSCA-ITN project partners will be introduced to different types of particles to shield the physico-chemical characteristics of the underlying nanoparticle surface from the immune system. The coated nanomaterials will be evaluated in in-vitro assays e.g. whole blood assays to study T-cell and macrophage (subtype) activation. We anticipate that a successful coating will homogenize the distinct immune response to the respective nanoparticles.

Your profile

We are searching a colleague with a background in organic chemistry, organic materials chemistry, biomedical technology or biomedical engineering. Candidates with experiences in one or more of the following have a preference: biofunctionalization chemistry; antibacterial, antifouling or antibiofilm efficacy studies; in vivo immune response studies. Communicative skills are important as this is a collaborative project with other institutions.

Our offer

We offer a very challenging fulltime position in an inspiring multidisciplinary and international environment. LipoCoat and the UT offer a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

·       The gross monthly salary starts with € 2.395,- in the first year, second year € 2.790, third year € 2.920 and the fourth year € 3.061.

·       A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;

·       A solid pension scheme;

·       29 holidays in case of full-time employment;

·       PhD development program;

·       Work location: Enschede – The Netherlands.

Information and application

Please send your application via the ‘Apply now’ button, and include:

A motivation letter describing why you apply for this position, with a description of your research interests (no more than 1 A4), a copy of your passport, and academic transcripts from your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees (with marks and courses) and a detailed CV.

You are welcome to contact me, prof. dr. Pascal Jonkheijm on for more information about the vacancy.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at LipoCoat and at our University. We encourage applications from all sections of society.

About the department

An Early Stage Researcher / PhD position is available at LipoCoat BV and at the University of Twente (UT) in the Netherlands under the supervision of prof. dr. Pascal Jonkheijm. The ESR/PhD is part of the Marie Skłodowska - Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN) project “DIRNANO - Directing the immune response through designed nanomaterials”. The ESR/PhD is part of the UT graduate school. LipoCoat is a biotech spin-off from the prestigious MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology and TechMed Centre of the UT. LipoCoat has recently been named the Best Medical Device Coatings Company of 2020 in the Global Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards 2020. The Jonkheijm lab and LipoCoat jointly work on the general problem associated to the poor surface properties of many medical devices that result in problems of discomfort and infection risk.

About the organization

TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the TNW Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

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