Doctoral Fellowship - Joind Phd Antwerp University
Ghent University Department of Pharmaceutics

Doctoral Fellowship - Joind Phd Antwerp University



Last application date

    May 31, 2019 10:00


    FW01 - Department of Pharmaceutics

Employment category

    Doctoral fellow


    Limited duration


    Master degree in (Bio-)medical Sciences, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, (Bio-) Physics, Bioscience Engineering, Veterinary Sciences, Medicine or equivalent

Occupancy rate


Vacancy Type

    Research staff


Job description


     You prepare a doctoral thesis at the crossroads of Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences on the research topic described below.

     You perform scientific research and report on your results by actively participating in scientific conferences and by writing high-quality, peer-reviewed articles.

     You contribute to a limited extent to educational and scientific outreach activities




     A doctoral scholarship for a period of one year, which can be prolonged to a total of 4 years after a positive evaluation;

     The start date of scholarship is as soon as possible, but no later than October 1st, 2019.

      A cutting-edge research project in a dynamic and stimulating work environment where the candidate will be exposed to various state-of-the art technologies


Profile of the candidate


Research Topic


Photoporation is emerging as a powerful new technology for safe and efficient intracellular delivery of a wide variety of compounds. This is of major interest to various applications, such as the intracellular delivery of nucleic acids for the creation of modified cell lines, contrast agents like quantum dots for live cell labeling, or pharmaceutical compounds like antisense oligonucleotides for therapy. Photoporation relies on laser illumination of light-responsive nanoparticles that can transiently make the plasma membrane more permeable by local heating or pressure effects, allowing external compounds to diffuse into the cells. While it has been amply demonstrated that photoporation does not cause acute cytotoxicity, it remains unknown how it affects cell physiology at the short and longer term. Yet, this information is crucial to safely implement the technology in different settings, including for the modification of cells for cell-based therapies. Therefore, the purpose of this PhD project is to unravel the cellular response to photoporation on different relevant cell types. We will thereby focus on the early downstream events such as the activation of membrane repair pathways and induction of cellular stress levels, as well as more persistent changes in gene expression and genome integrity. The fundamental insights from these studies will provide a solid basis for making photoporation a standard transfection technology that can be used with confidence. At the same time, it will help devise strategies to reduce or exploit potential side effects of photoporation.

How to apply


     Applications can be submitted via email and should include a copy of your CV and a cover letter.

     For questions about the profile, research topic and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Kevin Braeckmans (, Tel 0032. or prof. Winnok De Vos (; Tel: 0032.


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