Doctoral Position in Ophthalmology
University of Antwerp Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Belgium

Doctoral Grant (BOF), Ophthalmology

The Faculty of Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of Translational Neurosciences for a


Doctoral Grant by the University Research Fund (BOF) in the area of Ophthalmology


Bringing organ-on-chip technology to Ophthalmology: the development of a cornea-on-chip


The Antwerp Research Group for Ocular Science (ARGOS) is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated PhD-candidate to join their team. We focus on tissue engineering and translational medicine of the human cornea through a multidisciplinary approach. Your research will focus on the development of a cornea-on-a-chip through a combination of corneal cell biology and materials development.


Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of corneal cell biology and organ-on-chip technology.
  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment.
  • You contribute to teaching and research in Translational Neurosciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Antwerp Research Group for Ocular Science (ARGOS).


Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree, from an European university, in biomedical sciences, biochemistry, medicine, pharmacy or a closely related discipline.
  • The degree must be obtained no earlier than 2017.
  • You are willing to apply for a personal FWO PhD fellowship.
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • Foreign candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • Prior experience in cell culture is a plus.
  • English speaking and writing skills are required.


We offer

  • a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;
  • the start date of the scholarship will be between May 1st 2020 and October 1st 2020;
  • a monthly grant ranging from € 2.447,20 to € 2.596,27 according to the standard Flemish bursary levels for PhD students;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.


How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date February 14th, 2020 and should include a copy of your CV and a cover letter.
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst 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 February 17th and March 1st, 2020.
  • More information about the online application form can be obtained from vacatures@uantwerpen.be.
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact dr. Steffi Matthyssen, 03/265 28 51, steffi.matthyssen@uantwerpen.be.


The University of Antwerp is a family friendly organization, with a focus on equal opportunities and diversity. Our HR-policy for researchers was awarded by the European Commission with the quality label HR Excellence in research.

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