PhD Scholarship in 3D Printed Microenvironments for Mini-organ Culture

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark is inviting excellent students to apply for a PhD position in nanotechnology. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 3 years. This position is closed on December 02, 2018.

At DTU Nanotech we conduct cross-disciplinary research where micro- and nanotechnology is applied for a wide range of applications. The PolyCell group explores 3D microengineering of soft materials for advanced cell culture to create new opportunites for improving biological understanding and enabling future personalized medicine.

We invite you to join us on our current journey to engineer human mini-organs. We invite applications from you, a highly qualified candidate, for a 3-year PhD scholarship on stereolithographic 3D printing of soft materials for engineering the mechanical microenvironment of human cells to produce mature mini-organs (organoids).

The work will include 3D microprinting, modification, and analysis of printed structures to engineer their mechanical properties, and assessment of the printed structures' ability to induce differentiation and maturation of 3D cell cultures.

The PhD scholarship is part of the project "Microengineering soft mechanical properties in 3D for next-generation cell differentiation and maturation systems" funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark. Within the project you will work in close collaboration with other researchers in a highly interdisciplinary and dynamic team covering experimental disciplines of advanced 3D printing, synthesis of new printable polymer materials, 3D cell culture, and structural topology optimization.

Responsibilities and tasks

The greater project aim is to devise novel 3D designs, materials, and methods for culture of mature human organoids, with current focus on modeling the human heart, small intestine, and immune organs.

Within this scope, you will be the key responsible for

We will provide access to custom-built world-leading 3D microprinting facilities for multi-material printing, structural, chemical, and mechanical analysis instrumentation, and state-of-the-art cell culture and cell analysis facilities.

You will perform your work in close collaboration with colleagues synthesizing new printable materials and colleagues providing insight on optimal structural designs, in both cases based on feedback from your experimental work. Thus, you should like team work and be able to interact and collaborate with researchers across scientific fields.


Candidates 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.

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.


The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Niels B. Larsen (DTU Nanotech) and Professor Kristoffer Almdal (DTU Nanotech).

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 with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Professor Niels B. Larsen,, tel.: +45 4525 5861.

You can read more about DTU Nanotech and the Larsen group on


Please submit your online application no later than 2 December 2018 (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.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

DTU Nanotech – the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology - is located in the northern part of Copenhagen. DTU Nanotech is a centre of excellence in micro- and nanotechnology utilising sciences across the traditional boundaries of technology, thereby enabling innovative solutions for the benefit of society. DTU Nanotech has approx. 270 staff members with 40 % international employees, hence, the department constitutes a highly international environment.


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