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PhD in Regulation of Mechanical Homeostasis of Cells and Tissues

Applications are invited for a PhD position in computational biology to join Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. There is no application deadline for this position.

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has the following vacancy: PhD in Regulation of Mechanical Homeostasis of Cells and Tissues. Vacancy: V50.XXXX

The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is seeking an ambitious PhD candidate to investigate the mechanical homeostasis of cells and tissues during the progression of cardiovascular pathologies affecting cell and tissue mechanics. Research carried out by the successful candidate will be part of greater and exciting efforts aiming at establishing a new Platform for the Live Quantification of Cell and Tissue Mechanics at the TU/e.

TU/e is a University of Technology with a focus on Health, Energy and Mobility. Within the Health area, several departments cooperate on topics such as Chemical Biology, Regenerative Medicine, Computational Biology, and Biosensing, with close links to healthcare and industry. TU/e is an open and inclusive university with short communication lines. The people are curious, collaborative, and strive for excellence. TU/e enables its academic staff to develop research and education at an internationally renowned level. Our lively campus community facilitates connections between staff and students, in an open, friendly, vibrant atmosphere that welcomes and inspires.

The Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) offers a research driven BME Bachelor program and Masters in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Engineering in its Graduate Program. Its research areas range from Molecular Bioengineering and Imaging, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering to Biomedical Imaging and Modelling. The department has more than 800 students and up to 200 tenured and non-tenured employees.

The candidate will generate unprecedented experimental data to understand the physical basis of cardiovascular diseases affecting the mechanical homeostasis of cells and tissues. Investigations will aim at understanding how mechanical homeostasis is altered by disease progression as well as to determine how cell and tissue mechanics can be utilized to restore normal mechanical homeostasis in these pathological conditions. The in vitro experimental methods involved in this inquiry may include: i) Cell Traction Microscopy, Laser Ablation and Advanced Image Analyses for the quantification of cell and tissue mechanics; and, ii) Molecular and Cell Biology techniques for the manipulation of cellular genotype and phenotype. The candidate will build on established experimental protocols in order to further develop new methodological approaches for the handling of novel experimental setups currently unavailable in the field.

The PhD candidate is expected to do scientific research in the field described above, write a doctoral thesis and publish research results in scientific journals. An educational and professional development program is offered to all PhD candidates. A small part of the position involves teaching in courses offered by the group.

We are accepting applications from enthusiastic and highly talented candidates who are interested in a dynamic, stimulating and ambitious environment to perform their research.


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