A PhD Position in Tendon/Ligament Tissue Engineering is available in the Faculty of Science and Technology of University of Twente, Netherlands. The candidate should have a master degree in Biomedical Science or Biomedical Engineering. Candidates with a degree in Engineering can also apply providing they have some interest in Biology. The candidate is expected to perform animal experiments (training will be provided). Fluency in English is required.

Job description

Tendons are ligaments are often subjected to extreme mechanical load eventually leading to injuries. Unfortunately, not all tendons and ligaments possess intrinsic healing capacity. Very often, the damaged tissues must be replaced using autologous or allogeneic tissue. In the first case, donor site morbidity and limited availability are the main drawbacks whereas in the second case, there is the risk of disease transmission. Whatever the solution, the recovering time usually spans more than 6 months and there is a chance of failure associated with the procedure. New strategies are obviously needed to improve the procedure and shorten the recovery time.
This project will focus on the development of new technologies to improve tendon and ligament regeneration. Special emphasis will be devoted to biological processes controlling the regeneration of tendons and ligaments. Moreover, the development of technologies capable of delivery biological signals in situ will be explored.

Conditions of employment

You will be working in a multidisciplinary group. The appointment is for 4 years with a go/no-go assessment at the end of the first year. Your starting salary will be €2042 gross per month in the first year up to €2612 gross per month in the last year, according to the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application

For more information, please contact Dr. Hugo Fernandes (h.a.m.fernandes@utwente.nl) or Prof. Daniel Saris (d.b.f.saris@utwente.nl). Applications should include a Curriculum Vitae and a motivation letter.

Note, Application deadline to the PhD Position in Tissue Engineering, University of Twente, Netherlands is 15 November, 2011.

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