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Applications are invited from highly qualified candidates for a fully financed 3 year PhD scholarship at DTU Nanotech, Dept. of Micro- and Nanotechnology, on light-based 3D printing of soft hydrogel materials for advanced cell culture. DTU Nanotech performs internationally leading research on micro- and nanofabrication in hard and soft materials applied to a wide range of applications.

The department has a strategic focus on developing next generation materials and fabrication technologies for advanced 3D printing of soft water-filled materials to be used in medicine and biology. The research in the current project will be performed in close collaboration with synthetic chemists providing new polymer materials and with cell biologists addressing medical uses of the processed materials.

The main project aim will be to establish methods for light-based printing of structured 3D hydrogel constructs with microporous networks of well-defined dimensions at length scales below 100 µm. The resulting constructs will be employed for advanced cell culture in close collaboration with research partners, with particular focus on the establishment of tissue-like perfusion network structures for long-term 3D cell culture.

Responsibilities and tasks
The project activities will be at the broad intersection of light-based microfabrication, polymer materials chemistry, and advanced cell culture, thus calling for candidates with excellent skills in collaboration and interests in driving interdisciplinary research.

An important part of the project will be to explore and understand the spatial limitations of currently available light-induced printing systems from a materials point of view, and exploit the acquired knowledge to establish new printing systems with the required resolution in cell-compatible hydrogel materials.

The tasks will include:

  • Analysis of optical and hydrogel materials limitations in 3D printing
  • Development of improved 3D printing systems
  • Fabrication of microstructured 3D hydrogel constructs
  • Optimization of the cell compatibility of constructs

Qualifications
Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Niels B. Larsen.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Niels B. Larsen, tel. +45 4525 8161, e-mail niels.b.larsen@nanotech.dtu.dk .

You can read more about DTU Nanotech on www.nanotech.dtu.dk .

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 26 May 2014. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here )

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

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Nanotech - the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology - is situated 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. 220 staff members. With 40 % international employees, the department constitutes an international environment.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 9,000 students are educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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