PhD position Protein Mimicking Polymer Nanoparticles
38.0 hours per week
€ 2191 - € 2801
University of Twente (UT)
Proteins are among the most complex structures developed by Nature. Chemically synthesizing proteins is still beyond the
limits of feasibility. Polymer nanoparticles that mimic certain features proteins display are highly promising for applications
in the biomedical field. In our interdisciplinary research group, we are focusing on the development of new drug delivery systems
and hybrid imaging modalities.
The goal of the current project is to develop polymer nanoparticles that can be functionalized to form protein mimics and
studying their properties in a biological environment.
Candidates must hold a research-based MSc degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, pharmacy, nanotechnology or a related field.
A background in organic chemistry and fluency in English are required. Experience in the fields of polymer chemistry, familiarity
with chemical characterization techniques and experience in cell biology are of advantage.
We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and interactive candidate with excellent communication skills. Despite
regular supervision, the eligible candidate is able perform its work independently and have its own driving force for research.
You are invited to visit our homepage: www.utwente.nl/tnw/bst
Interested candidates are invited to send the application, detailed curriculum vitae (2 page maxium) and a letter elaborating the
motivation for the application before 28 February 2017, via the link below.
Conditions of employment
We offer a full-time PhD position in a multidisciplinary and international environment for a period of 4 years at the
University of Twente. As a junior scientist, the salary starts at € 2.191,- gross per month in the first year and
extends to € 2.801,- gross per month in the fourth year. The University of Twente provides excellent facilities
for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance (8%) and an end-of-year bonus (8.3%) and a number of
additional benefits. After the first year, the work is evaluated via a qualifier exam. The candidate will be enrolled
in the Twente Grade School.
The University of Twente
. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch.
Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The
University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more
than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented
researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.
Within the TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)
of the University of Twente some 700 staff
members and 2000 students are involved in training and research on the interface of chemical technology, applied physics
and biomedical technology. Fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science,
nanotechnology and technical medicine. Research, which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been
accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes MESA+ and MIRA. The faculty works together intensively with
industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external
commissioning parties and funders.