• PhD fellowahip offer - Pre-doctoral position

Pre-doctoral position available at the Grup d’Enginyeria de Materials (Gemat) from IQS-URL.

 

Description of the Research Topic

One of the research lines at the Laboratory of Biomaterials is focused on the development of polymeric nanoparticles as advanced nucleic acid delivery systems for the prophylaxis and treatment of current unmet medical needs, such as lung cancer. Core projects of the group are centered in the design of smart multitherapeutic formulations able to cross physiological barriers and enable a non-invasive delivery.

The Laboratory is looking for a PhD student to work on a project funded by an internationally recognized company aimed at the development of polymeric nanoparticles able to cross mucosa (i.e. eye and lung mucosa) and selectively deliver nucleic acids to their target cells. Integrated in a multidisciplinary group of more than twenty scientists, the candidate is expected to run this three-year project that involves:

  1. Synthesis and analysis of a library of polymers including targeting moieties and enhanced
    functionalities.
  2. Formulation and characterization of polymeric nanoparticles that efficiently encapsulate
    oligonucleotides.
  3. Confirmation of the capacity of the nanoparticles to cross mucosa models.
  4. In vitro (and possibly in vivo) studies of the safety and efficacy of the designed polymeric
    nanoparticles.
Applicant's profile

  • BSc in Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering or
    equivalent degrees.
  • MSc in Bioengineering or equivalent.
  • Communication and team building skills for collaborative work in a research team.
  • Managing abilities to supervise MSc and undergraduate students.
  • Fluent in English.

Main Tasks and responsibilities

  • The successful is expected to work collaboratively and contribute mainly to his/her own project but also to several projects on nanomedicine with other students, external collaborators and the PI, and take initiatives to advance his/her project. The position will combine experimental work with experiments design and contextualization regarding state of the art.
  • Participation in writing scientific reports and papers, attending project meetings and scientific conferences, and in outreach activities within the project.
  • Career development plan.

Apply

Application deadline:

June 30th, 2022

Application documents:

  •  Letter of interest in the specific program, detailing previous experiences
  •  Full CV
  •  Two letters of recommendation from scientists with whom the researcher has collaborated
    (optional)

Selection process:

Preselection:

  •  PI preselects candidates among the received CVs.
  •  PI makes interviews to candidates to select the finalist candidates.

Interviews and final decision:

  •  Selection Commission could consider making an interview to the 3 finalist proposed
    candidates.

Additional comments:

  • Application deadline: June 30th, 2022.
  • Position available by May 20th, 2022.
  • Full-time position for 3 years.
  • Salary based on Spanish PhD students standards.

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