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PhD position development of NOvel membrane DIALyzers for portable/ artificial kidney devices (NODIA

Job description

The chair of Bioartificial Organs (BAO) in the department of Biomaterials Science and technology (BST) of the Faculty of Science and Technology (TNW), has an opening for an outstanding PhD student in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering or related field.

Research description
In comparison to natural kidney, hemodialysis therapy removes only a fraction of uremic toxins and it is not continuous leading to significant negative impacts to the patients of End Stage Kidney Disease. More continuous therapy via portable / wearable artificial kidneys (PAK/WAK) could enhance patients’ overall health, autonomy and mobility, allowing them to participate in social and economic life.

NODIAL, project aims to develop new dialyzers for PAK/WAK applied in the outside in filtration (OIF) mode. It will provide high toxin removal, achieve higher device durability and possibly lead to the need of lower systemic anticoagulation. The NODIAL-consortium includes the BAO, the company NovaFluX and the Radboud University Medical Center.

Your profile

We require a candidate with a MSc degree in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering or related field. Knowledge or experience in membrane science and technology is preferred.

You should be able to work independently and have excellent theoretical, experimental and writing skills. Excellent English writing and presentation skills are required.

You will mentor BSc and MSc students and work collaboratively with multidisciplinary team members. It is therefore essential to show willingness to look beyond disciplinary boundaries.

Our offer

The University of Twente offers a stimulating work environment in an area of applied, forefront research. You will have a full-time employment contract for the duration of 4 years and can participate in all employees benefits the University offers.

The gross monthly salary starts with € 2.395,-- in the first year and increases to € 3.061,- in the fourth year of your employment. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance of 8% and an end of year bonus of 8,3%.

A high-quality training programme is part of the agreement.

Information and application

Candidates are invited to upload their application, including a letter of motivation, CV and letters of recommendation only via the ‘apply now’ button hereunder before July 30, 2021!

For information about the topic/position, please consult Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Stamatialis (d.stamatialis@utwente.nl ). However, note, that applications directly sent to Prof. Stamatialis’ email address will not be included in the application procedure.

About the organization

TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

PhD position development of NOvel membrane DIALyzers for portable/ artificial kidney devices (NODIA
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