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Call for applicants – Research Honours Programme

It is now possible to apply for enrolment in the Research Honours Programme, starting 1 October 2017.

A Research Honours Programme offers all Master’s degree students from the Faculty of Health, Aarhus University a new way in to research.

In order to apply, the student must have obtained a Bachelor's or Professional Bachelor's degree and be enrolled in a Master’s degree programme at the Faculty of Health, Aarhus University and be about to begin their Master’s studies (or to begin 2nd semester, if the study was commenced in February 2017).

Read more about the Research Honours Programme, and find the application guide.

The application must be sent as one combined pdf-file to graduateschoolhealth@au.dk no later than 31 August 2017, midnight.

In case of more qualified applicants than available positions, interviews will be held 19 September 2017. Invitations for interviews will be sent in the beginning of week 37.

All applicants will get a response no later than 22 September 2017.

3D printed hyaluronic acid scaffolds for in vitro assays and regenerative medicine

Hyaluronic acid (HyA) is a vital glycosaminoglycan present in extracellular tissue in nearly all organ systems. Its physical and biochemical properties are highly attractive for technologies related to cell culture and regenerative medicine. As an amorphous hydrogel, HyA is used clinically in dermal fillers (e.g. Restylane™). As a nonwoven mat it is used for cartilage repair (e.g. Hyalofast™). A major milestone in the use of HyA is to process it into a 3D printed three-dimensional scaffold. Current methods involve modifications to the HyA hydrogel that increase printability at the cost of HyA’s unique biocompatibility. Using HyA crosslinked with divinyl sulfone (DVS), i.e. a formulation similar to Restylane™, we will explore a novel, clinically relevant, method for high resolution 3D printing of HyA.

Accordingly, this interdisciplinary project aims to demonstrate: 1) 3DP HyA-DVS as a biocompatible and versatile 3D culture matrix for mesenchymal stem cells, neuronal cells, tumor cells etc. 2) Ability of HyA-DVS scaffolds to controllably release nanoparticle RNAi therapeutics to cells in vitro. 3) Regenerative medicine application potential via increased in vivo biocompatibility and RNAi drug release in a mouse model.

The project is focused on fulfilling clinical unmet needs of improved soft tissue and joint tissue implant materials. However, the unique utility of these scaffolds in nanomedicine and tissue modeling warrants a high level of synergy with iNANO, Dept. of Biomedicine, and other groups at Dept. of Clinical Medicine.

The results from this project will both advance clinical medicine, biomedical science as well as providing valuable data for successful commercialization as a medical device and/or a research 3D cell culture system.

I am therefore looking for highly skilled candidate that are eager to learn, ready to push own limits, with a positive attitude and have a strong desire to do translational research for

International travel to, and stays at collaborating laboratories will be required. This also includes (in vivo work) work with experimental infections in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The PhD programme includes PhD courses (in total app. ½ year), writing scientific articles and the PhD thesis, teach and disseminate your research, active participation in laboratory meetings as well scientific meetings ect. Further details on the PhD programme can be found here: http://phd.health.au.dk/application/typesofphd/ 

This 3-year PhD is a part of the project “Hyaluronic acid scaffolds” (2016-20) funded by Aarhus University Research Foundation .

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates

The candidate should have:

  • A relevant MSc or degree in the fields of biomedical engineering, medicine, biotechnology, or other related biological field
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

Qualification requirements:

Applicants with the following professional and personal qualifications will be highly advantaged. However, it is not expected that an applicant will possess all skills below: 

  • Documented laboratory work with mesenchymal stem cells, hepatocytes, chondrocytes
  • Experience with ELISA, flow cytometry
  • Experience with next generation sequencing of smallRNAs and bioinformatics 
  • Experience with or interest in working with experimental animals
  • Postgraduate professional experience
  • Rich in initiative and a strong motivation for research
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Well-developed collaborative skills and a team player
  • Working knowledge in LabVIEW  programming, motion control, CAD drawing, metal machining
  • Intellectual property protection

Supervisor

Main supervisor is assistant professor Dang Le, PhD.

The candidate cannot be employed before the project and candidate has been approved at the PhD school at The Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, which has application deadline September 4th 2017: http://phd.health.au.dk/application/. Expected starting date will be November 1st 2017

Further information regarding the fellowship can be obtained by contacting Dang Le at dqsl@inano.au.dk.

Applications must contain the applicant’s CV, a motivation letter (cover letter), list of publications, diploma and transcripts of records, and at least one letter of support/1-3 professional referees, and should be mailed to Dang Le (dqsl@inano.au.dk) no later than August 1st 2017.

Interviews will be held late August 2017.