Postdoctoral Researcher Precise label free selection and modification of immune cells for therapy

Leuven - Research & development
More than two weeks ago

Work on a challenging topic with high clinical relevance as our Postdoctoral Researcher on Precise label free selection and modification of immune cells for therapy!


Postdoctoral Researcher Precise label free selection and modification of immune cells for therapy

What you will do

The adaptive immune system, with its diversity of cell receptors and antibodies, uses very precise mechanisms for the recognition of pathogens. New immune therapies that modulate the immune system in order to fight cancerous cells are finding their way to the market. Today’s measurement schemes to recognize the potent subpopulations from other cells use fluorescent labels or magnetic beads. However, labels are not desirable if cells need to be injected back into the patient.
The purpose of this post-doctoral position is to develop new label-free sensing modalities to detect and select a particular cell type. This is a challenging topic with high clinical relevance and will require an out of the box combination and understanding of physical principles related to imaging, microfluidics, biochemistry and other domains. The candidate for this post doc topic will be able to contribute to this challenge as follows:
  • Innovative thinking on different biophysical and fluidic principles for label-free interrogation of cells and/or isolation of certain cell populations
  • Fundamental study of the interaction of cells and microfluidic structures
  • Fluidics and biophysical modelling 
  • Hands on implementation of the methodology for a biological application of clinical interest
  • Publishing papers, filing patents, increasing your research network

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. With your talent, passion and expertise, you’ll become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow. 

We are proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth. 

We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a competitive scholarship.

Who you are

  • You hold a PhD in (Electrical/ nano) engineering/biophysics or equivalent.
  • We need your keen knowledge of biophysics and/or fluidics.
  • We value your deep interest in the interplay of physical principles with biology.
  • You are familiar with simulation programs such as Comsol or Ansys. 
  • We are looking for your interest in taking up the experimental part of the work.
  • You are a constructive team player and actively share experience and knowledge with colleagues.
  • We appreciate your creativity, persistence and passion for what you do. 
  • We value your excellent networking and communication skills in English, as you will work in a multicultural environment.
This postdoctoral position is funded by imec through KU Leuven. Because of the specific financing statute which targets international mobility for postdocs, only candidates who did not stay or work/study in Belgium for more than 24 months in the past 3 years can be considered for the position (short stays such as holiday, participation in conferences, etc. are not taken into account).

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