PhD Position on the effects of Atmospheric Plasmas on biomaterials for Bone Cancer Therapy

We are looking for a highly motivated and creative PhD researcher to work in the field of plasma medicine and investigate biocompatible hydrogels, and the effects of atmospheric plasmas therein.

The ultimate goal is to gain fundamental understanding on the lethal effects of atmospheric pressure plasmas and APP treated biomaterials on bone cancer & healthy cells, and being able to implement new strategies for local and minimally invasive bone cancer therapy.

If selected, you will work in a highly interdisciplinary environment, in an expanding research line headed by Dr. Cristina Canal at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech, focused on Plasmas for Biomedical Applications, whic involves plasma physics, biomaterials science and cell biology. You will have access to state-of-the-art experimental facilities. You will be expected to deliver top quality research, commit to the project and the research group and participate in paper drafting..

This position is part of the Starting Grant "APACHE" of the European Research Council. This project includes the investigation of the effects of cold atmospheric plasmas on liquids and biomaterials for bone cancer healing.

The successful candidate will hold a MS degree or equivalent in chemistry, materials engineering, bioengineering or related disciplines, with previous exposure to biomaterials, atmospheric plasmas and/or liquid diagnostics. Previous research experience in synthesis and characterization of hydrogels is desirable but not essential. However, willingness and motivation to expand your expertise by reaching out to other disciplines is required.

The evaluation will be on the basis of the academic record and credentials, previous research experience, exposure to relevant disciplines and proficiency in English.

Besides Skype interviews, it is possible to arrange on-site visits to the lab and the campus in Barcelona.

The starting date is flexible, up to the beginning of 2019. The PhD does not involve coursework, unless agreed by the student and the supervisor. This fellowship does not involve teaching duties.

If you are interested, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by sending a CV with a list of at up to 3 references, a short (max. one page) statement describing your past research experience and interests and your academic transcripts. This and specific inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Cristina Canal (ercapache @ with "PhD applicant biomaterials-2019" in the subject line.

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