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ESR2: (POSITION FILLED) Polymer micelles based on elastin-like polypeptides; Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

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Early Stage Researcher (PhD Candidate) for the NANOMED European Training Network

within the Marie Sklodowska Curie Programme (1,0 fte)

Application deadline: CLOSED


Prof. Jan van Hest’s research group at Radboud University, Faculty of Science, Nijmegen in the Netherlands, offers a programme of training in the field of Bio-Organic Chemistry. The group’s target is to create bio-inspired materials and processes in order to combine the functionality of biological systems with the flexibility and robustness of synthetic structures, using a variety of synthetic techniques, such as protein engineering, peptide synthesis and controlled polymerization methods.  The NANOMED project will provide training across a wide range of disciplines including biology, pharmacology, chemistry and material sciences, ensuring interdisciplinary and intersectoral experience. You will be enrolled in Radboud University’s doctoral programme and will defend your PhD at the end of the project. The PhD research in the Netherlands will be conducted in English.

Early Stage Researcher 2: Polymer micelles based on elastin-like polypeptides

In this task, a protein engineering approach will be followed to construct a series of Elastin-Like Ppolypeptide (ELP) block copolymers, which will assemble into polymer micelles. High cell density fermentation will be employed to improve the availability of the ELP particles. The ELP micelles will be stabilized and decorated with targeting motifs to make directed drug delivery possible. Release of conjugated (hydrophobic) drugs will be achieved by the usage of hydrolytically sensitive linkers.

Skills required: protein engineering, nanoscience, bioconjugation chemistry; affinity with life sciences research.

Work environment

You will perform your PhD research in a multidisciplinary Initial Training Network (ITN) project called NANOMED.

What we expect from you

At the time of recruitment you must be in the first four years of your research career and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree; You have excellent communication skills and are able to work efficiently in a team. Specific technical requirements are mentioned separately for the individual ESR descriptions. Recruitment is open to all nationalities, but because of mobility rules defined by the EU, at the time of recruitment, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the reference date (compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account).

What we have to offer

  • employment: 1,0 fte;
  • the gross starting salary amounts to € 2,125 per month, and will increase to € 2,717 in the fourth year;
  • in addition to the salary: an 8 % holiday allowance and an 8.3 % end-of-year bonus;
  • duration of the contract: 4 years;
  • you will be classified as a PhD candidate in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO).

Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like to know more?

Are you interested?

You should upload your application (attn. of Ms. W. van der Pluijm) exclusively using the button ‘Apply’ on the RU vacancy website. Your application should include (and be limited to) the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae

For more information on your application: +31 24 3652131.

No commercial propositions please.