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Phd on Process chains for the development of an integrated point-of-care platform

In the context of the project APPLIEDx “Integrated point-of-care platform for infectious diseases diagnosis”, the KU Leuven Laser Micromachining and Polymer Processing and Engineering groups have one open PhD position in the field of advanced manufacturing engineering, with a focus on ultrafast laser material processing and micro-injection moulding. The current project is proposed in partnership with the KU Leuven MeBioS-Biosensors group and the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp and is funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO).


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Sylvie Castagne, tel.: +32 16 37 74 23, mail: sylvie.castagne@kuleuven.be.You can apply for this job no later than August 15, 2022 via the online application toolKU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.




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Apply before: 15/08/2022

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The in vitro diagnostic (IVD) field -despite revolutionizing healthcare over the past decades- has not yet succeeded in fulfilling highly demanding needs to deliver diagnostic tests at the point-of-care (POC). Although lab-on-chip (LOC) technologies hold high potential in this context, thanks to the process miniaturization, parallelization and automation, they still largely fail in many essential aspects, like portability, ease-of-use and cost-effectiveness. Consequently, low-cost lateral flow assays (LFA) are currently the only viable POC option but are however far from optimal due to the pre-requisite for sample preparation, lack of multiplexing capacity and incompatibility with different types of assays.

The main goal of the APPLIEDx project is to develop completely innovative POC patch capable of capillary blood sampling and immediate analysis of this sample on the very same patch.

To this aim, the PhD will focus on advancement in material and manufacturing sciences by studying innovative microfabrication approaches to generate out-of-plane biocompatible HMN arrays, for painless sampling of capillary blood, with essential high aspect ratio, working in collaboration with other research team members who will focus on the microfluidics and diagnostics aspects of the project.


We are looking for a PhD candidate with:

  • A Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Photonics Engineering or equivalent.
  • Experience in manufacturing processes and/or laser based technologies and/or polymer processing is an added advantage.
  • Good communication skills (oral and written) in English (minimum requirements IELTS average score of 7.0 with no subscore below 6.5 or TOEFL internet-based test average score of 94 with no subscore under 22 or Cambridge English Exam (CAE) score of 185 with no subscore under 176). As you will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team including frequent interactions with external researchers, knowledge of Dutch is a plus.
  • Interest for research and ability to pay close attention to details.
  • Enthusiasm for learning and willingness to take initiatives to acquire new skills and explore innovative ideas.

You will get:

  • The opportunity to be part of a dynamic research group and to conduct research towards a PhD at an internationally renowned research university.
  • An attractive salary similar to the starting pay of an engineer in Belgium.
  • Networking opportunities through participation in conferences, workshops and collaborations with local and international research groups.
  • The opportunity to develop teaching and management skills.
  • A work location in the nice environment of Campus Arenberg in Heverlee and Campus Diepenbeek, Belgium.

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