A PhD position is immediately available in the fields of microRNA biology and bionanotechnology. MicroRNAs have been established as key regulators of protein expression and their aberrant regulation in humans is associated with many serious diseases. In this project you will push the detection limit of miRNAs for prediagnostic and diagnostic purposes using a multidisciplinary approach involving molecular biology/biochemistry, chemical biology and single-molecule techniques. As a PhD student, you will be part of a multidisciplinary and multinational team, working in a vibrant research environment. Your project is integrated in a programme in which 11 Dutch academic groups and two companies work together on key questions regarding bionanosensing technology and applications.
You should have a PhD degree with a strong background in molecular biology/biochemistry, chemical biology or biophysics. Experience with bioanalytical techniques, bioconjugation, nucleic acid and surface chemistry is desired. You should have a keen interest in multidisciplinary research, good social and communication skills, be pro-active and able to familiarize yourself quickly with new techniques. Good writing and presentation skills and a profound knowledge of the English language are essential. Your creativity and drive should help us contribute to the development of next-generation biosensor technology.