RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE15/09/2019 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONBelgium › Leuven
TYPE OF CONTRACTPermanent
HOURS PER WEEK38
Resin composite is currently the most used material in dentistry, enabling minimally invasive and nearly invisible tooth restoration. Besides nano-dustissues, there are also particular safety concerns regarding the potential release of the endocrine disruptor ‘bisphenol A’ (BPA). BPA can be present incomposites as production contaminant and/or degradation product, originating from BPA-based monomers, such as BisGMA. The latter serves as a polymerization‘cross-linker’ and is a main monomer matrix ingredient of many of today’s commercial dental composites (and other resin-based dental materials). Itsbi-aromatic BPA core imparts mechanical strength, rigidity and hydrophobicity to the composite matrix. Thanks to a recent KU Leuven research & development breakthrough, BPA-free bi-aromatic diols have been synthesized from wood and appear very promising to replace BisGMA in dental composite, with even the potential to further improve physico-mechanical properties of composite.
This multidisciplinary project, combining bioengineering technology with dental material science, aims to develop a new generation of biosafe dental composites based on bio-produced BisGMA monomer alternatives. The project involves the production as well as the biocompatibility, physico-mechanical and chemical property testing of experimental BPA-free composite formulations as compared to current dental composite material standards.
- Attractive 4-year full-time employment contract - continuation after the first 6 months is dependent upon a positive evaluation.
- Supervision by recognized experts and access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure.
- Highly innovative research project aiming to improve dental composite technology.
- Training in complementary skills via participation at local and network-based events.
- Salaried position according to the KU Leuven salary rates for PhD students.
The candidate should be a holder of a university degree (such as ‘Master in Biomedical Sciences’, ‘Dentistry’, ‘Medicine’, ‘Biology’, ‘Bio-science Engineering’,‘Pharmacy’, etc.) and should have a particular interest in biomaterial and cellbiology research (biocompatibility, toxicity and biodegradation). The candidate must be able to work in team, as he/she will work in close collaboration with another PhD student, who will focus on biomaterial physico-mechanical and chemical property testing. The candidate is expected to conduct the project towards a PhD degree (4 years) and needs to enroll in the KU Leuven PhD program of the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral School.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Kirsten Van Landuyt, tel.: +32 16 33 24 38, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Ben Mercelis, tel.: +3216332414, mail: email@example.com.
You can apply for this job no later than 15/09/2019 via the online application tool
Web site for additional job details
EURAXESS offer ID: 437288
The responsibility for the jobs published on this website, including the job description, lies entirely with the publishing institutions. The application is handled uniquely by the employer, who is also fully responsible for the recruitment and selection processes.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to download all jobs in XML.