24 2009 Biomanufacturing of the Cell Mechanical Environment
Each of these research groups boasts an extensive national and international network, in academia as well as industry, its research being funded by a wide portfolio of projects (among others European funding within the Seventh Framework programme and the European Research Council). Apart from the groups’ own research infrastructure, central, shared Research Facilities are being provided for among others nanotechnology and precision measurements (http://set.kuleuven.be/research_facilities).
By means of this academic position in biomanufacturing, the department of Mechanical Engineering wants to strengthen its research in the tissue engineering field, by creating synergies between the more fundamental mechanobiology research on the one hand, and more applied, technology-driven research on additive manufacturing and micro engineering on the other hand.
You will be expected to develop an excellent research program in biomanufacturing that is complementary to and in collaboration with the already mentioned research groups at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and related groups at KU Leuven. Research will focus on the development of innovative hardware technology for the biomanufacturing of living tissues that emphasises mechanobiological principles. This technology must enable to control geometrical and mechanical cues at submicron scale and to recreate cell mechanical environments that mimic the native ones, in order to modulate cell fate. At the same time, technology must result in translating and scaling to tissue sizes that are relevant for the study of tissue function, disease and regeneration.
You must be able to acquire competitive research funding, set up national and international research collaborations, supervise PhD students and generate scientific output that adheres to the highest international standards.
You ensure high-quality education within the Bachelor and/or Master programs of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering, with a clear commitment for the quality of the programme as a whole. You also contribute to the pedagogic project of the faculty through the supervision of master theses and as a promoter of PhD students.
You develop your teachings in accordance with KU Leuven’s vision on activating and researched-based education and make use of the possibilities for the educationalist professionalisation offered by the faculty and the university.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has an excellent track record in translating research findings into products and services. The candidate is expected to explore collaboration with industrial partners as well.
You have a PhD in engineering with an emphasis in biomanufacturing and that demonstrates experience with interdisciplinarity at the interface between engineering and biomedical sciences.
You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is proven by publications in international, leading journals. International experience is an important advantage.
If you have recently been admitted to the degree of doctor, it is important that you support your research and growth potential with academic references.
You have demonstrable qualities related to academic education. Teaching experience is an advantage.
You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership capacities within a university context.
An excellent command of English is required. KU Leuven provides courses in academic English.
The administrative and educational language at KU Leuven is Dutch. If, at your appointment, you do not speak Dutch at all or do not speak it well, KU Leuven will provide a training offer that must equip you to be able to teach in Dutch within three years. If your teaching assignment is completely in a language other than Dutch, then it is expected that you have mastered the Dutch language to a level that will allow you to participate in the administrative meetings.
We are offering full-time employment in an intellectually challenging and interdisciplinary environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It is highly inter- and multidisciplinarily focused and strives for international excellence. In this regard, it actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad. It provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research.
You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.
Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years; after this period and a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed (or tenured) as an associate professor.
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