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PHD: SOLVING THE ENTEROATMOSPHERIC FISTULA PROBLEM
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Published: 14 days ago
Application deadline: Jul 31
Location: Leuven, Belgium
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PHD: SOLVING THE ENTEROATMOSPHERIC FISTULA PROBLEM

(ref. BAP-2018-374)

Project

An enteroatmospheric fistula is the most challenging and feared complication for an abdominal surgeon to deal with, with mortality rates as high as 70%. This is a complication that arises within patients that have an ‘open abdomen’, where there is no protecting tissue between intestines and the atmosphere due to a traumatic incident. As such, a tiny hole (fistula) in the intestinal wall is catastrophic, since it is virtually impossible to create a sterile environment due to dirty digestive fluids that are leaking from the fistula.

Together with the department of Abdominal Surgery of University Hospital Leuven, we are looking for a solution to this problem. We aim at a mechanical device that can restore the function of the intestinal wall, where main limitations can be found in the biomechanics of the intestine and the biocompatibility of the used materials. The end goal of this project, is to have a fully functional prototype that will be tested in-vivo.

To tackle this problem we are looking for a research engineer with interests in medicine, mechanics and material sciences and that isn’t drawn back by performing tests on ex-vivo tissue. We provide an initial funding for one year, however it is your responsibility to acquire, with our help, additional funding for the remaining years of your PhD, e.g. by applying for a scholarship at the Flemish National Science Foundation.

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  • Diploma: Master's degree or comparable qualification in Engineering Science (preferably in biomedical engineering). The title must be obtained before the application date of the candidate.
  • A strong interest for multidisciplinary research (medicine, mechanics, material sciences) is required.
  • A solid background in mechanical design is recommended.
  • Advanced knowledge of CAD-design and micro-machining technologies will be considered as an advantage.
  • Good knowledge of the English language, both spoken and written, is essential.
Offer
  • Initial funding for one year, with optional extension up to 4 years, based on the candidate’s successful application for external funding.
  • Guidance from start till end of the PhD, with full support in all aspects including how to successfully obtain the needed external funding.
  • Proper scientific training and advanced skill training on micromachining technologies.
  • The opportunity to participate in national and international meetings, and establish your own network.
  • The opportunity to gain didactical experience by being involved in teaching duties for a limited amount of time (e.g., guiding Bachelor and Master students with their experiments and research).
Interested?

For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Dominiek Reynaerts, mail: dominiek.reynaerts@kuleuven.be, Prof. dr. Marc Miserez, mail: marc.miserez@uzleuven.be or Dr. ir. Benjamin Gorissen, tel.: +32 16 32 2758, mail: benjamin.gorissen@kuleuven.be

You can apply for this job no later than July 31, 2018 via the online application tool

KU 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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