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.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Dominiek Reynaerts, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Prof. dr. Marc Miserez, mail: email@example.com or Dr. ir. Benjamin Gorissen, tel.: +32 16 32 2758, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can apply for this job no later than July 31, 2018 via the online application tool
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