PhD scholarship in Adaptable and Smart Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering

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The Department of Health Technology at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is looking for a candidate for a 3-year PhD position on the Development of self-healing and intelligent biomaterials with capacity to actuate for tissue engineering applications and monitoring of the tissue regeneration process. The PhD candidate will join #TeamBioEngine at the Department of Health Technology (DTU Health Tech). The group conduct multidisciplinary research at the crossroads of biology, engineering, physics, chemistry and biomaterials; aiming to create advanced material innovations based on bioinspired discoveries to explore new healthcare solutions in the fields of nanomedicine, tissue engineering and cyborganics.

Responsibilities and tasks
Your work includes developing smart injectable biomaterials for tissue engineering. Specifically you will focus on the below key focus areas:

  • You will contribute to the field of tissue engineering through the development of nanoengineered and self-healable hydrogels
  • Your research will include characterizing them mechanically and chemically
  • You have experience with working with polymers such as Alginate, Silk and Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA).
  • You have knowledge about two-dimensional (2D) nanoclays and how they can be used to enhance material properties.
  • Biological evaluation of the hydrogels in terms of their tissue regeneration potential.
  • Both in vitro and in vivo
  • You will engage as a team player in the department and help your colleagues to be their best in order to reach ambitious goals
  • Honor the existing DTU rules about data management and how to record data in laboratory books; while ensuring validity and reliability of the recorded data at all times.

You will co-supervise BSc., MSc. and intern students in our team and take initiatives in the planning of not only your own research but also those that you are supervising.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. 

You must be familiar with design and fabrication of biomaterials. You must have a solid theoretical and practical background in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering and Cell Biology. You must be able to maneuverer within multidisciplinary fields with ease and most importantly manage to work in a team. 

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. 

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Alireza Dolatshahi-Pirouz (, Thomas L. Andresen (, Manuel Mazo Vega ( and Sander Leeuwenburgh (

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Please submit your online application no later than 15 December 2020 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
  • 2-3 recommendation letters or academic references
  • A brief description of your ideas for future research in this field (max 2 pages).

Finally, we also expect all applicants to prepare a video (2-minute max) describing your scientific interests, previous research experience, why you are interested in joining #TeamBioEngine, and finally what your expectations of the world of tomorrow is as well as how you will engage in reshaping it in accordance with this vision of yours.

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Health Tech engages in research, education, and innovation base on technical and natural science for the healthcare sector. The Healthcare sector is a globally expanding market with demands for the most advanced technological solutions. DTU Health Tech creates the foundation for companies to develop new and innovative services and products which benefit people and create value for society. DTU Health Techs expertise spans from imaging and biosensor techniques, across digital health and biological modelling, to biopharma technologies. The department has a scientific staff of about 175 persons, 130 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.