Mechatronica, Biostatistiek en Sensoren (MeBioS), Leuven (Arenberg)
KU Leuven
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The MeBioS Division of the Biosystems Department at KU Leuven investigates the interaction between biological systems and physical processes.

The Biosensors group within the division was founded in 2005 and is headed by prof. Jeroen Lammertyn. The group currently counts 5 postdocs and 20 PhD students.

Its fundamental research activities focus on the development of novel bio-molecular detection concepts and miniaturized analysis systems.

The applications span a broad range of sectors including food (e.g. pathogen detection and allergenicity screening), agriculture (e.

g. progesterone detection in milk) and medical diagnostics (e.g. cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases and neurodegenerative diseases).

The MeBioS-Biosensors group closely follows the emerging field of biosensing and is active in the following domains (1) Bio-assay development (e.

g. aptamers, biofunctionalized nanomaterials), (2) Optical sensors (e.g. fiber optic SPR sensors) and (3) Microfluidics (e.g. lab-on-a-chip technology).

As a PhD candidate you should fulfil the following requirements :

  • You have a Master's degree cum laude in Bioscience Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biosciences or equivalent
  • You must be available for starting from early November 2020
  • You are proficient in English, both in oral and written communication
  • You are communicative, creative and able to work independently as well as part of the team
  • You are highly motivated to do research in dynamic environment and as part of the team working on this interdisciplinary project
  • You are familiar with general laboratory practices and have hands-on lab skills in at least some of the relevant fields (e.
  • g. microfabrication, microfluidics, bioassay development)

  • You are willing to learn new techniques and take on responsibilities
  • You are proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Today, 12 billion chicks from layer lines are yearly h atched worldwide with only 50% raised as laying hens for egg production.

    Whereas the remaining 50% are males with inefficient growth for meat production. Billions of healthy animals are killed at birth, raising substantial ethical concern.

    Therefore, an alternative method is required to pre-select males during embryonic development. This method is called in ovo sexing and allows more humane male culling.

    At present, none of the in ovo sexing methods fulfil the industry requirements. The aim of this project is to develop a new in ovo sexing method for gender identifying chicken embryos.

    As a PhD researcher you will study and develop microfluidic sensor technology that allows to sample and identify / measure relevant biomarkers during embryological development.

    You will rely on the microfluidic-based technologies previously established within the Biosensors group and will receive multidisciplinary support within the MeBioS Division which has a long-lasting history in performing research at the interface between sensor technology and agriculture / poultry applications.

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