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PhD Position In Harnessing Active Microbial Behavior In Complex Environments

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    University of Luxembourg
    Biological sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    31/12/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Luxembourg › Luxembourg


The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education. It`s core asset is its well-connected world-class academic staff which will attract the most motivated, talented and creative students and young researchers who will learn to enjoy taking up challenges and develop into visionary thinkers able to shape society.

The Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) contributes multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of MathematicsPhysicsEngineeringComputer ScienceLife Sciences and Medicine. Through its dual mission of teaching and research, the FSTM seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge and train new generations of responsible citizens, in order to better understand, explain and advance society and environment we live in. 

Your Role

The PhD project is embedded within the PRIDE Doctoral Training Unit, ACTIVE (https://cls.uni.lu/doctoral-training/), and the selected PhD candidate will conduct her/his research in the Physics of Living Matter Group headed by Prof. Anupam Sengupta (Department of Physics and Materials Science). The project foresees ample collaborative opportunities with research groups in the ACTIVE consortium, spanning the Luxembourg Center for Systems Biomedicine and the Department of Engineering, University of Luxembourg. The PhD student will be enrolled in the Doctoral School in Science and Engineering at the University of Luxembourg, and follow a vibrant PhD program that includes training in transferable skills, support for career development, lectures and teaching by international experts and annual PhD symposia.

The PhD project interfaces two rich fields of research: Active Matter Physics and Physics of Complex Fluids, with an overarching goal to understand the dynamics of biological species (eukaryotes and prokaryotes) in relevant environmental settings. The selected PhD student will conduct her/his research in the Physics of Living Matter Group headed by Prof. Anupam Sengupta (DPHYMS), with exciting collaborative opportunities globally, and within Luxembourg. An overview of the research activities in the Sengupta Lab is available here .

During the PhD research, the candidate will carry out experiments and simulations, to uncover biophysical principles that regulate the dynamics of biological active matter in complex environments. A specific focus will be put on the role of biophysical coupling between microbial species and their environment in the context of novel bioremediation and biomedical science and applications. By combining microfluidics, microbiology and a range of microscale imaging techniques, candidates will analyze how feedback between environment and species regulate key biological processes.

Your Profile

We are seeking excellent and highly motivated candidates holding a Master’s degree in a field related to the topic of the program (MSc or equivalent in Natural Sciences or Engineering Sciences). Candidates should have demonstrated background in experimental soft matter physics, biophysics or active matter physics. Candidates with experience or knowledge in quantitative imaging and image analysis (MATLAB or Python), machine learning techniques or basic programming/coding will be preferred. Fluency in English is mandatory. Willingness to work in an inter-cultural and international environment, and the ability to work independently or as part of a team, are desired.

In Short
  • Contract Type: 36 months initial contract, extendable for up to 48 months if required
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Limpertsberg
  • Employee and student status
  • Job Reference: UOL03603
  • Starting date: 1 November 2020 or the earliest possible date
Further Information

Before proceeding with the submission of your application, please prepare the following documents in English

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter justifying your interest in the research project described above
  • Publication list (if applicable)
  • Contact details of two persons willing to send a letter of recommendation
  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts with grades, with English translation

All documents should be uploaded in pdf format. Evaluations will commence immediately, till appropriate candidate is selected. Early submission is encouraged. Applications will be processed upon arrival. Applications sent by e-mail will not be considered, though candidates can check the status of their application via email.

Selection process:

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in Luxembourg or interviewed remotely by phone or other audio-visual modes.  Positions will remain open until filled. Please apply ONLINE.

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Here’s what awaits you at the University
  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR). 
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. WiFi on campus. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …
Further information

For further information, please contact Prof. Anupam Sengupta (anupam.sengupta@uni.lu) or visit the research page for further information on the project and its scope.

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