PhD Position in Membrane Bioprocessing for Protein Purification
KU Leuven

PhD Position in Membrane Bioprocessing for Protein Purification

Belgium 15 Jul 2021


KU Leuven

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(ref. BAP-2021-325)

The PhD project will be carried out in the Group of Smart Responsive Separation with Hybrid Processes at KU Leuven under the supervision of Prof. dr. Xing Yang. We also form part of the larger Process Engineering for Sustainable Systems (ProcESS) group at the Department of Chemical Engineering with expertise in process intensification, multiphase microfluidics, use of alternative energy sources and membrane technology. The Yang Research Group focuses on process intensification strategies for designing low-emission and energy efficient separation systems utilizing smart responsive materials with nano/micro-structured interfaces, reactive kinetics and optimal separation units. The hybridisation of separation technologies (e.g., membrane, extraction, crystallization, absorption and chromatography) is the key tool to design an Energy-Efficient Separation Systems for Sustainability (2E3S), assisted with experimental research and process system engineering via multi-scale numerical modeling.

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Supported by a current research project on membrane bioprocessing, the Yang Research Group is seeking a high caliber PhD candidate. The candidates with experience on one or more following research topics/areas are highly encouraged to apply:

Topic 1: Main expertise on material science and processing, membrane fabrication, electrospinning, relevant experience in membrane chromatography and biomedical/biopharmaceutical applications is a plus.

Topic 2: Main expertise on surface engineering in membrane fabrication, biochemistry and bio-related characterization, experience with stimuli-responsive material synthesis is a plus.

Topic 3: Main expertise on membrane chromatography processing and design, mathematical modeling for in-depth understanding of transport phenomena & flow dynamics, experience with CFD and Aspen is a plus.

We are looking for a highly motivated and passionate candidate to perform the Ph.D. projects on the above-mentioned interdisciplinary research topics.

The successful candidate will be offered a PhD fellowship to become part of our international team with global research links to work towards a PhD. Funding can be provided for a period of 4 years.

Interested candidates please send through a research statement outlining your main research interest, a comprehensive resume including your full list of publications and project experiences, evidence of language proficiency if applicable, and names of three referees.

For more information, please contact Prof. dr. Xing Yang via email: The shortlisting will commence since1 May 2020 and will continue until position is filled. Only successfully shortlisted candidates will be informed of interview arrangements and final outcomes.

You can apply for this job no later than July 15, 2021 via the online application tool

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