PhD Student - Department of Biomolecular Medicine

PhD Student - Department of Biomolecular Medicine

Belgium 31 Aug 2021
Ghent University

Ghent University

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31 Aug 2021
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Last application date Aug 31, 2021 00:00

Department GE31 - Department of Biomolecular Medicine

Contract Limited duration

Degree Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, Master of Science in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Master of Medicine in Medicine

Occupancy rate 100%

Vacancy type Research staff

Job description

Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD fellowship, which will be conducted at the Center for Medical Genetics, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium.

The research project focusses on the study of molecular mechanisms underlying chronic pain in heritable connective tissue disorders. In this project, genetics, transcriptomics, extracellular matrix biochemistry, measurement of pain-related outcomes in preclinical models for the heritable collagen disorder 'Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome', immunohistochemistry, cell culture, and neuroanatomical imaging techniques will be used in order to investigate structural correlates to musculoskeletal pain and characterize sensory neurons that contribute to symptoms. Principal investigators on the project are at Ghent University are Fransiska Malfait (see and Delfien Syx (see We also have an ongoing collaboration with Anne-Marie Malfait ( at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, USA for this project.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and collaborative candidate who is dedicated to take advantage of a wide range of available resources. We offer a 4-year PhD training in a stimulating scientific environment. You will be registered in a Doctoral Schools program and will be able to attend the associated courses. You will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and will be guided on a daily basis by well-trained professionals and get a thorough training in scientific thinking, practice, presentation and writing. The candidate will be encouraged and guided to apply for a personal fellowship. The default start date is October 1, 2021, but there is some flexibility.

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How to apply

Applications including a CV, motivation letter and a copy of your study results should be sent electronically to prof. Fransiska Malfait ( and Delfien Syx (
Preselected candidates will be invited for a (virtual) interview.
Starting date will be determined in agreement with the candidate.

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