Postdoctoral Researcher on Design and Development of Microbubbles for use as Contrast Agents

What you will do

The research will be made in the context of a H2020 multidisciplinary project called AMPHORA (FETOPEN Project ID: 766456). Approximately 50% of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy as part of their treatment. The aim is hereby to maximize tumor irradiation and to minimize healthy tissue irradiation. This implies a need for appropriate dosimetry strategies that can effectively measure the actual radiation dose imparted on the tumor. However, state-of-the-art dosimetry cannot quantify the dose distribution in (and around) the tumor, hereby inhibiting the full potential of radiotherapy. AMPHORA aims to develop a non-invasive in-situ dosimetry system for radiation therapy with the potential of on-line dose assessment by casting ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) into dose sensing theranostic devices.

A highly motivated postdoctoral researcher is sought for working on the fabrication of microbubbles for use as contrast agents. You will perform research in the area of (bio-)physical chemistry and colloid chemistry. The project aims at the design and development of stable microbubbles with tailored properties using lipids and (co-)polymers. To reach this aim, different methods of production will be employed like microfluidics and/or sonication.

What we do for you

Institute for Materials Research in MicroElectronics (IMOMEC) is an associated laboratory of imec located on the campus of the University of Hasselt in Diepenbeek, Limburg, Belgium. IMOMEC has an integrated and intensive collaboration with the Institute for Materials Research (IMO). While most of the more fundamental research is carried out at IMO, the largest part of applied research and projects in collaboration with industry are concentrated within IMOMEC. The joint activities of IMO-IMOMEC concentrate on wide band gap materials, organic synthesis, organic materials for electronic applications, precursors for nanomaterials, biosensors, nanophysics and electrical, physical and chemical characterization.

In exchange for your talent, passion and expertise, you will join a multicultural and high-tech company, with challenges there for the taking. Our flexible, progressive and informal working environment offers you a range of possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. This is your opportunity to contribute to the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow. imec supports and guides you in this process; not only with words but with concrete actions. Through, our corporate university, we are actively investing in the further development of all our employees to assure their technical and personal growth. Your valuable contribution and that of your colleagues make imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of an attractive and competitive salary with many fringe benefits.

We offer a contract for 1 year (renewable 1 year). You will work at IMOMEC, Hasselt.

Who you are

You have a PhD degree in physical chemistry, polymer chemistry or colloid chemistry (or equivalent). Experience will be appreciated in microbubble synthesis and block copolymer synthesis. Experience in microfluidic chip based technology for droplet production is an added value. You have good knowledge and know-how in heterophase techniques and colloid characterization techniques. A good command of the English language and willingness to perform research in a team-oriented international research environment is a must. You have good relational, communicative and reporting skills.

Interested candidates should submit their application, including a motivation letter, a CV, BSc and MSc transcripts of grades, the MSc thesis, the PhD thesis, a list of projects and publications, and the names of two people who could provide references.

Contact person: Prof. Marc DOlieslaeger (, imec-Imomec, Campus Hasselt University, Wetenschapspark 1, BE-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium.

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