The Science, Engineering and Technology Group, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of KU Leuven, invites applications for a full-time academic position at its Department of Biosystems. We are looking for internationally oriented candidates with an excellent interdisciplinary research record and with educational competence, to strengthen the program on bionanotechnology and develop a research competence in the domain of mechanobiology of cellular and subcellular systems in the Department’s Division of Mechatronics, Biostatistics and Sensors (MeBioS). MeBioS investigates the interaction between biological systems and physical processes. The emphasis is on the measurement of properties of biological products and process variables, the analysis of the measured signals by means of advanced statistical methods, process and equipment design, optimisation and control. Mathematical models to describe the working principles of biological systems at different spatial and temporal scales are essential for this purpose.
Cells are the basic building blocks of all living organisms. Recent findings in intra- and extracellular processes revealed that physical signals originating from mechanical loads mediate cellular function and are, therefore, critical for proper functioning of single cells and (sub)cellular systems. Important mechanical events on the cellular level are cell deformation, active cellular protrusion, adhesion, cell motility and crawling. On the subcellular level, mechanical signals, sensed by the cell, induce a cascade of biochemical reactions, leading to a myriad of biological responses. The young field of mechanobiology integrates molecular and cellular biology with various disciplines from experimental and theoretical mechanics, such as analytical dynamics, elasto-plasticity theory, statistical mechanics, computational mechanics, and systems biology.
You ensure high-quality education within the area of the vacancy in the bachelor and master education programmes, with a clear commitment for the quality of the programme as a whole. You also contribute to the educational project of the faculty/university through the supervision of master theses and as a promoter of PhD students.
You develop your teaching in accordance with KU Leuven’s vision on activating and researched-based education and make use of the possibilities for educational professionalisation offered by the faculty and the university.
Your teaching duty is determined by agreement and based on your specific profile. The teaching workload is limited in the first years of your appointment. In your further career, the faculty pays a great deal of attention to the balance between research and teaching time.
You translate and exploit basic knowledge in the domain of mechanobiology for cellular and subcellular systems and establish a network of national and international collaborations with research, industrial and governmental partners.
You enthusiastically participate in the activities of various committees and working groups in the Science, Engineering and Technology Group, the Department of Biosystems and the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering.
We are offering a full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It is highly inter- and multidisciplinarily focused and strives for international excellence. In this regard, it actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad. It provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research.
You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.
As a rule, junior researchers are appointed at the level of assistant professor (tenure track) for a period of 5 years; following upon this period, they will, pending a positive evaluation, be offered a tenured position as associate professor.
You will be supported by a PhD student scholarship during the first four years and have access to the research facilities of the division and core facilities (e.g. Leuven NanoCentre) of KU Leuven. You are part of a young and dynamic team holding expertise in bionanotechnology.
KU Leuven is well set to welcome foreign professors and their family and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, …
To facilitate scientific onboarding and accelerate research in the first phase a starting grant of 100.000 euro is offered to new professors without substantial other funding, appointed for at least 50%."
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|Titel||Junior Professor in Mechanobiology of Cellular and Subcellular Systems|
|Job location||Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven|
|Gepubliceerd||december 5, 2019|
|Sluitingsdatum||februari 29, 2020|
|Functietypes||Hoogleraar,   Universitair (hoofd)docent,   Tenure Track  |
|Vakgebieden||Biotechnologie,   Nanotechnologie,   Celbiologie,   Systeembiologie,   Biotechniek,   Techniek in biosystemen,   Computationele biologie  |