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Within the framework of the project “New Diagnostics for Infectious Diseases”, a number of top institutes throughout Europe will jointly hire 15 PhD students who will receive an extensive network-wide training bridging the clinical, biotechnological and technical aspects of diagnostic development.

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Background of the project

Infectious diseases are a major burden to public health and the global economy, not in the least due to antimicrobial resistance. Rapid point of care (POC) in vitro diagnostics (IVD) are key tools in the effective clinical management of patients with infectious diseases.

Yet there is still a large unmet clinical need for more rapid POC IVDs generating more clinically relevant, actionable information. Effectively addressing this need requires a change in the current approach in training researchers on IVDs, generating a new ‘breed’ of IVD researchers capable of closing the gap between the clinical and technological perspective.

ND4ID takes up this challenge by offering 15 ESRs a world-class first of its kind training programme where they will be exposed to the full breadth of disciplines spanning clinical, technological and market-oriented viewpoints, from both the academic and non-academic sector. Through a set of synergistic research projects on novel POC assays, targeting the most important and urgent clinical needs at world leading academic or private sector research groups, the ESRs are offered a holistic training program, preparing them to be lead players in the future IVD field. This training through research is augmented by a unique comprehensive network-wide training programme covering clinical, technical and translational knowledge and skills of relevance to IVD research, development and exploitation. As such, ND4ID will deliver ESRs that will be in high demand serving as an example for other academic and non-academic actors active in training IVD researchers and further strengthening Europe’s position in the internally competitive arena of IVD technology.

Candidate profile

  • Background requirements vary between the various research positions, but potential degrees include MSc degrees in Medical Sciences Bioscience Engineering, Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, Biosciences, Biochemistry, Engineering Physics or equivalents..
  • Strong and proven knowledge of the English language is a must.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Candidates shall, at the time of recruitment be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Mobility rule: at the time of recruitment, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. .

Selection procedure

1. Initial screening based on CV and letter
2. Interview(s) with selection committee
3. Approval by the ND4ID Supervisory Board
Selections will be made regardless of gender, nationality, religion, ethnicity and cultural background, but aiming for a good balance among the group. For more detailed information or to send your CV and accompanying letter, please send an email to pieter.moons@uantwerpen.be.