Friday, 3 February 2012

PhD Studentship in Stress, Neuroimmunology, Spinal Cord Injury at University of Hasselt, Belgium

The UHasselt contributes to the knowledge economy in the Euregion. Active tutoring, made to measure for the students, topquality research in specific domains and an international orientation are our university's characteristics.

Owing to its small size, the university and its employees are building up to an organisation together where it is a pleasure to work. Qualities are the only means by which people are measured. Gender, ethnicity, handicap, nationality and age are not taken into consideration.

The Faculty of Medicine, capacity group Morphology, research institute Biomedical Research Institute of Hasselt University seeks a (m/f)
PhD student stress, neuroimmunology, spinal cord injury

We offer a highly interactive and well-equipped environment at the host institute (see: The BIOMED institute was established in 1999 and conducts biomedical research in two core areas: neuro-inflammation and the development of biosensors. Basic and clinical research is organized in four strategic programs and much effort is put into academia-clinic interactions and academia-industry interactions for valorization of scientific findings. BIOMED employs approximately 130 persons including more than 50 PhD students.

Task description
The successful applicant will be working in a project on "Stress pathways in CNS injuries" with a special emphasis on thermic and psycho-emotional stressors. He/she will make use of in vitro and in vivo models to study basic mechanisms of stress responses in the context of CNS injuries. The project includes a broad spectrum of biochemical and neuroimmunological techniques such as cell and brain slice cultures, immunohistochemistry, molecular biology and behavior tests.

• highly motivated to work in a multidisciplinary team;
• particularly motivated and ambitious scientist;
• experience with CNS trauma models, behavior tests, immunology and electrophysiology will be greatly appreciated;
• excellent communication skills and a thorough knowledge of English (spoken en written).

Candidates must have an officially recognized master degree in biological, (bio)medical or life sciences or equivalent with a molecular/cellular orientation. (or equivalent).

Final-year students are (likewise) encouraged to apply.

Appointment for a period of 2 x 2 years (with evaluation after 2 years).

Further information
Content job responsibilities:
Prof. dr. Sven HENDRIX, +32-11-269246,

Content terms of employment and selection procedure:, +32-11-268080

Applicants must use the official application forms which can be downloaded here

Application by e-mail will only be taken into consideration when sent to the following address:

Please add a copy of your diploma, a list of courses and your results per course. Without these we cannot evaluate your application.

The completed application forms must reach the above mentioned address no later than 15 February 2012.
Selection procedure

Preselection on the basis of CV. Interview with the selected candidates.

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