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PhD fellow in mycobacterial PE/PPE proteins
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Published: 2 months ago
Application deadline: Aug 20
Location: Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium
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PhD fellow in mycobacterial PE/PPE proteins

Institute of Experimental and Clinical Research (IREC)
Research Group Medical Microbiology (MBLG)

Avenue Hippocrate, 54 bte B1.54.05
1200-Brussels, BELGIUM

The research group of medical microbiology (MBLG) is seeking a “self-funding” candidate for a 4-year PhD in biomedical research starting 15 September or 1st October 2017.

Project description

We are looking for a PhD student enthusiastic about tuberculosis disease. Your project will be to develop and validate new rapid diagnostic tests for tuberculosis (TB). More specifically by the development of assays based on antigen detection using the biomarker PE/PPE and by the development of molecular diagnostic test based on real time (RT)-PCR detection. This work will involve the expression and purification of the recombinant PE/PPE proteins, the production of monoclonal antibodies anti-PE/PPE and the clinical evaluation of the test developed. Your enthusiasm will help you to understand the current knowledge in this area. This is a multidisciplinary project.

Job description

The position (self-funding) is available for a 4-year period and your tasks as a PhD student will be to:

  • Manage and carry through your research project
  • Write grants
  • Write scientific articles
  • Participate in scientific congress and meetings
  • Write your PhD thesis

Key criteria for the assessment of candidates:

  • MSc degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology or equivalent
  • Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
  • Previous research publications desirable
  • Should be fluent in both spoken and written English (French is a plus)
  • Dedication, hard worker and the ability to collaborate and profit from interactions with other members of the research group are additional success criteria

Application Procedure

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically to the following email address :

Secretariat: Anne Buchelot: anne.buchelot@uclouvain.be

Applications must include:

  • Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
  • CV
  • Diploma MSc
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
  • Personal Recommendations

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 1st September 2017. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.

The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above-mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at UCL.

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