Universities and Institutes of France


August 25, 2022


  • Organisation/Company: Université de poitiers
  • Research Field: Biological sciences › Biological engineering
  • Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • Application Deadline: 25/08/2022 13:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • Location: France › Poitiers
  • Type Of Contract: Temporary
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Hours Per Week: 40
  • Offer Starting Date: 03/10/2022
  • Project HubLife

    Summary Question: Faced with a growing demand for grafts (kidney, liver, etc.), in a context of increasing shortage of « healthy » organs, how can we rationalize and optimize organ preservation, in order to ultimately optimize the clinical prognosis of transplantation. Answer: HubLife proposes to design and develop a « physiological », versatile and modular, programmable and connected perfusion machine. This device will make it possible to preserve, functionally evaluate, and recondition if necessary, the organs. It will allow future « Perfusion Laboratories » to set up a « stand-by » and qualification platform before assignment to recipients. Keywords: transplantation, solid organ preservation, perfusion, functional evaluation, reconditioning, perfusion laboratory, versatile and modular machine

    Context The increasing use of suboptimal grafts reduces the prognosis of transplantation (TX) in the short and long term (survival of the graft, of the patient). Approx. 500 removed organs are not transplanted and « lost ». A laboratory centralizing the PER of fragile organs, before allocation and sending to the TX center would allow optimal evaluation and maintenance before (hours – days) allocation , and optimization of multi-organ procurement. Current solutions, expensive or academic and very specific, are further dedicated to a single organ.

    Description Based on the respective biomedical and technical expertise of its two partners (IRMETIST & SIMEDYS), the HubLife project proposes to design and develop a versatile and modular, programmable and connected infusion machine (e.g. a « master » device, central rack , which brings together the common power supply, control and data management functionalities, which controls and to which several modules are connected (typically 3-10; one per component). At this stage, HubLife is targeting the kidney, the liver and possibly the pancreas, but additional collaborations for the heart and the lung are planned and under discussion with several national teams who have already expressed their interest in the project. Of note, within the framework of this project, two doctoral students, formally independent, will work together, one « biomedical », the subject of this Doctorate (IRMETIST partner), the other « biotechno and engineering » (Simedys partner).

    Methodology and implementation

    o In-depth bibliographic analysis (infusion solutions, machines, protocols, functional/technical choices)

    o Definition of specifications and specifications,

    o Design of infusion protocols and scenarios

    o Experimental tests (WP3; part will be carried out with the second PhD student (Biotech)

    Supervision will be provided by P Hannaert, with C Breque (Simedys) and assisted by 2 Research Engineers and with the help of ITA technical staff and the Biochemistry laboratory, during the test phases. In the context of this multidisciplinary project, Pr T Hauet will provide “medical supervision”, as well as contacts with national transplant teams.

    PS bout the "Research field" items below. "Biological engineering", was chosen here to cover biological, biochemical and technological aspects as applied to solid organ perfusion: it does NOT mean cellular/molecular biology and genetics


    Doctoral fellowship in the context of multidisciplinary breakup project, in line with current biomedical needs in the field of solid organ preservation and transplantation

    Selection process

    Upon receipt of application file, based on documents received, a first-level peer review of the application and candidate profile will be carried out to assess eligibility.

    Eligible candidates will be interviewed (on site or web meeting) for preselection

    Preselected candidates will be auditioned for final selection (on site; if necessary, via web meeting if the University Doctoral College allows so).

    Additional comments

    Questions can be sent to

    Offer Requirements
  • FRENCH: Good


    Required profile Good level in physiology and organ physiology (kidney, liver, ..) – At least some knowledge of biochemistry and energy metabolism Very interested (or trained) if not familiar with technological devices (sensors, pumps, etc.) Level in standard microcomputing (programming skills would be a plus) Inclined towards multidisciplinary approaches (biology, physiology, technology, computer science, health technologies, etc.) Able and willing to interact with different interlocutors Proactive, autonomous and self-taught

    Contact Information
  • Organisation/Company: Université de poitiers
  • Department: Inserm U1313 - IRMETIST
  • Organisation Type: Research Laboratory
  • Website: https: //
  • E-Mail:
  • Country: France
  • Postal Code: 86360
  • Street: 31, allée des Fousserettes
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