Post-Doctoral Position: Development of a robotic system for training 3D skeletal muscle tissues engineered in vitro

University of Twente
August 26, 2024
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Job Description

The Neuro-Mechanical Modeling and Engineering Lab (https:// bit.ly/NMLab) is seeking for an outstanding post-doctoral fellow to work within our new Project ROBOREACTOR funded by the prestigious European Research Council (Consolidator Grant). You will join an international team working on a novel and ambitious project at the frontiers of robotics, muscle physiology and regenerative medicine (https:// bit.ly/NMLTube).

The opening

You will develop a robotic system to pace ( i.e., both mechanically and electrically) skeletal muscle tissues engineered in vitro from human- induced pluripotent stem cells. The envisioned robotic system will enable skeletal tissues to be simultaneously stretched ( i.e., via movable pillars), while receiving electrical stimulation ( i.e., via carbon electrodes). The robot will deliver closed-loop controlled mechanical strain to the tissue under various levels of activation over a period of 4 weeks to study tissue structural remodeling.

Your tasks will be:

  • Design and develop the robot for tissue pacing including:
  • - Selection of biocompatible materials for the robot structure. - Selection of sensors for closed-loop control, to be compatible with a cell culture incubator, visible light and fluorescence microscopy as well as stimulation electrodes. - Development of low-level controllers of tissue strain and electrical activation.

  • Conduct in vitro experiments, perform tissue handling and analyses ( e.g., (immuno)histology, imaging, or qPCR analyses) to assess the efficacy of the robot in promoting muscle tissue growth over a 4-week period. This task will be conducted together with a PhD candidate team member.
  • Your work will be facilitated by in-house expertise and mentorship. You will collaborate with top-scientists on aspects including muscle-on-a-chip and statistical modelling, giving large opportunity to perform impactful research!

    Your profile
  • Designing, fabricating and controlling robots for pacing small skeletal muscles (e.g., 3-5 mm long) engineered from cell cultures in vitro.
  • Experience with precision actuators control.
  • A PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, BioHybrid Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering, or a related field.
  • Can work in a cell culture lab for engineering muscle tissues via cell culturing, particularly for skeletal muscle research.
  • Can perform basic analyses of tissue structure and force-generating capacity.
  • Interpersonal and organizational skills, with high motivation and both oral, as well as written communication abilities
  • Coordinating undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Proficient in written and oral English.
  • Our offer
  • A full-time 3-year position.
  • Gross salary between € 3.877,- and €5.090,- per month depending on experience and qualifications;
  • An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • A minimum of 29 holidays.
  • Professional and personal development programs.
  • Access to Neuromechanics and Tissue Engineering outstanding facilities.
  • Proximity to Enschede, a mid-size city with a large social offer, immersed in the nature of the Twente region.
  • Fun work atmosphere with social lab retreats.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Information and application

    Apply by August 26th, 2024. Applications must include the following documents:

  • A video (2-minute max) describing your scientific interests and why you want to apply for this position.
  • A cover letter (1-page max) specifying how your experience and skills match the position as well as summarizing work in your masters.
  • A CV including English proficiency level, nationality, visa requirements, date of birth, experience overview, and publication list.
  • Contact information for at least two academic references. A support letter will be requested only if your application is considered.
  • The first interview will take place in the week of September the 9th. Start of the contract is expected as soon as possible and no later than December 2024.

    For questions, please contact Prof. Massimo Sartori, mail: [email protected]. Please, only apply via the web platform and not via email.

    About the department

    ERC Consolidator Grant ROBOREACTOR: Is it possible to regenerate new, healthy biological tissues in the human body after neuro-muscular injuries such as a stroke? Can we develop intelligent robots that autonomously discovers the electro-mechanical stimuli needed for skeletal muscles (and its innervating spinal motor neurons) to regenerate over time, potentially outperforming conventional rehabilitation? These are some of the questions my team and I will address in the coming 5 years. We will do that by proposing radically new sensor-driven, AI-powered computational models to predict structural remodelling in the skeletal muscle across large time scales i.e., weeks to months. We'll use these predictive models to command rehabilitation robots closed-loop control key muscle adaptation and remodelling both in vitro and in vivo.

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    European Research Council (ERC)'s mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support the best of the best in Europe's frontiers research

    About the organisation

    The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

    Want to know more Sartori, M. (Massimo)

    Full Professor and Chair of Neuromuscular Robotics

    Sartori, M. (Massimo)

    Full Professor and Chair of Neuromuscular Robotics

    Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Massimo for all substantive questions about this position and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.

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    Apply. When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

    Step 2

    Selection. The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

    Step 3

    1st interview. The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

    Step 4

    2nd interview. In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

    Step 5

    The offer. If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer. If applicable, we will sign you up for screening.

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