We offer a Ph.D student position at the Department of Integrative Medical Biology, Umeå University, Sweden.
Description of the PhD-Project
Peripheral nerve injuries can be surgically repaired, but the drawback is that the nerve heals slowly, and by the time it reaches its target, the muscle, may have suffered degeneration, so that it is no longer functional. This PhD project aims at applying novel imaging techniques to degenerating nerves and for following the regenerating nerves in experimental studies in different model systems. Special focus is given to the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in order to visualize and quantify degenerative processes in damaged nerves, but also to follow the regeneration. Furthermore, optical projection tomography (OPT) will be used as an ex vivo method to correlate the DTI-findings. The project is associated with the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine at Umeå University.
Applicants must: 1) hold a University degree of at least 240 ECTS or equivalent or 2) have 120 Swedish (old) credits (Swe. poäng; corresponding to 180 ECTS credits) of higher education studies in the same fields or equivalent taken before July 1, 2007.
Specific admission requirements: In order to be admitted to postgraduate studies, it is required that the applicant has:
necessary knowledge from university higher education or corresponding education and/or special professional experience that is assessed in relation to the research area.
necessary English language skills, both in writing and in speaking. Evaluation of these skills is made by having the intended PhD student present his/her research plan in English for the Department’s designated postgraduate education Group.
Additional merits: In addition, the applicant should, through university studies or other equivalent education, have gained basic theoretical knowledge in biomedicine and have good experience of laboratory work and method development. Applicants with practical experience of research with animal models and tissue handling are prioritized. Experience of work with MRI and/or DTI is considered a significant strength, and experience with immunohistochemistry and other biochemical methods of analysis are also considered strengths.The applicant must be able to work both independently and as part of a team, and high focus will be given to the candidate’s potential collaborative skills.