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We are recruiting a postdoctoral researcher to work on a “mucus engineering” approach to develop new strategies to reinforce the barrier properties of mucus gels.

Schematic representation of mucus

What is “mucus engineering”?

Mucus is a fascinating material that sits on our epithelium and that protects us from infections (see our outreach materials here). By “mucus engineering”, we mean that we are modifying the physical properties of mucus by topical treatments.  For instance, we have shown one can repair dehydrated mucins, or slow down the diffusion of proteins and polymers through mucus gel by the addition of mucoadhesive polymers.

What would I be doing?

You would be funded for at least 1 year to develop and characterize efficient new ways to increase the barrier properties of mucus. This could include some polymer chemistry, work with several types of mucus materials from animals and humans, measure the barrier properties of mucus using micro-fluidic devices, explore the applicability of your mucus crosslinking strategies.

Who are you looking for?

We are looking for a PhD with a great track record of creativity and scientific productivity (metrics beyond publications and journal IF most welcome). You need to be self-driven and want to make an impact. Your scientific background would typically be in bioengineering, chemical engineering or related fields.

Stockholm

What would my work be like?

You will be working at KTH in Stockholm in a lab focused on mucus engineering. We are a group of two researchers, a postdoc, a PhD student and several visiting students and postdocs working on various approaches to modify mucus properties and on building new mucus-based biomaterial. You will be working in close collaboration with Cirqle Biomedical, our spinoff company located in Copenhagen, which develops a new non-hormonal contraceptive for women.

How do I apply?

Easy, please send me a CV and cover letter explaining why you would be a perfect fit.

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October 15th, 2018

Welcome to Gilai and Laise

Welcome to a new paster student and visiting PhD student from Brazil.

July 30th, 2018

New review published: Mucins as multifunctional building blocks of biomaterials

We wrote a review on the technological potential of mucins.

July 9th, 2018

New publication: Muco-silk, an mucoadhesive engineered silk

Congratulations to Georgia Petrou, first author of a new Biomacromolecules article on mucoadhesive silk.

June 26th, 2018

Thank you to the master and bachelor students of Spring 2018!!

Three students have now finished their stay with us. Thank you for their hard work!

March 7th, 2018

New mucus engineering publication from the group.

New publication from the group on reinforcing the mucus barrier.

January 26th, 2018

Welcome to three new students!

Two master students and one bachelor student are joining the team.

August 21st, 2017

iGEM Stockholm 2017 engineering mucus – Update with gold!

iGEM Stockholm students working with us on mucus degrading bacteria! **Update with GOLD!**

August 18th, 2017

Welcome to Ulrike Schimpf and Cristina Chircov!

Welcome to Ulrike Schimpf and Cristina Chircov.

July 13th, 2017

Mucin-inspired lubrication on hydrophobic surfaces

Congratulations to Georgia Petrou in our group and Vaibhav Srivastav from the glycoscience division and our collaborators at TU Munich for this latest publication in Biomacromolecules: Mucin-inspired lubrication on hydrophobic surfaces

March 27th, 2017

Get funded in Sweden. A guide for starting researchers.

Grants available in Sweden to reach the next level of scientific research independence.