Vacancy for PhD Students at KU Leuven Biomat in Belgium

Deadline: 20 April 2020
Open to: the candidate should be a holder of a university degree, and should have a particular interest in biomaterials research
Benefits: 4-year full-time employment contract


The BIOMAT research group focuses on diverse kinds of biomaterials with orofacial application, and encompasses fundamental material science and biological cell culture, micro-organism and animal research, as well as applied laboratory and clinical research.

Current major research lines include:

Biocompatibility and cariogenicity of dental biomaterials;

Dental adhesive technology;

Translational research from fundamental material science to clinical trials;

Dental ceramics as restorative and implant biomaterial;

Endodontology (including pulp capping, pulp revascularization and regeneration);

Clinical evaluation of direct, semi-direct and indirect adhesive restorative materials and procedures.

BIOMAT’s research expertise in dental biomaterials supported by the scientific expertise from existing research collaborations with bioengineers, chemists, environmental health scientists and material scientists, along with state-of-the-art and high-end research equipment available at BIOMAT and KU Leuven, altogether form the structure needed to succesfully run this project and to provide data that can serve as a good basis for future applied research in the research domains involved. In the past years, we have built a vast expertise in material development, physico-mechanical and chemical biomaterial characterization, as well as mechanistic research on biological interactions of biomaterials.


The candidate should be a holder of a university degree (such as or equivalent to Master in ‘Biomedical Sciences’, ‘Dentistry’, ‘Medicine’, ‘Biology’, ‘Bio-science Engineering’, ‘Materials engineering’, ‘Chemistry’, etc.) and should have a particular interest in biomaterials research (physico-mechanical biomaterial properties, chemical analysis, bioactive properties, etc.). The candidate must be able to work in team, as he/she will work in close collaboration with another PhD student, who will focus on biocompatibility testing. The candidate is expected to conduct the project towards a PhD degree, which includes a 4-year program, and therefore needs to enroll in the KU Leuven PhD program of the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral School.

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments.


– Attractive 4-year full-time employment contract
– Continuation after the first 6 months/year is dependent upon a positive evaluation.

– Supervision by recognized experts and access to state-of-the-art research infrastructure.

– Highly innovative research project aiming to improve dental composite technology.

– Training in complementary skills via participation at local and network-based events.

– Salaried position according to the KU Leuven salary rates for Ph.D. students.

How to apply?

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