Doctoral Candidate in the Field of Organ-on-Chip Models

University of Luxembourg



Your Role

The PhD student will further develop the Human Microbial Crosstalk (HuMiX) gut-on-a-chip system which enables proximal co-culture of microbial cells, epithelial cells, and other mammalian cells, e.g., immune cells.

  1. to establish protocols for obtaining iPSC-based intestinal epithelial cell cultures;
  2. to integrate iPSC-based intestinal epithelial cell cultures in HuMiX;
  3. to conceptualise, design, and fabricate an on-chip TEER measurement system.

Secondments are planned as follows:

  • Uppsala Universitet, Sweden for 2 months;
  • Universitaetsklinikum Jena, Germany for 3 months;
  • Transgene SA, France for 2 months.

For further information, please contact: Prof. Dr Paul Wilmes E-mail:

Telephone: +352 46 66 44 6188

Your Profile
  • Early-stage researcher: a researcher without a PhD, who is in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of her/his research career, measured from the date when she/he obtained the degree, which would formally entitle her/him to embark on a doctorate.
  • Graduation in the field of biology, biomedical engineering or related fields – M.Sc. required.
  • Basic knowledge of microfabrication, biomechanics, 3D cell models and/or cell culture.
  • Practical experience of stem cell culture & differentiation and fluorescence microscopy is a plus.
  • Basic knowledge of data analysis and Microsoft Office. Well-structured and autonomous working style, good organizational and communication skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is a must, German and/or French is a plus.


The applicant must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies etc.) in Luxembourg for more than 12 months in the past three years.

We Offer
  • Fully funded PhD position by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network „EUROoC“ (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018) – More information on the ITN at
  • The opportunity to work as part of an international, interdisciplinary team of 15 PhD students, based at universities and industrial firms throughout Europe. She/he will gain a unique skill-set comprising microfabrication, biomaterial science and stem cell differentiation, as well as an overview of different organ-on-a-chip technologies and their implementation at industrial level
  • The University offers competitive salaries and is an equal opportunity employer. The monthly salary consists of a living allowance, mobility allowance and family allowance (if applicable)

The Ph.D. student will work in the Eco-Systems Biology group at the LCSB and will be supervised by the head of the group, Prof. Dr. Paul Wilmes.

Further Information

Applications (in English) should contain the following documents:

  • A detailed curriculum vitae Letter of motivation (up to 2 pages) which states your research experience and interests and which mentions the application’s reference number
  • A half-page summary of master/diploma thesis
  • Names and contact information of at least two academic referees who could write a letter of recommendation by e-mail

In your application, please refer to