PhD Position at the Innovation Unit of Cherry Biotech (Rennes, France)

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PhD Position at the Innovation Unit of Cherry Biotech (Rennes, France)Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) - Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

We are looking for a highly motivated student with a major in Engineering, Physics, or Biomedicine who has a strong interest in multidisciplinary research at the intersection of engineering and life sciences. The candidate should be willing to learn and master new skills, as well as to interact with other researchers of complementary areas of expertise for the success of the project. She/He should be willing to integrate in a private company environment participating also in business activities and learning how to drive the path to market of disruptive technologies. The candidate research work will be an important part of a larger European Commission Marie Curie ITN project called DELIVER (“Super-resolution optical microscopy of nanosized pore dynamics in endothelial cells”, ITN projects aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.

Research PhD Project Title



3-year PhD scholarship of approximately €40,000 (before taxes) per year, with additional resources for conferences and project meetings. Work will be mainly in the Innovation Unit at Cherry Biotech in Rennes, France ( The starting date should be 1st September 2018 at the latest.

Aim of the PhD Project

Development of the instrumentation and the microdevices allowing the maintenance, control and data gathering of sinusoidal endothelial cell microenvironments while being imaged through novel high speed and super resolution techniques. The system will be a comprehensive organ on a chip (OoC) in vitro model aimed toimage and monitor, once integrated with the consortium partners developments, the dynamics of cells’nanopores at controlled perfused media and temperatures. The whole system will be designed, conceived and tested in collaboration with the other Deliver partners to mimic the needed minimum liver functional part to evaluate these fenestration dynamics and roles in drug therapies.

On the other hand, the PhD project also aims to be a useful experience and a unique opportunity for the PhD candidate to experience the complex and existing journey of bridging academic research and industrial innovation. He will be welcomed in a dynamic start-up environment, learning about scientific results valorization, industrialization and entrepreneurship, while also interacting with all the different hierarchical levels.

Candidate Profile

  • -  Master’s degree in engineering, physics or biomedical sciences with experience in systems engineering, software programming, mechanics and/or electronics.

  • -  Experience in signal processing, optics, imaging, AI, cell culturing, biotechnology, design and microfluidics will be taken also into consideration.

  • -  Entrepreneurship mindset willing to gain business concepts to facilitate the translation of research into viable and commercial products.

  • -  Ability and motivation to work independently as well as collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team.

  • -  Passion and dedication for acquiring knowledge, expertise and language from scientific fields different

    from the candidate’s original background.

  • -  Exceptional communicative and intercultural skills.

  • -  Excellent English writing and presenting skills.

  • -  Willingness for mobility throughout Europe and stakeholders interactions.

Candidate Main Responsibilities

  • -  To manage and carry out an independent, organ on a chip and bioengineering -based, research project in close collaboration with partners in DELIVER.

  • -  To integrate into the Cherry Biotech startup environment and spirit participating in a broader project.

  • -  To actively participate in research and training activities within the DELIVER network.

  • -  To contribute to writing articles for scientific journals.

  • -  To disseminate research results in the scientific community (via international conferences) and in the

    non-scientific community (via outreach and public engagement).

Additional ITN-MSCA criteria

  • -  The candidate cannot have more than 4 years fulltime research experience (and cannot yet have a PhD).

  • -  The candidate cannot have lived for more than 12 months in France over the last 3 years.How to Apply

    We need a letter of motivation, indicating what you are willing to find and to bring to the project, and your CV before the 30th of June 2018. You can send these documents in PDF format to our Innovation Unit: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. mentioning “DELIVER PhD 002 Position” in the subject. For inquiriesyou can send a message to this same address.

    Working environment

    Cherry Biotech is a European but globally oriented SME founded in 2014 by entrepreneurs with a strong scientific and engineering background. Currently composed by 15 full-time employees from different nationalities, it develops and commercializes high-performance, precise, universal and user-friendly platforms to precisely control cell microenvironments. The main target-markets are life sciences research, drug development support and healthcare.

    The company has also an Entrepreneurship Unit to promote and spread science valorization among scientists by providing mentoring and skills training. The company is integrated into the NBIC Valley (, with headquarters in Paris, a startup consortium aimed to spark the next technological revolution in Europe.

    Cherry Biotech is based in Rennes, a dynamic city flooded with University students, entertainment and cultural heritage.

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