Joining

Thank you for your interest in our lab. People are the engine driving research and science. Regardless whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, or postdoc, we are always looking for excellent, creative and highly motivated people to push the boundaries of science.

For undergraduate students: As a junior team member, you will be paired with a senior PhD student or postdoc and provide research support for his/her projects. During the academic year, you are expected to commit 10 hours a week in the lab and full-time over the summer months (Yes, you can take a few weeks off to travel, visit family, or just get a mental break). If you are interested, please email your CV and a brief statement of research experience and objective to Prof. Jeroen Eyckmans.

For prospective graduate students: Please apply to the BME PhD program at Boston University.

For postdoctoral scholars: Given that our research is at the interface between engineering, cell biology and medicine, we welcome postdoctoral scholars/clinical fellows with a background in cellular, molecular, or synthetic biology, biomaterials, orthopedic surgery, wound healing, biophysics, tissue engineering, and bioengineering. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, CV, a statement of research interests, relevant publications and the contact addresses of three references as one electronic PDF-file to Prof. Jeroen Eyckmans.


Philosophy

Well…since you made it this far, I presume that I got your attention! So, let me share you a few thoughts on research and the values that my lab stands for.

Research is like solving a gigantic puzzle, but with a twist. Rather than piecing a puzzle together with a pre-printed image as guide, your puzzle piece is blank (i.e. the ‘unknown’) and you have to carve out the shape of the piece (i.e. research) to make it fit with neighboring pieces (i.e. the literature). Only when your piece fits other pieces, then the image (i.e. ‘science’) reveals itself. Because you have to carve out your puzzle piece without an image to guide you, you will spend a lot of time on ‘creating that one puzzle piece’ (i.e. publication) without solving the whole puzzle. In other words, during your tenure in the lab you likely won’t cure cancer, or regenerate limbs and organs in humans, but you will hopefully solve one research question that brings the research community closer to a solution of a larger and clinically relevant problem.

The process of crafting the proverbial ‘puzzle piece’ is exciting and stimulating, but at the same time, it can be challenging and frustrating due to failing experiments, or that you don’t get the answers that you hoped for. Hence, the word ‘RE-search’. Interestingly, failure goes hand-in-hand with conducting exciting research. If a researcher doesn’t fail, then he or she is not exploring new ground. So basically, if you join my lab, I want you to fail. But, even more importantly, I also want you to stand up again. While everyone experiences failure differently, hard-working trainees with a positive demeanor and who listen, take advice and discuss new ideas with their peers often seem to find solutions much faster than people who don’t. Therefore, for the sake of scientific productivity and for the well-being of every lab member, I will always encourage collaboration, mentorship and open discussion, and I’ll nurture an all-inclusive lab environment where every lab member can be him/herself and is respected by other team members regardless of background, race, gender, and sexual orientation. I expect from my trainees to do the same.