Postdoctoral Fellowship – Wearable Electrochemical Sensors for healthcare applications

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The workplace

The School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health conducts research and education in areas that cover several global challenges. Among them are the need of sustainable energy, health and aging population, climate change, sustainable production and working life, food production and clean water. The School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health consists of nine departments, and over 850 co-workers. It is represented in four strategically important locations in the Stockholm area – centrally at Campus Valhallavägen, at Alba Nova University Center close to physics departments at both Stockholm University and KTH, in the medical technology hub Campus Flemingsberg, and at the national research center SciLifeLab and the Karolinska Institute in Solna. The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Chemistry, Degree Programs in Engineering Chemistry among others, Technical Preparatory Year and nine international master programs.

Project description

Today, healthcare costs in Europe (EU) are constantly increasing representing a huge economical effort for most EU countries. As a result, the sustainability of the current welfare system is unclear. Hence, new decentralized concepts are seriously considered as the most reasonable solution to save time in the diagnosis process and reduce total costs, among other relevant issues. One possible alternative that is gaining momentum is the transition to a less intrusive and more personalized care by digitalization of healthcare termed as eHealth. Accordingly, the aim of this project is to explore new wearable concepts based on electrochemical sensors for the diagnosis and prevention of clinical conditions. Hence, wearable electrochemical sensors will be developed based on resilient nanostructured materials with biomolecules as recognition elements for the detection of target biomarkers. This project attempts to provide concepts tools for an improvement in the management of healthcare by providing connected sensing platforms for mobile health (mHealth) and Telehealth applications. Among, the wearable platforms, paper and polymer-based substrates as well as microneedles might become feasible solutions for the continuous non-invasive monitoring. Overall, wearable electrochemical sensors will be developed for the point of need measurement of valuable parameters for a social benefit.

Qualifications

You will be working close with other fellow researchers in the same team as well as with external groups for the preclinical evaluation of the electrochemical sensors (ex vivo and in vivo studies). The candidate should be structured, creative, be able to work independently and meet agreed deadlines, critically analyze information and have previous high impact reports in the field of interest. You should have good communication and cooperation skills. A Ph.D. not older than 5 years is required.

Chemist or Biochemist.This position will be dedicated for the exploration of new wearable electrochemical sensors based on commodity substrates (e.g. paper, fabric, rubber) build with novel and robust nanocomposites (e.g. tailor-made conducting nanomaterials with polymers). The fabrication of low-cost sensors for the non-invasive or minimally invasive monitoring of biomarkers in on-body measurements will be attained. The candidate must hold a PhD in electrochemistry and materials science. Skills in functionalization of nanostructured materials with biomolecules (e.g. enzymes and antibodies) are also highly desired. Besides, it is highly recommended to have expertise in paper-based biosensors and electrochemical sensors, either potentiometric or voltammetric for point-of-care and wearable applications.

Application

Apply to these scholarships by e-mail to skowron@kth.se. You are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad. Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than 2018-02-28. Mark your application with reference number C-2018-0209.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter (detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position)
  • Research statement (max 2 pages)
  • Contact information for two references
    Please observe that you apply for a scholarship, not an employment.

About the scholarship

Period: 6 months

Number of positions: 1
Extent: Full-time
Amount of scholarship: By agreement
Location: School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health.

Contact

Assistant Professor Gaston Crespo
Phone: +46 8790 8122
Email: gacp@kth.se

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