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Postdoc (scholarship) in electrochemical biosensors

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 architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The workplace

The research at Division of Micro and Nanosystems (MST) focuses on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and its applications in the medical (MedMEMS), biotechnology (BioMEMS), optical (OptoMEMS) and radio frequency (RFMEMS) fields. The department staff consists of ~45 faculty members, researchers and PhD students who contribute to a high professional standard of intensive work and quality results, as well as to a friendly and open environment. The staff has a multicultural background, and the working language is English. The department is internationally well established, has many research collaborations with excellent partners worldwide, and is involved in several European and national projects.

For more information, see www.kth.se/is/mst/research/mst-research-1.866510

This scholarship will be conducted as part of the Organic Electronics team within Herland research group www.herlandlab.com at MST (KTH) and in collaboration with the Division of Polymer Technology (KTH).

Project description

In this project, we are developing an electrochemical biosensor based on “organic electrochemical transistors” technology that will be applied to the enzymatic sensing of small molecules. The work is highly interdisciplinary, including materials synthesis, device fabrication, and integration of recognition elements into the device configuration to fabricate a biosensor. It will address several research challenges, from the chemistry of the new materials to device fabrication, and biosensor development. Your research will be application-focused, developing a fully functional biosensor for real sample analysis. You will work in a highly innovative environment in close contact with partners working in chemical synthesis and microfabrication.

Qualifications

Requirements

  • Education/qualifications. The successful candidate must hold a doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree in a relevant discipline area, such as electrochemistry/electroanalytical chemistry, biosensing engineering, or bioelectronics obtained no later than 3 years prior to starting the position.
  • Communication. Good command of English and high level of written and oral communication skills.
  • Publications. At least one first author publication and a record of publications in quality, peer reviewed journals.
  • Behavior. A history of respectful and professional behavior and attitudes in a collaborative environment.

Essential criteria

  • Research experience in electrochemistry and electrochemical methods, with demonstrated knowledge in electrochemical processes, the ability to interpret electrode reactions, and perform statistical analysis of data.
  • Specialization in biochemical sensors, bioconjugation methods, and the fabrication and characterization of sensing devices is highly valued.
  • Experience with and understanding of analytical chemistry techniques associated with the characterization of polymers and small organic molecules.
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.
  • An innovative and flexible mindset, being able to translate theory into practical solutions for the biosensor development.  

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience with organic semiconductors and organic electronic devices.
  • Knowledge of polymer and/or organic chemistry, with skills in the areas of synthesis and understanding of reaction mechanisms.

Application

Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to Erica Zeglio zeglio@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 2021-08-31. Mark your application with reference number J-2021-1671

The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Cover letter (detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position).
  • Copy of PhD diploma. A translation into English or Swedish if the original documents have not been issued in any of these languages would be appreciated.
  • Statement of purpose: what are your academic interests, how they relate to your previous studies and future goals (max 2 pages).
  • Copy of your most important publication.
  • Contact information for three references.

Please observe that you apply for a scholarship, not an employment.

About the position/positions

Period: 2021-11-01 -2022-10-31 (plus 1 year possible extension)

Extent: Full-time

Number of positions: 1

Amount of scholarship: 29000 SEK / Month

Location: KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Contact

Erica Zeglio, zeglio@kth.se

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