PhD in microsystems technology with a focus on organs-on-chip
Sort on published: 2017-03-23
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At the Department of Engineering Sciences
In the EMBLA research group, we develop novel approaches in microfabrication and integrate our systems with microfluidics to develop new experimental platforms for visualisation and characterisation of cells to learn more about the human biology. EMBLA is part of the Division of Microsystems Technology (MST), Department of Engineering Sciences and is located at the Ångström Laboratory.
More information on the research group's profile is available in the website:
Organs-on-chip is a growing research field with the ambition to replace traditional animal testing. In short, human cells are grown in a microfluidic device that reproduces the microarchitecture and function of living human organs.
The microfluidic chips are fabricated in the labs at the Ångström laboratory, typically via soft lithography onto masters developed in the cleanroom facilities using advanced microfabrication techniques. Currently, we are 10 people in the research group and we are now looking to recruit a new PhD student to our research projects.
The research project aims to develop a model of the blood-brain barrier and most of the research will be focused on establishing novel microfabrication techniques of soft materials.
The appointment is for four years. If departmental duties (to a maximum of 20 percent) are included in the position, an extension of a maximum one year may be granted.
We are looking for a creative and highly motivated candidate who, at the agreed start date, will have completed an undergraduate degree at Master’s level or equivalent (e.g. Civil Engineering), with specialization in engineering physics, materials engineering, biotechnology or in another appropriate discipline. Experience in fabrication of microsystems and microfluidics is meriting.
We give great importance to personal qualifications of the candidates. We are looking for a pro-active person with great ability to work independently as well as to function well in collaborations. It is also important that the candidate has enthusiasm for a doctoral program and is motivated to learn new methods and technologies. The candidate also needs to be confident to communicate research results and have a strong analytical ability. The candidate must also have good knowledge of English, both in oral and in writing.
Instructions for application
Your application should include the following:
1) A letter describing yourself, your research interests, why you want to pursuit a PhD, and why you are a suitable person for the research project described.
2) CV (max. 2 pages)
3) A copy of your Master diploma and complete list of your course grades
4) Name and contact details (address, email address and phone number) to at least two references
5) A list of relevant publications (including master thesis)
The application should be written in English.
Pay: According to local contracts (Local collective of students and teaching assistants).
Starting: 2017-09-01 or by appointment.
Working hours: 100 %
For further information about the position please contact
Dr. Maria Tenje, Tel: 018-471 7061 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Gemma Mestres, Tel: 018-471 6805, E-mail: email@example.com
You are welcome to submit your application no later than May 15 2017, UFV-PA 2017/1004.
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Placement: Department of Engineering Sciences
Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months
Pay: Fixed pay
Number of positions: 1
Working hours: 100 %
County: Uppsala län
Marie Ols, TCO/ST
Per Sundman, Saco-rådet 018-471 1485
Stefan Djurström, Seko 018-471 3315
Number of reference: UFV-PA 2017/1004
Last application date: 2017-05-15