Postdoc in 3D Waveguide and 3D Electrode Design for 3D Brain-on-a-Chip Systems

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If you are establishing your career as scientist and you are looking for the best possible foundation for fulfilling your dreams and ambitions, it is right here in front of you. In the Bioanalytics group at DTU Bioengineering, you will conduct research in the forefront of neuroregeneration and neurotechnology as part of a multidisciplinary team of researcher within the European Pathfinder Open project 4-Deep Brain Reconstruction (4-DBR). The aim is to develop a new generation implantable brain regenerative brain-on-a-chip system with the future goal to cure neurological disorders, such as Parkinson´s and Huntington´s disease. This postdoc position will be a great opportunity for you to conduct groundbreaking research and supervise students in close collaboration with other researchers within the group and international partners with the opportunity for international research stays and visits.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to lead the work on developing various structures that can be used as 3D waveguides and/or 3D electrodes exploring different fabrication techniques such as free form 3D printing, stereolithography printing or other suitable fabrication approaches. Together with other researchers in the group and the 4-DBR project, you will be part of integrating these waveguides and electrodes into different types of brain-on-a-chip systems for reconstructing the brain using optogenetically modified human pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons. 

Your primary responsibility will be to:

  • Design the waveguides and electrodes using CAD software 
  • Test a variety of microfabrication/prototyping techniques and materials to enable construction of the waveguides and electrodes based on the CAD design.
  • Interface the waveguides and electrodes to optical and electrochemical instrumentation, respectively.
  • Characterize the waveguides (optically) and electrodes (electrochemically) to be used for generation of light pulses for optogenetic stimulation of genetically modified stem cells and recording of neurotransmitter release.
  • Integrate waveguides and electrodes in different brain-on-a-chip systems
  • Supervise MSc and PhD students in the group related to the research area.
  • Participate in preparation of the periodical EU reports and in the project meetings as well as general scientific dissemination of the conducted research.

You need to have the following qualifications: 

  • A background in material science, polymer chemistry and preferably experience with optical characterization of material properties, photochemistry and/or optical sensing.
  • Preferably with some experience in microfabrication (fast prototyping) techniques such as casting, molding, and/or 3D printing.
  • Flexibility and ability to work in a multi-disciplinary research team.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and communication skills. 

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). 

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation, and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. 

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 2 years, starting ASAP, but no later than 1 November 2022. 

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Further information
For inquiries contact Jenny Emnéus tel: +45 2547 3548 or Arto Heiskanen tel: +46 7344 36917 in the Bioanalytics group. 

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 22 August 2022 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications 
  • Two letters of recommendation 

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion, or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) is an international leader in the areas of biotechnology and biomedicine. Our engineering approach to all aspects of biotechnology and biomedicine positions us as a valuable player with unique competences in a growing bio-based economy and with health systems transforming towards personalized medicine. We have a clear focus on the needs in the life science industry and point towards innovation, new businesses, and scientific services for the benefit of society. The department has extensive collaborations with national and international research units and industry. DTU Bioengineering has approx. 400 employees, of which 2/3 are scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus. 

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