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Design and modelling for nanopore single molecule sequencing with a focus on hybrid plasmonic nanopores for engineered electromagnetic field confinement Early Stage Researcher Marie Curie

   Department for Optoelectronics

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About the Project

Project: DYNAMO (Marie Curie Doctoral Network) GA 101072818

Commitment & contract: collaboration contract, 36 months

Location: Genova

Objectives: Based on our consolidated experience on solid state and plasmonic nanopores for single molecule spectroscopies and trapping, this project aims at modelling, designing and validating hybrid plasmonic nanopores that integrate functional components from noble metals, and 2D- and magnetic materials. The candidate will identify different configurations for optimized single molecule manipulation and detection. The simulations will explore how the electromagnetic field can be localized and phenomena such as enhanced spectroscopies, thermophoresis, optical and magnetic forces. The designed structures will be fabricated in clean-room facilities. In collaboration with the other partners in DYNAMO, the plasmonic nanopores will be employed to perform translocation control and single molecule detection. The modelling will also include data analysis to reconstruct the information obtained from the nanopore with the potential use of machine learning models.

Expected Results: To have validated plasmonic nanopore approaches for single molecule spectroscopy. To have a full comprehension of the physical phenomena that can be obtained in a hybrid plasmonic nanopore.

The position will profit from the Planned secondments in the frame of DYNAMO, where the successful candidates will visit the groups of Chirmin Joo at Delft University, Jerome Wenger at CNRS Marseille, Ulrich Keyser at Cambridge and Paolo Vavassori at CIC nanoGUNE.

This open position is financed by Horizon Europe within the DYNAMO Marie Curie Doctoral Network project.


· To apply for a PhD fellowship, candidates must hold an internationally-recognized Master-equivalent degree in physics, nanoscience or engineering.

· Supported researchers must be doctoral candidates, i.e. not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment.

· Conditions of international mobility of researchers: researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. No restrictions of citizenship apply to the PhD fellowship.

· At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

· English language: candidates must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.

Deadline: 25 October 2022

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