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Integrated sensors for microsystems, microcontroller programming and periphery design for sensor and actuator systems

Project Description

We offer a PhD Position at the NeptunLab. The NeptunLab is the highly interdisciplinary research group of Prof. Bastian E. Rapp at the Department of Microsystems Technology (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg. Research interests include the development of novel materials, technologies and processes for structuring materials and industrial applications. The work of the NeptunLab is published in the most important international journals including Lab-on-a-Chip, Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie and Nature and has been featured in national and international radio and print media including the BBC, the New York Times and the Discovery Channel.
The development of sensors for biosensor and bioanalyticals, e.g., for clinical analysis or monitoring of cells and biofilms requires the design and setup of analogue and digital electronics in combination with microfluidics. The promise of massive parallelization in MEMS and microfluidics with potentially several hundred to thousands measurement channels enables the collection of vast amounts of data in a parallelized fashion. The development of a complete detection system involves custom designed and fabricated electrodes, electronic connections and circuitry as well as the microfluidic periphery and the operation and readout by microcontrollers. This project aims at developing novel biochemical sensor devices and the scale-up to large scale arrays. The design and generation of microfluidic channel designs by lithography or replication is also part of the project. This position will play a key role in an ERC Consolidator Grant which will develop a next-generation, first-of-its-kind tactile displays for visually impaired people. Being a project of high social and scientific relevance, the project and this position thus offers significant potential for developing an academic career as well as high-impact publications.

Your Activities and Responsibilities
• Sensor and sensor circuitry development
• Microfluidic sensor periphery design, manufacturing and integration
• Layout and circuitry design and implementation
• Microcontroller programming
• Data collection and interpretation

Your Qualification Profile
• Master’s degree and Studies in sensor engineering, electrical engineering or related subjects
• Profound knowledge of microcontroller programming and sensor development is required
• Knowledge of polymer replication and lithographic techniques is beneficial.
• Excellent academic track record
• Excellent English skills in reading and writing
• You should be a team player with ambitions who can conduct research projects independently
• You should be able to structure and document your work properly
• You should be a creative mind, developing your own ideas and willing to go the extra mile to generate outstanding scientific results.

What we offer/benefits
• An interdisciplinary work environment with a team of motivated scientists that strive to develop clever solutions for scientific as well as industrial problems
• Well-funded projects with access to excellent state-of-the art infrastructure, generous lab space and scientific equipment
• An aspiring young team with great emphasis on publications and publicity
• A lab structure that promotes the development of the individual members and fosters open-minded scientific discussions
• A strong focus on the career development of the candidate including submitting to and attending the most relevant international conferences and summer schools
• An environment that supports start-up mentality – if your research is industrially applicable and promising, we will move towards commercialization of your solution
• Payment of TV-L 13 75% (full time), equals monthly gross salary ~2877.95 €
• Depending on the performance of the candidate the PhD degree is generally finished within three years

Your Application
• Letter of motivation
• CV
• academic track record (grades)
• publication list
• reference letter(s) and/or references

Funding Notes

This project is part of a highly prestigious ERC Grant research project.



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