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PhD Opportunity in Centrifugal Microfluidic "Lab-on-a-Disc" Systems at [email protected]

  • Full or part time

    Prof D Brabazon
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Embedded Bioanalytical Systems at Dublin City University ([email protected]) – a joint initiative by Science Foundation Ireland and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft - develops microfluidics-based solutions for decentralised bioanalytical testing in areas like in-vitro (“Point-of-Care”) diagnostics, life-science tools, biopharma, agrifood, environmental, and industrial monitoring. The research and technology development of [email protected] therefore operates at the very promising crossroads of microsystems engineering and the life sciences. In its present start-up phase, [email protected] focuses on high-level process integration and automation of centrifugal microfluidic “Lab-on-a-Disc” systems for “point-of-use” testing of biosamples such as body fluids, food, drink, bioprocess samples, and water.
Your mission:
This project aims to cross the next frontier in decentralised bioanalytical “point-of-use” testing by combining microfluidics, microfabrication, and life-sciences to develop “Lab-on-a-Chip” devices suitable for real-world applications. The successful applicant will meet DCU’s minimum entrance requirements for registration as full-time PhD students (including English language proficiency where necessary) and will study for a PhD in the field of centrifugal microfluidic “Lab-on-a-Disc” technologies, specifically in (at least) one of the following novel research areas:
• Development of functionally highly integrated microfluidic devices for bioanalytical testing
• Modelling and simulation of centrifugal hydrodynamics and related manufacturing schemes
Successful completion of the PhD will equip candidates with the skills required for in-demand careers within academia and industry including: microfluidic device design, lab-on-a-chip technology, microfabrication, microscopy, computer-aided design and simulation, statistical evaluation, problem solving, systematic planning and structured management of projects, experimental design, failure mode analysis, and scientific writing / presentation skills.
In addition to being part of a leading research group, you will have the opportunity to experience a professional project management system, and also the opportunity to collaborate with industry partners including Fraunhofer Institute of Production Technologies (FhG-IPT) in Aachen, Germany.
More information can be found on http://www.dcu.ie/microfluidics and http://www.dcu.ie/fpc.
Your profile:
You already have, or can convincingly demonstrate your willingness and capability to swiftly acquire a deep knowledge in a relevant subset of research fields and technologies enabling handling and testing of bio¬samples on microfluidic Lab-on-a-Chip systems, for instance, their experimental characterisation, modelling and simulation, materials, manufacture and detection technologies. You have a first class honours B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) in a topic of high relevance to the [email protected] and can convincingly demonstrate your capability to develop a portfolio of compelling scientific, technological and publication / communication skills.
Stipend: €18,500 p.a. plus full tuition fees for 4 years. The award is subject to meeting the terms and conditions of the funder and subject to the student’s satisfactory annual progression in DCU.

Contact: Email to Prof. Jens Ducrée () with the subject line “Enquiry on PhD position in centrifugal microfluidics at [email protected]

Application process

Submit your CV and a compelling support letter (max. 1 page) outlining your motivation for applying, relevant skill set and background, as a single PDF document to with the subject line “Application for PhD position in centrifugal microfluidics at [email protected]”.

Closing date for applications is 12 noon (Irish / UK time) on Friday 10th of January 2020, or until the position is filled. The prospective start of the postgraduate position would be in as soon as possible.

Funding Notes

Financial support of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft under the SFI Strategic Partnership Programme Grant Number 16/SPP/3321.


Jens Ducrée. Efficient development of microfluidic solutions for bioanalytical “point-of-use” testing towards high-technology-readiness levels — A platform-based design-for-manufacture approach. Proceedings – An Open Access Journal by MDPI, 2(13):1097, 2018, DOI:10.3390/proceedings2131097.
David J. Kinahan, Sinéad M. Kearney, Nikolay Dimov, Macdara Glynn, and Jens Ducrée. Event-triggered logical flow control for comprehensive process integration of multi-step assays on centrifugal microfluidic platforms. Lab on a Chip, 14(13):2249–2258, 2014, DOI:10.1039/C4LC00380B.
Robert Gorkin, Charles Nwankire, Jennifer Gaughran, and Jens Ducrée. Centrifugo-pneumatic valving utilizing dissolvable films. Lab on a Chip, 12(16):2894–2902, 2012, DOI:10.1039/c2lc20973j.

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