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PhD Position in Physical Chemistry and Biophysics; Development of cell membrane force sensors using mechanosensitive conductive polymer.

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    Prof K Sugihara
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    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
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About This PhD Project

Project Description

In the Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Geneva, Switzerland, we have an opening for a PhD position in the area of physical chemistry and biophysics.

Project description
Polydiacetylene (PDA) is a conductive polymer that has mechanochromism. Upon perturbation, PDA changes its structure, which results in altering the electronic band gap, thus its optical and electrical properties. In our group, we are developing a cell membrane force sensor based on PDA. So far, PDA has sensitivity towards local forces. In this project, we introduce a linker between the PDA to make PDA sensitive also against membrane stretch. Created force sensor can be used to study cell mechanics in future.

Prerequisites are masters or diploma in fields such as physics, physical chemistry and material science. Highly-motivated students who are interested in pursuing a research career would be encouraged to apply. Starting date is flexible. The selection procedure starts as soon as we received qualified candidates till the position is filled.

How to apply
For general information, please visit our website http://www.unige.ch/sciences/chifi/sugiharalab/. If you would like to apply, please send an application including (1) Motivation letter, (2) Your complete CV, (3) Full contact information of two professional references with phone and email. The entire application material should be sent as a single email to [email protected]

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