Linköping University and partner RISE Acreo announce 3 PhD student positions in medicine and bioelectronics
Partners at Linköping University and RISE Acreo (Research Institutes of Sweden) have recently been awarded funding for 3 PhD students through the EU project BORGES (“Biosensing with organic electrodes”, read more at www.borges.unimore.it).
BORGES is a Marie Curie Skłodowska European Training Network (MSCA-ITN-ETN) aiming to train the next generation of R&D innovators in Organic Bioelectronics, with the aim of developing organic biosensors up to level of demonstration in end-user contexts.
Organic Bioelectronics is a fast-rising interdisciplinary field encompassing organic electronic devices that exhibit mixed electronic and ionic conductivity. These devices represent a truly unique communication bridge across the technology gap existing between the living systems and digital electronics. Biosensing is one of the most scientifically and industrially promising application of organic (bio)electronics.
The open positions
At Linköping University and RISE Acreo, 3 PhD students will join to the BORGES team, with 1 PhD each working at:
- The Laboratory of Organic Electronics (LOE) at Linköping University’s Dept. of Science and Technology (liu.se/loe)
Area of study: applied physics
- Linköping University’s Dept. of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (liu.se/en/organisation/liu/ike)
Area of study: medicine
- RISE Acreo’s Dept. of Printed Electronics (printedelectronicsarena.com/en)
Area of study: applied physics
At the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, the aim is to develop label-free sensing platforms for inflammatory biomarkers in multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a neurological disease with a high demand for improving prediction and monitoring of disease activity and optimizing drug treatment in a personalised manner. LOE’s main contribution to this effort (and the primary focus of this PhD position) will be in developing organic bioelectronic sensors. These activities will include extensive interdisciplinary research activity – from device fabrication to testing biosensing in cell and tissue models– and promise a revolutionary approach to disease monitoring and treatment.
At Linköping University’s Dept. of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, the PhD studies will be oriented to immunology and neurology with the main objective of applying and testing biosensor candidates developed at LOE and the other BORGES partners and to benchmark new candidates with existing biomarkers. The work will take place in a lab- and preclinical environment in close collaboration with clinicians and biologists, and includes bio-assays, work with biobanks and statistical evaluations.
At RISE Acreo’s Dept. of Printed Electronics, the main focus area will be printed transistors for applications in bioelectronics (biosensing). Activities will involve evaluating different printing processes (including inkjet printing, screen printing, gravure printing, doctor blade coating, and aerosoljet printing) for the manufacturing of organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) and electrolyte-gated organic field effect transistors (EGOFETs) on different substrates (e.g. PET, paper etc.) by using commercial inks as well as inks developed within the consortium.
All 3 PhD students will be part of the network of other early-stage researchers from the other 9 academic partners across Europe and will have access and research-visit opportunities through the consortium.
Note that the PhD positions at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics and RISE Acreo are located in Norrköping, Sweden, whereas the PhD position at the Dept. of Clinical and Experimental Medicine is located in Linköping, Sweden.
Qualifications and prerequisites
Qualified to PhD studentships are only those who are, or have been, admitted to graduate studies (i.e., already earned a master’s degree in a relevant field). For specific background qualifications, follow the specific job announcement links below.
Research at Linköping University and RISE Acreo – and within the BORGES project – is carried out predominantly in English, so relative fluency is favorable.
According to the funding agency requirement, the candidate should be an early stage researcher (less than four years of experience in research) and he/she must not have lived in Sweden for more than one year in the previous three years.
Starting date and appointment time
The starting date is August 2019, or by agreement. See the specific job announcement links for more details.
The salary will be based on the allowances, set by the EU commission as part of the program, and on the regional taxation.
The data of the applicant will be collected in order to realize the selection procedure such as described in Grant Agreement No. 813863 - Horizon 2020 BORGES and will be communicated by RISE Acreo to the Recruitment and Training Committee which is composed by representatives of the beneficiaries having part in the project. The candidate may refer to RISE Acreo in order to exercise her/his rights under art. 15 – 22 Reg. (EU) 2016/679.
To apply for one or more of the PhD positions, follow the links below to the specific job announcements: