Detalhes da ofertaAbout the position
The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a 100 % position as PhD Research Fellow in Lab-on-a-chip sensor and materials screening. The position is located at the Department of Microsystems (IMS) and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Vestfold.
The fellowship will be included in the project research group for RFF Oslofjordfondet KOLS (kronisk obstruktiv lungesykdom) project.
The employment period will be 3 years of full time with no teaching obligations, and there is a premise for employment that the PhD-fellow is enrolled in USN's PhD-program in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems within three months of accession in the position.
Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent higher education qualifications in microsystems engineering, biological engineering, chemical engineering or closely related subjects. The applicant must have gained the degree within commencement date.
It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems within three months of accession in the position, which require an average grade B from Master's degree, in addition to grade B at the final master project.
Applications from candidates that have completed the PhD degree will not be considered.
Co-operation between staff members is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the University of South-Eastern Norway. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realize common objectives.
Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.
We are seeking a PhD candidate with good understanding of lab-on-chips and electrochemical sensors. Ability and experience to perform experimental work using fundamentals of molecular biology and/or synthesis/use of inorganic materials is necessary. Experience with relevant CAD tools for prototyping and with statistics software is an advantage.
Candidates should be independent and responsible, have strong analytic and creative skills, possesses good communication capabilities including English writing skills, and be capable of working in a multidisciplinary research environment.
PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 482 200 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position.
A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee’s salary.
A professionally stimulating working environment
Good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
A good social environment
Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
Information about the project
Approximately 65 million people worldwide suffer from Chronic Obstructive Diseases (COPD). It has been estimated that it will be the third most common cause of death globally from 2020. About 30000 - 40000 new cases are diagnosed each year in Norway. Research has shown that biomarkers in saliva can predict COPD exacerbations 2 - 3 days before they occur.
The goal of IMS is to develop a lab-on-a-chip (LOC) sensor that can detect biomarkers in real patient's saliva with high sensitivity. The LOC solution includes principles of biological microsystems-BioMEMS, molecular biology for bioreceptors, and inorganic electrochemistry for sensitive electrodes. The PhD candidate will conduct thesis under supervision of a multidisciplinary team of professors with experience on LOC technology, biological sensors, and on electrochemical characterization and materials.
The outcome of the PhD project is to achieve sensitive analysis of 3 salivary biomarkers that can predict worsening of COPD disease. The research work of the candidate may be integrated in a hand-held analyzer in the future. It is to be used by municipal health services for maintaining a stable phase for the COPD diagnosed patients.
Besides participating to the work of LOC sensor development, the PhD work also involve a set of biological tests with saliva samples from patients recruited in the municipalities. Statistical treatment of data would thus be required.
IMS is partner of a large-scale research project funded by RFF Oslofjordfondet that aims to develop a novel sensing technology for salivary biomarkers. In the long term, the project attempts to contribute for the reduction of hospital admissions from COPD exacerbations by early-stage detection, but also by giving patients more control over their own health.
How to apply
Access: https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/204408/phd-research-fellow-biological-lab-on-a-chip-sensor-and-material-for-saliva-screening and press “Apply for this job”. A user account is needed to be created, then the request information is provided in the online platform plus uploading requested attachments.
Please note that transcript documents must be translated into English.
Application deadline (in the portal): 8 August 2021
Appointment to the position will be carried out by The Academic Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellows. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews and must be prepared to present and discuss their projects.
|Habilitações mínimas||Curso Superior|
|Experiência mínima||0-1 anos|
|Características pessoais||Conhecimentos em senssores, capacidade de trabalho em equipa, etc.|
|Conhecimentos de informática||Word, Excel, OriginLab, AutoCAD or SolidWorks, etc.|
|Sector de actividade||Engenharia e Serviços Técnicos|
|Tipo de contrato||Full-time|
|Remuneração||acima dos 3000 euros mensais|
|Tipo de oferta||Emprego|
University College of Southeast Norway
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