Postdoc position on Microfluidic cartridge will develop a microfluidic cartridge housing a multi-modal sensor for detection of biomarkers for respiratory disorders

The AMBER (Applied Microfluidics for BioEngineering Research) group seeks qualified candidates for a postdoc position in the frame of an EU project, Unicorn-Dx. This project aims at developing an innovative sensing platform using a multi-modal detection mechanism for the detection of biomarkers at the single-particle level. Your role in this broad project will focus on the sample preparation steps and the device integration. You will develop an integrated microfluidic platform to support a “sample-in/answer-out” paradigm for a point-of-care solution integrating adequate sensing modalities (developed by other partners). This microfluidic cartridge will be designed to be fully disposable and user-friendly, and for being employed at the point of care with a short answer (e.g., 15 min). While our overarching goal is to develop a flexible and broadly applicable sensing platform, we will focus, in this project, and as proof of concept, on the detection of acute respiratory infections.

The present project is part of an EU-funded consortium in the frame of the ATTRACT 2.0 call, involving seven European universities and companies providing complementary expertise ranging from innovative sensing modalities, microfluidics, up to the final clinical validation. This consortium is led by a local, UTwente-based startup ECsens


  • You have a PhD degree in physics, nanoscience, electrical or mechanical engineering;
  • You have experience with microfluidics and cleanroom microfabrication;
  • You are interested in developing new diagnostic devices and sensing applications;
  • You have interest and aptitudes in modelling (not mandatory but desirable);
  • You are proficient in English.


  • You will be appointed for a period of maximum 2 years fulltime within a very stimulating scientific environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues.
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU);
  • Gross salary between €3.420,- and €4.490,- per month depending on experience and qualifications;
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, a year-end bonus of 8.3% and a solid pension scheme;
  • Between 29 and 41 leave days in case of full-time employment;
  • Excellent support and facilities for professional and personal development.
  • We are also a family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid) and career support for partners.


Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via the ‘Apply now’ button below before the 31st of May 2022, and include:

  • an application letter emphasizing your specific interest and motivation, as well as your suitability for the position
  • a detailed CV,
  • names/contact information for three or more references.

An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure.

For more information regarding this position, you are welcome to contact Prof. Séverine Le Gac, Email:


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