We seek an enthusiastic and motivated PhD student to develop a novel nanosensor based on a photonic crystal for the measurement of mechanical properties of tissue. You will be part of a highly interdisciplinary and novel project, with several European partners, in a productive scientific environment.

You will join the FET EU project “StretchBio” (www.stretchbio.eu)  as a PhD student and the majority of the work will be carried out in the group of Nano Bio Integrated Systems (NaBIS) headed by Professor Winnie E. Svendsen at DTU Bioengineering. Furthermore, you will collaborate with the Plasmonics and Metamaterials group at DTU Fotonik headed by Assoc. Prof. Andrei Laurynenka and out international partners in Freiburg and Barcelona.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your main task will be to design, fabricate and test the nanosensors before they are delivered to our partners for further testing. You should expect both theoretical and experimental work and a high degree of collaboration with the project partners. You will start with the fabrication of an established design to be used for testing of the principles, before input from the consortium will be used to redesign and optimise the devices.

You have a STEM background, e.g. in physics or engineering, and at least a theoretical understanding of photonic crystals. You have some experience working with nanoscale sensors or sensor development. Experience with cleanroom work will be greatly valued, but it is not a requirement, as you will receive the necessary training at the beginning of your PhD.

We expect that you are an efficient team worker, have good communication skills and have a critical engineering mindset for microfabrication of devices.

In addition to the scientific work with the nanosensors, your tasks will also include:

  • Supervision of BSc and MSc student projects
  • Communication to our partners, writing of EU reports and participation at consortium meetings
  • Teaching in relevant courses according to DTU PhD requirements

You must have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see DTU’s rules for the PhD education.   

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Prof. Winnie E. Svendsen, Senior Researcher Maria Dimaki and Postdoctoral Researcher Christian Vinther Bertelsen.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Winnie E. Svendsen, tel.: +45 3125 9369, wisv@dtu.dk.

You can read more about DTU Bioengineering at www.bioengineering.dtu.dk and about NaBIS at www.bioengineering.dtu.dk/english/researchny/research-sections/section-for-microbial-and-chemical-ecology/nabis.

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 September 2022 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) addresses challenges of societal and scientific importance within biotechnology, biomedicine, food technology and human health. The department is based on both basic and applied research and employs tools from biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, cellular biology, immunology, microbial ecology and physiology, bioinformatics and bio-engineering. The department has extensive collaboration with national and international research units and industries. DTU Bioengineering has approx. 300 employees, of which 2/3 is scientific staff.

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