PhD student (2x2 years) in label-free DNA-sensors with real-time, electronic detection principles
(mandate WNI/2009/001)

Job description
The PhD student will conduct research within the FWO-project “Synthetic diamond films as platform materials for novel DNA-sensors with electronic detection principles”. This project is a joint initiative of the Institute for Materials Research IMO and the Biomedical Research Institute BIOMED at Hasselt University in cooperation with the Institute for Nano- and Biotechnologies at Aachen University of Applied Sciences. The candidate will focus on i) the covalent bonding of DNA onto diamond-based sensor electrodes and the morphological study of molecular DNA brushes, ii) the integration into label-free biosensors with electronic, impedance-based read-out techniques, and iii) the upgrading towards sensor arrays with a benchmarking with respect to point-mutations in patients’ genetic materials. This project combines cutting-edge applied- and fundamental research topics in an interdisciplinary environment. Interest in team work, excellent communication skills, and broad interests in natural-, medical-, and engineering sciences are a benefit.

Profile and diploma
Master degree (or equivalent) in physics, biomedical sciences, materials science, nanotechnology, electronic engineering, or physical chemistry. A background in any of the fields mentioned in the job description will be considered a plus.

Diploma
The appointment has a duration of 2x2 years (assessment after 2 years). Students who will obtain their diploma at the end of this academic year, are also invited to apply.

Further information

Application
Applicants must use the official application forms

  • which are available at the Rectoraat of Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, Agoralaan - building D, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium), phone +32 - 11 - 26 80 03

  • or which can be downloaded here pdf-file / Word format.

The completed application forms must reach the above mentioned address no later than Wednesday, July 15th 2009.

Application by e-mail will only be taken into consideration when sent to the following address: j...@uhasselt.be.


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