PhD student (2x2 years) in label-free DNA-sensors with real-time,
electronic detection principles
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.
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.