PhD Studentship Available in Scanning Probe Microscopy of Collagen (Dublin, Ireland)

SFI-Funded PhD Studentship Available in Scanning Probe Microscopy of Collagen

Electromechanical coupling in collagen

Funding is available for up to 4 years and includes a stipend of €15k per annum, plus EU registration fees.

Location: UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, Dublin, Ireland

Qualification: Candidates should have or expect to obtain a first or
upper second BSc (or equivalent) or MSc in Physics, Materials Science,
Biology, or other relevant area. Funding is restricted to EU applicants

Collagen plays a key role in the correct formation of many tissues.
The piezoelectric properties of collagen have been only recently
measurable on the molecular, fibrillar, and tissue levels due to
advances in scanning probe microscopy. Understanding the mechanism of
piezoelectricity in collagenous matrices will address if
piezoelectricity in collagen is responsible for the correct formation of
tissues, thus providing key insights into exploiting the piezoelectric
effect in collagen-based biomaterials for regenerative medicine and
biomedical applications. The project will allow the role of
electromechanical coupling in biological materials to be established.
This interdisciplinary project will provide training in advanced
ambient and liquid, structural and functional imaging using an atomic
force microscope (AFM) and in biological sample preparation. The
successful applicant will be involved in the further development of
advanced scanning probe techniques and is expected to develop and
publish their work and to present their work at national and
international conferences. He/She will have access to state of the art
AFMs, and will be expected to work closely with the Nanoscale Function
Group of Prof. Suzi Jarvis. Travel opportunities to interact with
collaborating researchers and industrial partners are also envisaged.

Contact Details: Highly motivated individuals with an interest in
probing the physics of biological surfaces at the nanoscale should send a
letter outlining why they are suitable for the post, along with a
current CV including the contact details of two academic referees by
email to:
Dr. Brian Rodriguez
Lecturer in Nanoscience
Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research
University College Dublin,
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Application Deadline: Sept. 8, 2010

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Comment by badineni.venkataramana on September 20, 2010 at 6:41am
im completed my msc nanomaterials & technologies im eligible for this r not

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