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A multidisciplinary research project including 5 Ph.D. students is being established at the Department of Micro and Nanotechnology (DTU Nanotech) at the Technical University of Denmark aiming to develop and use a combination of sample handling and sensing on a simple DVD-based platform. Later in the project we will address high-throughput application within diagnostics and environmental monitoring in collaboration with Danish industry.

Responsibilities and tasks
The Ph.D. project will be associated with the Nanoprobes group at the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology at the Technical University of Denmark. The project is part of recently granted European Research Council project ’HERMES - High Exponential Rise in Miniaturized cantilever-like Sensing’.

The aim of this Ph.D. project is to realize and apply SERS sensors and agglutination assays on a rotating disc platform (like a DVD player). The first tasks involve realizing substrates and/or nano-beads for SERS and integrate these in a microfluidic platform. Later, specific application within diagnostics will be addressed. The successful candidate will work on micro- and nano fabrication, system development, microfluidics and SERS.

Experimental work will be carried out in the cleanroom facilities at DTU Danchip and in the laboratories of DTU Nanotech. The project work will be performed in collaboration with co-workers at Academia Sinica, Taiwan as well as Danish companies.

The ideal applicant has a master’s degree in engineering, physics or chemistry and has a strong interest in working experimentally in a cross-disciplinary environment. The candidate should demonstrate qualifications or interests in some of the following:

  • Micro- and nanofabrication procedures
  • Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)
  • Centrifugal microfluidics
  • Team-oriented research work

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Anja Boisen and Scientist Michael S. Schmidt.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Workplace: Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, DTU Lyngby Campus.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Anja Boisen, tel.: +45 4525 5727 and Scientist Michael S. Schmidt, tel.: +45 4525 5846.

You can read more about DTU Nanotech on www.nanotech.dtu.dk .

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

Please submit your online application no later than 12 September 2014. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in 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
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here )

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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

DTU Nanotech - the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology - is situated in the northern part of Copenhagen. DTU Nanotech is a centre of excellence in micro- and nanotechnology utilising sciences across the traditional boundaries of technology, thereby enabling innovative solutions for the benefit of society. DTU Nanotech has approx. 200 staff members. With 40 % international employees, the department constitutes an international environment.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,700 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,000 students are educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

Online application here

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