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PhD: Microchip Multiple Screening of Tropical Fevers
Function types PhD positions
Scientific fields Engineering
Hours 38.0 hours per week
Salary maximum € 2801
Education University Graduate
Job number TNWCE17-015
About employer Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
In the framework of the Global Research Fellowships Initiative of the Delft University of Technology, a 4-year PhD position is available in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering (in collaboration with the Dept. of Precision and Microsystems Engineering) on the development of the fundamentals of a lab-on-a-chip platform to screen tropical fevers such as Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue. The final project goal is to develop a proof of concept microchip technology for the simultaneous detection of these tropical fevers, which are presenting an increasing threat to global public health.
The project is of a multidisciplinary nature and involves soft matter, physical chemistry, and engineering aspects. The project will be carried out in collaboration with partners in Cape Town University, South Africa.
Our approach is based on a very recent platform developed by us, where very large arrays of biocompatible nanowires formed by ultralong stable block copolymer micelles will be used as a physical support for viral antibody detection. Development of chemically modified nanowires will allow specific antibody detection. Detection methods of various kinds will then be further investigated. A prototype of the chip will be tested in the Netherlands as well as in cooperation with colleagues of the Chemistry Department of the University of Western Cape, South Africa.
- have completed an MSc degree or the equivalent by the time of start.
- have good knowledge of English, both written and spoken, in order to be able to submit reports and a doctoral thesis in English.
- have a strong background in one of the following fields: pharmacy / biochemistry / chemistry or chemical engineering / physics or materials science. Experience with microbiology and cell culture is a plus.
- be willing to learn microfabrication, signal processing, viral antibody handling, and device design integration.
- be open-minded and possess good lab skills.
- agree with a compulsory visit of a few months (to be defined) to Cape Town University in South Africa to carry on cooperative research with academic staff there.
Conditions of employment
The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children's Centre offers child care and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit graduateschool.tudelft.nl/ for more information.
For more information about this position, please contact Eduardo Mendes, phone: +31 (0)15-2782623, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your application and personal statement of motivation with CV (including contact information for at least two academic references) and transcripts from your Bachelor's and/or Master‘s degrees as a SINGLE PDF file. All applications should be sent by e-mail to Eduardo Mendes, e-mail: email@example.com with “Application PhD Tropical Fever“ as subject of the message. For more info visit: softmatter.tudelft.nl. Please apply by 21 April 2017.
Contract type: Temporary, 4 years
Delft University of Technology
Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.
Within the TU Delft Global Initiative, scientists from Delft University of Technology use their expertise to find concrete solutions of universal benefit for problems faced by people in developing countries. Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research, and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety, and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes, and schools.