Postdoc in Cell-based Assays and Real-time Detection in Centrifugal Microfluidics

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We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to be part of an interdisciplinary team developing microfluidics in vitro tools for perfusion cell culture and real-time monitoring of cell-drug interaction. The project is financed by a recently awarded Distinguished Innovator Grant from Novo Nordisk Foundation, COMPACT – Cell culture and On-line Monitoring Platform Anchored on Centrifugal microfluidics Technology.

We aim to further develop a recently established technology, cell culture, and real-time optical detection in centrifugal microfluidics, and to expand the applications of this new in vitro tool. The ultimate goal is to evaluate the technology's market potential and prepare a business plan for commercialization. You will have an opportunity to be a part of the start-up team.

The project is placed in our IDUN research group, led by Prof. Anja Boisen at DTU Department of Health Technology. IDUN is a large research group with over 40 members, focusing on developing drug delivery approaches, micro and nanosensors, and detection systems. In IDUN, we have a solid background in applying centrifugal microfluidics technology in sensing and sample preparation. We recently developed the technology for perfusion cell culture and real-time optical detection on discs.    

Research field
You will work in the area of biology and microfluidics. Cell-based assays in microfluidics are commonly used in laboratories; however, they are often bulky with a high degree of technological complexity, limiting their usability. The technology developed by us offers ease of use and compactness.

You will apply the technology, primarily for cell-based assays. In the initial phase, we will focus on finding relevant applications in cell biology and drug development (e.g. cytotoxicity assay, real-time monitoring of cell-drug interaction).

Responsibilities and qualifications
You will be a part of the interdisciplinary (e.g. mechanical, optical, and microfluidic engineers) where your primary responsibility will be to develop cell-based assays in centrifugal microfluidics. You will work in close collaboration with engineers and provide input about system requirements and performance. Additionally, you will interact with collaborators (academic and industrial) who will also give input on applications.

You should have

  • A PhD degree or equivalent in the field of biology, chemistry or biotechnology.
  • Experience in working with cell-based assays and studying cell-drug interactions.
  • Experience in using miniaturized fluidic devices or being part of the development of such a system is highly relevant.
  • Experience working in multidisciplinary teams, self-motivation, responsible conduct of experimental work, and good organizational skills are a must.
  • Previous work experience (min 2 years) in academia or industry after PhD and skills in project coordination is an additional plus.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union.The period of employment is 2 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Section Professor Anja Boisen, aboi@dtu.dk , tel.: +45 4525 5727, Senior Researcher Kinga Zor, kinzo@dtu.dk , tel.: +45 4525 5751.

You can read more about Department of Health Technology at www.healthtech.dtu.dk . 

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark .   

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 30 September 2021 (Danish time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

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

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DTU Health Tech engages in research, education, and innovation base on technical and natural science for the healthcare sector. The Healthcare sector is a globally expanding market with demands for the most advanced technological solutions. DTU Health Tech creates the foundation for companies to develop new and innovative services and products which benefit people and create value for society. DTU Health Techs expertise spans from imaging and biosensor techniques, across digital health and biological modelling, to biopharma technologies. The department has a scientific staff of about 210 persons, 130 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 160 persons, of which a large majority contributes to our research infrastructure and related commercial activities.

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