Within Luxembourg, innovative research in the area of Biophysics is carried out at the Physics of Living Matter Group embedded within the University of Luxembourg’s Department of Physics and Materials Science (DPHYMS). Close synergies with the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), the Department of Life Sciences and Medicine (DLSM), Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), the Luxembourg National Health Laboratory (LNS), and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) make Luxembourg a thriving hub for cutting edge cross-disciplinary research in the physics of living matter.
Area: The applicant will be a member of the Physics of Living Matter Group headed by Prof. Dr. Anupam Sengupta, at the Department of Physics and Materials Science. The deliverables of this position fall partly in the frame of a market-oriented innovative proof-of-concept biotechnology research project, funded by the Luxembourg National Research Funds (FNR-JUMP) starting from 01.01.2023. In addition, the selected applicant will be responsible for the management and maintenance of the Group’s laboratories (Biosafety level-1 and level-2 labs). The Group’s research focuses on uncovering the physiological and behavioural response of microorganisms (at the level of single cells, populations and communities) under changing environments, in the context of climatic shifts, human health and medical diagnostics. A second central topic of the lab is to harness the fundamental discoveries in biophysics and biomaterials toward innovations, specifically in the next generation of renewable, bio-compatible and sustainable products, bioremediation techniques and biotechnological tools. The Group develops advanced imaging methods, high throughput analyses tools, and regularly uses state-of-the-art microbiological and molecular techniques including metabolomics and genomics to address related research questions. The model cell lines including bacteria, cyanobacteria, phytoplankton (algae) and relevant microbial communities, and organoids are studied under ecologically- or medically-relevant settings using a combination of microfluidics, automation, and micro-/milli- fabrication techniques. An overview of the research activities can be found here:
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