Research Support Officer III or IV (post-doc)

Updated: 11 months ago
Deadline: 27 Nov 2019

Call for Applications

Post/s of Full-Time/Part-Time Research Support Officer III or IV (post-doc)

MEMSGRIP

Microelectromechanical System Gripper for Biomedical Applications

Undertaken by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

  • Applications are invited for a Research Support Officer to work on a full-time/part-time basis on “Microelectromechanical System Gripper for Biomedical Applications” (MEMSGRIP), a project financed by the University of Malta through the Transdisciplinary Research and Knowledge Exchange Complex (TRAKE). The selected applicant will carry out research on the design and development of microgrippers for biomedical applications. The microgrippers will be designed to manipulate biological cells and diagnose diseases by characterising the cells’ deformability and/or be used in procedures where it is desirable but impossible to manipulate single cells (e.g. cancer/tumour investigations). The work will focus on the thermo-mechanical design, including the advanced finite element analysis required to successfully design and thoroughly test such systems. The work will be carried out in close collaboration with the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering and the Department of Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics (Faculty of ICT) and with the support of an industrial partner.
  • Applicants applying for the post must be in possession of a PhD/DPhil degree in mechanical engineering or microelectronic engineering or a closely related discipline, through which they have developed a solid working knowledge of advanced thermo-mechanical finite element analysis methods applied to mechanical engineering or microelectronic engineering or microelectromechanical systems applications using commercial state of the art software. Applicants with post-doc experience in one of the above-mentioned areas will be preferred. Experience in micro-actuator advanced testing facilities and material characterization facilities will also be considered an asset.
  • The University of Malta is an Equal Opportunity employer.

  • The post is for a period of 30 months and carries the following initial annual remuneration, depending on the experience of the candidate:
  • Research Support Officer III - €31,200 or €15 per hour

    Research Support Officer IV - €41,600 or €20 per hour

    4. Candidates must submit their letter of application, a copy of their curriculum vitae and a copy of their certificates by e-mail to projects.hrmd@um.edu.mt and should be received by not later than 27th November 2019.

    Late applications will not be considered.

    5. Further information may be obtained from  um.edu.mt/hrmd/recruitment  or by sending an email to pierluigi.mollicone@um.edu.mt .

    Further Information

  • The Research Support Officer will be responsible for the execution of a number of tasks related to MEMSGRIP – Microelectromechanical System Gripper for Biomedical Applications, a project financed by the University of Malta, in which the Department of Mechanical Engineering is working in close collaboration with the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering and the Department of Microelectronics and Nanoelectronics (Faculty of ICT), with the support of an industrial partner.
  • Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) consist of a microelectronic and a miniaturised mechanical mechanism embedded on the same semiconductor microchip. They play a key role in various emerging technologies since they are the most complex and advanced commercial microchips and their compact size, low power consumption and low cost make them ideal tools within many fields, especially those requiring high precision micromanipulation such as micro-assembly, micromanufacturing and biomedical fields. The interfaculty project team has gained momentum through past projects experience in this area. This project focusses on micro-actuation/micro-grippers, a new field for Malta, which hosts a major industrial player in the field. The current project will focus on electro-thermal activation, which is to date still subject to many failure mechanisms that require a lot of experience and trial and error approaches to tackle. Design recommendations based on the chosen fabrication techniques are vague and are not specific to the chosen application. The main project objectives hence are:
  • To design and build a micro-gripper capable of manipulating biological cells and provide physical feedback in order to diagnose important diseases and/or be used in procedures where it is desirable but impossible to manipulate single cells (e.g. cancer/tumour investigations);
  • To thoroughly test the developed design in order to identify strengths and weaknesses of the chosen materials, processes and analysis methods.
  • The main duties and responsibilities of the appointee will consist of carrying out Research and Project Management Assistant duties including:
  • working closely with the project partners;
  • developing microgripper designs;
  • producing project deliverables within the time frames specified as part of the project;
  • abiding by the conditions imposed by the project;
  • writing scientific conference or journal papers related to the project, and presenting them at relevant conferences;
  • assisting in dissemination activities related to the project;
  • performing any other project-related tasks as instructed by the project coordinator
  • The appointees are expected to work at such places and during such hours as may be determined by the University authorities.
  • The selection procedure will involve:
  • scrutiny of qualifications and experience claimed and supported by testimonials and/or certificates (copies to be included with the application);
  • b. short-listing; and

  • an interview and / or extended interview.
  • The post is for a period of 30 months, which will be subject to a probationary period and to the provisions of the Statutes, Regulations and Bye-Laws of the University of Malta which are now or which may hereafter be in force.
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    Msida, 6th November 2019


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