Postdoc in Biodegradable Medical Implants

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 01 Feb 2024

Our group is developing biodegradable MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for medical implants, a new class of microsystems made entirely of biodegradable materials, including sensors, actuators, and electric circuits for wireless operation.

Fabricating temporary-use devices from biodegradable materials avoids the need for a second surgery to remove the implants after their period of use. The development of new functional biodegradable materials (with tailored magnetic, electrical, mechanical, and chemical properties) and cleanroom-compatible fabrication processes (micromolding, thin films deposition, photolithography, etching) will enable the realization of fully biodegradable microsystems while retaining the established advantages of MEMS (small size, high precision, fast response time, low energy consumption, reliable large-scale production).

The project will focus on medical implants involving the development and characterization of new composite materials, with the aim of designing electrodes, sensors and soft robotic actuators, all operating wirelessly.

The unique properties of these biodegradable microsystems will allow to address crucial societal challenges that could not be solved otherwise.

Candidates with strong experience in micro/nanofabrication, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, and biomedical engineering are encouraged to apply or enquire further by contacting Dr. Boutry ([email protected]).

A PhD degree in microfabrication technologies, materials sciences, mechanical, biomedical, electrical engineering or related fields, as well as fluency with English, are required to apply for these positions.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (based on scale 10: € 3.226,00 - € 5.090,00).The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

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The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) brings together three scientific disciplines. Combined, they reinforce each other and are the driving force behind the technology we all use in our daily lives. Technology such as the electricity grid, which our faculty is helping to make completely sustainable and future-proof. At the same time, we are developing the chips and sensors of the future, whilst also setting the foundations for the software technologies to run on this new generation of equipment – which of course includes AI. Meanwhile we are pushing the limits of applied mathematics, for example mapping out disease processes using single cell data, and using mathematics to simulate gigantic ash plumes after a volcanic eruption. In other words: there is plenty of room at the faculty for ground-breaking research. We educate innovative engineers and have excellent labs and facilities that underline our strong international position. In total, more than 1000 employees and 4,000 students work and study in this innovative environment.

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For more information about this vacancy, please contact Dr. Boutry ([email protected]).

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before February 2, 2024, via the application button and upload:

  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter (2 pages maximum)
  • BSc and MSc Transcripts (and PhD transcript, if already available)
  • Names and contact information of at least two references (contacts, letters not needed)

Top candidates will be invited for interviews.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
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