Researcher in Biophysics: Single-Molecule Detection (PA2021/1026)

Updated: 21 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 26 Apr 2021

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The research at the division of Solid State Physics is focused around different aspects of nanophysics, ranging from materials science to biophysics, to different applications. The division plays a major role in NanoLund, the major interdisciplinary research environment within nanoscience and nanotechnology at Lund University, and it hosts Lund Nano Lab, which is a central key facility for fabrication of material and devices on the nanoscale. The division is also heavily involved in the undergraduate education, especially within the “Engineering Nanoscience” program.

A significant part of the research at the division is in the area of nano-biotechnology, where we develop new methods to investigate biological systems, and to use biomolecules in nanodevices. Among other projects, we coordinate the Horizon 2020 FET Proactive project Bio4Comp that is concerned with the development and upscaling of network-based biocomputers based on molecular motors.

More information is found at: www.ftf.lth.se , www.nano.lu.se , and bio4comp.org

Work duties

The researcher will contribute to the development of detectors for single filaments (actin or microtubules), in so-called in-vitro motility assays (IVMA). The detectors are intended for use in network-based biocomputers.

Work duties include:

  • Design and development of methods for single-molecule detection, including modeling.
  • Nanofabrication using bio-compatible processes
  • Test and characterization using fluorescence microscopy

The researcher will work in the research group of Prof. Heiner Linke and in close collaboration with several European partners, including TU Dresden and Linnéuniversitet Kalmar.

Qualification requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A PhD in experimental physics or nanofabrication.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Significant experience in nanofabrication
  • Experience in fluorescence microscopy
  • Experience in surface chemistry

Assessment criteria and other qualifications

  • Experience in working with in-vitro motility assays
  • Experience in the fabrication of devices based on single carbon nanotubes
  • Experience in the construction of measurement electronics

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Terms of employment

Fixed-term employment, 12 months, maximum duration until 14 August 2022, 100 %

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

  • résumé/CV
  • a general description of past experience in research and development, in particular in areas close to the subject area.
  • contact information of at least two references
  • copy of degree certificates and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered.

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