PhD position in Science Photo-electrochemical DNA based sensors

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Jul 2021

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The AXES research group at the University of Antwerp has an open position for a PhD to strengthen our developments in the field of photo-electrochemical DNA based sensors.

The overall goal of this PhD will be the development of novel photo-electrochemical biosensors that will pave the way to the construction of affordable, robust, user-friendly and portable platforms for healthcare applications. Due to the integration of recognition bioelements (e.g. DNA/RNA, antibodies or aptamers), electrochemical biosensors are ideally suited for the selective determination of a wide variety of clinically relevant targets such as biomarkers (miRNA), hormones and other biomolecules. The detection of the analyte of interest will be achieved by taking advantage of the cost-effectiveness and sensitive detection provided by the photo-electrochemical strategies. This PhD will contribute to the efforts of getting insight into a yet unexplored biosensing strategy.

Website: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/research-groups/axes/electro-chemical-analysis/

PhD position in Science in the field of photo-electrochemical DNA based sensors

Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of photo-electrochemical DNA based sensors.
  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment.
  • You present your work at national and international workshops and conferences.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree in biotechnology,biochemistry, biology, chemistry, bioscience or applied engineering.
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy .
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A creative and analytical mind.
  • In view of the international context, mastering of the English language (both oral and written) is mandatory.

We offer

  • A doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further one or two-year period after positive evaluation;
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for contract research staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • The start date of the scholarship can be discussed, ideally in spring-summer 2021;
  • A dynamic and international working environment.

Interested?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including June 30, 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments 1) a detailed CV (including honours, grades, skills, publications, …), 2) contact info of two references together with 3) a strong motivation letter 4) a weblink to a short video introducing yourself
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to jobs@uantwerpen.be . If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact karolien.dewael@uantwerpen.be .

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