Doctoral candidate in synthesis of photoactive biohybrids

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 08 Aug 2021

The Biohybrid Materials group at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems is now looking for an exceptional

Doctoral candidate

to join the recently awarded PhotoCage project (Academy of Finland Research Fellow), on developing highly-emitting biohybrids, with potential application in lighting technologies and nanomedicine. This is a five years research project, where you will have the chance to impact the photoactive materials field. At the same time, you will develop your scientific potential in a highly competitive and multidisciplinary environment.

Research area and responsibilities

This PhD project is located at the interface between chemistry, biology and physics. You will develop novel fluorophores which, in combination with protein cages, will render unique materials. The position will be hosted in the already multidisciplinary Biohybrid Materials group and supervised by Dr. Eduardo Anaya. The project will have multiple national and international collaborations.

Your experience and ambitions

We are looking for highly motivated and competitive candidates in experimental sciences, with background (bachelor/masters) in chemistry, biosciences, physics, or a closely related field. Solid skills in organic synthesis, as well as overall knowledge of materials characterization will be an additional advantage. Excellent communication and reporting skills in English are required. The applicant must fulfil the requirements for entitlement to do doctoral studies at Aalto University: https://www.aalto.fi/en/study-options/aalto-doctoral-programme-in-chemical-engineering .

Research environment

This project will be hosted at the Biohybrid materials group. The research interests range from Photoactive Co-Assembly of Viral and Synthetic Nanoparticles, Polyelectrolyte Complexes, Functional DNA Origami Nano-Objects and (Metallized) Lignin Nanoparticles. For more information on the research, please see the group web page http://chemtech.aalto.fi/bihy . We have fully equipped synthesys lab, access to state-of-the-art characterization techniques (c.a. optical, fluorescence, and electron microscopy), and cell culture lab, among other facilities.

For more information

For more information, please contact Dr. Eduardo Anaya (eduardo.anaya@aalto.fi )

What we offer 

The contract is initially made for one year, with possibility of extension. The total duration of doctoral studies is four years. Aalto University follows the salary system of Finnish universities. The starting salary is approx. 2500€/month, and it will increase with responsibilities and performance over time. The contract includes Aalto University occupational healthcare.

Ready to apply?

Please submit your application, including the attachments mentioned below, as one single PDF document in English through the ’Apply’ link.

- Letter of motivation

- CV including a list of publications

- Degree certificates and academic transcripts

- Contact details of at least two referees (or letters of recommendation, if already available)

Please apply at your earliest convenience but no later than August 8th. The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified, starting on September 2021 or to agree.

Aalto University reserves the right for justified reasons to leave the position open, to extend the application period, reopen the application process, and to consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

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