16/06/2017
European Research Council

Open positions (PhD, Post-doc) in the ERC-project “Scattering and tapping on soft-hard-open nuts”


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciencesBotany
    ChemistryMolecular chemistry
    PhysicsBiophysics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/08/2017 12:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    Austria › Vienna
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2017
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / ERC
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    681885

One PhD student and one postdoctoral researcher position are currently available to reveal the design secrets of seed coats on the micro-and nanoscale. The protecting coverings are very heterogeneous in structure and composition due to different seed dispersal strategies and environments designed for. The ones having hard outer coverings are commonly called nuts and their shells have recently become of interest for biomimetic research as they represent hard and tough lightweight structures with biological and environmental resistance. The objectives of the ERC-project are threefold: 1) develop in-situ methods for in-depth characterization at the micro- and nano level, 2) reveal the heterogeneity and common design principles by investigating different species and 3) follow development (soft), maturation (hard) and germination (open).

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Biological sciences
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    All: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

The candidates should have a strong background in plant biology, chemistry and/or physics and be highly motivated to work interdisciplinary in the bionami-team (bionami.at).

Specific Requirements

Experiences in sample preparation methods (microtomy), microspectroscopy (FT-IR, Raman) and multivariate data analysis, Atomic force microscopy, Electron microscopy are mandatory for the Post-doc position, but not for the PhD position. We are looking for ambitions and self-motivated candidates to work on this challenging research questions in the excellently equipped Biophysics labs. Cutting-edge instrumentation for sample preparation (cryo-microtomy, ultra-microtomy..) and characterization of structure, chemistry and mechanics on the micro- and nanoscale (e.g. Confocal Raman microscope optimized for high resolution imaging, several AFMs, FT-IR microscopy, Fluorescence microscopy, electron microscopy,…) are waiting for curious and talented researchers, who will be well supported by the experienced bionami-team.

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Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences vienna
Austria
Vienna
1190
Muthgasse 11

EURAXESS offer ID: 225230