20/12/2018
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Early Stage Researcher, PhD position

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringElectronic engineering
    EngineeringMicroengineering
    PhysicsOptics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    16/02/2019 16:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Poland › Warsaw
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/04/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    813786

The group Microfluidics and Complex Fluids led by prof. Piotr Garstecki at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the leading research entity among large chemical research organizations in Poland, offers a 3-year PhD (Early Stage Researcher, ESR) position in the framework of the Marie-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) EvoDrops.

EvoDrops is a European consortium consisting of more than 10 partners with the common goal to utilize droplet-based microfluidics for applications in directed evolution. The principle of Directed Evolution (Nobel Price 2018) mimics in vitro the mechanisms of natural evolution that led to the emergence of functional molecules in living organisms. To properly function, directed evolution is based on high-throughput screening tools and droplet-based microfluidics here provide the toolbox for the screening and selection of thousands of compounds per second.

The objective of the thesis is to develop optical and analytical methods for the detection of biological and chemical reactions in droplets. The ESRs will be trained in fundamentals of light and fluorescence microscopy and in using advanced light techniques for high sensitivity assays. For high-sensitivity and high-throughput assays, laser-based and photomultiplier tubes (PMT) optical detection methods will be developed. Improved analytical systems based on fluorescence and absorbance readout for parallelized measurements is foreseen in order to improve the throughput and the scope of biological assays. Signal recording will be performed in real-time using home written software.

The candidate must be interested and preferably should have experience in one or more of the following areas: optics, laser-based detection, micromechanics, micro-engineering, microfluidics, programming. A good level of English is required, as well as good communication skills and reporting capabilities.

Benefits

  • Middle-term employment contract (3 years, with envisaged starting date  1. April 2019 ) – full time position
  • Attractive salary (monthly avg. ca. EUR 1,750 net, i.e. after deductions, including mobility allowance),
  • Work in a dynamic research group of Microfluidics and Complex Fluids which is made up of members representing diverse interests and qualifications – see details on the website:  http://ichf.pong.pl/en/
  • Possibility to collaborate with research groups engaged in the project

Eligibility criteria

  • Possession of master degree in science, preferably in physics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or similar
  • Application must be submitted by an Early-Stage researcher fulfilling Mobility criterion, i.e. researcher who is in the first four years of his/her research career, does not have a doctoral degree, and has not resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Poland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the appointment]
  • Very good knowledge of the English language
  • Experience in one or more of the following fields: optics, soft matter (experimental work), programming, designing experimental systems, preferably experience in designing, constructing and testing microfluidic systems.

Selection process

Application documents including:

  • Curriculum Vitae (incl. contact details) and motivational letter,
  • scan of master’s degree diploma and of an official transcript of the student’s record,
  • list of publications/ list of patents, industrial and utility design (applications or granted rights)/ list of research and/or application projects
  • opinion of an independent researcher on a candidate (recommendation letter),
  • consent regarding the collection and processing of the candidate's personal data (ichf.edu.pl/RODO_doktorant-stypendysta_zgoda_PL_EN.doc),
  • declaration that a candidate is an Early-Stage Researcher fulfilling Mobility criterion (see: Eligibility criteria above),
  • documents confirming knowledge of English language.

 

should be submitted to: rekrutacja@ichf.edu.pl (email title: ICHF/28/2018)  by the 16th of January, 2019

Candidates will be selected on the basis of a motivation letter and CV, after which selected candidates will be interviewed (also possible via Skype or similar application).

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Poland
Warsaw
01-224
ul. Kasprzaka 44/52

EURAXESS offer ID: 365230

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