ORGANISATION/COMPANYTallinn University of Technology
RESEARCH FIELDChemistry › Analytical chemistryTechnology › Materials technology
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE12/06/2019 17:00 - Europe/Athens
LOCATIONEstonia › Tallinn
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
OFFER STARTING DATE02/09/2019
The overall objective of the proposed doctoral study will be to design and synthesize MIP materials for recognition of environmental pollutants such as antibiotics. The resulting antibiotic-MIPs will be interfaced with various sensor platforms in order to develop a cost-effective and portable sensor for an accurate, inexpensive and real-time analysis of aqueous environmental samples in respect to antibiotic pollutants.
The following specific aims are foreseen:
- The rational selection of functional monomers using computational modeling and spectroscopic analysis
- Finding of an optimal polymerization method to produce polymer in the presence of target antibiotics and an efficient procedure for target molecule removal from the polymer matrix to form MIP
- Adapting the synthesis methods to generate MIP with enhanced specific surface area: integration a MIP with carbon or silicon nanoscale materials; the sol-gel processed highly porous hybrid-MIP
- Study of the analytical performance of the prepared MIP based sensors.
The persistence and toxicity of antibiotics in the environment facilitate the expansion of antibiotic-resistant human pathogens causing serious public health challenges. Therefore, reliable, economical, and convenient analytical tools enabling fast real-time detection and sensitive quantification of specific environmental pollutants are required, in addition to the currently available methods.
Molecularly-imprinted polymers (MIPs) are tailor-made materials capable of to recognize and bind a particular target analyte with specificity and selectivity. MIPs are prepared in a course polymerization of monomers in the presence of a target analyte acting as a template, which is washed out when the polymer has been formed.
Who do we look for?
- You have obtained a Master degree in Chemistry, Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials science
- You have an experience in the field of polymer synthesis, electrochemistry, sensors, nanofabrication
- You have good laboratory skills
- You have ability to write up results of own research and prepare for presentation to the research team
Doctoral students will be provided with the research position and allowance
The top candidates for the post may be interviewed and asked to present their scientific work and experience
Tallinn University of Technology, Department of Materials and Environmental technology, Laboratory of Biofunctional materials.
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELChemistry: Master Degree or equivalentOther: Master Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
The following documents must be attached to the application (in English):
- Motivation letter (1 – 2 pages)
- CV with the names and contact details of 2 – 3 referees
- Full publication list
- Copies of relevant official degree
EURAXESS offer ID: 400585
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