ORGANISATION/COMPANYUniversity of Modena and Reggio Emilia
RESEARCH FIELDBiological sciencesChemistry › BiochemistryEngineering › Biomedical engineeringMedical sciencesTechnology › Biotechnology
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE20/06/2019 13:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONItaly › Modena
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK38
OFFER STARTING DATE01/11/2019
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER813863
Research grant position for 3 years on EGOFET-based biosensors for detection of multiple sclerosis biomarkers in plasma is available in University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in the framework of Marie Skłodowska-Curie MSCA-ITN-ETN action BORGES (Biosensing with organic electronics).
The BORGES Project. The project aim is to train the next generation of R&D innovators in organic bioelectronics, with the aim of developing organic biosensors up to demonstration in an end-user significant context. Organic Bioelectronics is a fast-rising interdisciplinary field encompassing organic electronic devices that exhibit mixed electronic and ionic conductivity. These devices represent a truly unique communication bridge across the technology gap existing between the living systems and digital electronics. Biosensing is one of the most scientifically and industrially promising application of organic (bio)electronics. BORGES is will form young professionals that will be able to operate into this highly interdisciplinary field, acquiring expertise in designing, developing and implementing highly reliable organic bioelectronic sensors. More information on the project can be found at the project website
The position - ESR13
Within the framework of BORGES, ESR13 will perform research aimed at the fabrication and demonstration of an electronic biosensor for the quantification of biomarkers associated with onset and prognosis of multiple sclerosis in biological fluids, with a particular focus on neurofilaments and DAMPs. The biosensors will be based on organic electronic devices with EGOT (Electrolyte Gated Organic Transistor) architecture. To this end, the candidate will functionalize the device interfaces with specific recognition elements and optimize the electronic transduction of the biorecognition events. The candidate will integrate data obtained with the electronic biosensor with those collected with other methods (e.g. flow cytometry) to identify correlations between different biomarkers and get insight into the mechanism of progression of the pathology.
The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term (36-month contract) and enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia within the PhD program in Clinical and Experimental Medicine. The candidate will be expected to spend 4 Months at other consortium institutions as part of secondments.
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The Call for admission, that can be found at the following link provides information specific to the admission applications in pages 4 to 8; the selective procedure for the three-year research grant on "EGOFET-based biosensors for detection of multiple sclerosis biomarkers in plasma" is described in the Call for admission text under section 1) (PhD Programme in Clinical and Experimental Medicine) at pages 16 to 21.
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The competition is open to any candidate, regardless of age or nationality, who on 20 June 2019, are in possession of Italian second level degree (laurea specialistica, under D.M. 509/99 or laurea magistrale, under D.M. 207/04) or Italian degree obtained prior to D.M. 509/99 or equivalent qualification obtained abroad, in accordance with the provisions in art. 2 of the Call for admission. The eligibility criteria for the MSCA-ITN program also apply:
- At the date of the signing of the research grant contract the researcher must be within the fourth year of his research career and must not have already obtained a doctoral degree.
- At the date of the signing of the research grant contract the researcher must not have stayed or carried out his main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the hosting organization (in Italy) for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years.
For full details on the eligibility criteria for this position, please refer to pages 17 -18 of the Call for admission.
The selection procedure will be based on academic and research record and interview.
For full details on the selection process for this position, please refer to pages 16 to 21 of the Call for admission.
To submit their application, candidates can follow the guidelines described in the Guide for applicants to Ph.D. Programmes.
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REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELOther: Master Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Good
The candidate must demonstrate specific interest and commitment in performing research aimed at the fabrication and demonstration of organic bioelectronic devices to be used as biosensors.
Master degree in a subject relevant to the research project and previous research experience in fields related to the scope of the research grant will be positively evaluated and may be regarded as preferential criteria. A strong background in one of the following disciplines is preferable: biotechnology, chemistry, materials science/technology, biology, medicine.
EURAXESS offer ID: 412022
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