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H2020-MSCA-ITN- BORGES PhD grant position on Combined Graphene FETs and Surface Plasmon Optics Platform for small analytes sensing

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    AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
    ChemistryPhysical chemistry
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/09/2019 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Austria › Tulln
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


We are Austria’s largest Research and Technology Organisation and an international player in the research areas that we cover. This makes us a leading development partner for industry and a top employer in the scientific community. Our Unit BioSensor Technolgies in Tulln (in immediate vicinity to Vienna) invites applications for a:

H2020-MSCA-ITN- BORGES PhD grant position on Combined Graphene FETs and Surface Plasmon Optics Platform for small analytes sensing


  • The Biosensor Technologies group develops new detection methods based on optical or electronic sensing techniques as well as a combination of both. These methods serve as novel platforms for highly sensitive detection of environmental contaminants and toxins.
  • As part of our highly interdisciplinary team of scientists you will improve upon the understanding of these methods, particularly the combination of optical and electronic sensing.


  • You will develop new methods of combining graphene field effect transistors with surface plasmon resonance sensing on the gate electrode of these transistors.
  • You will collaborate with the experienced users of graphene field effect transistors and our optical specialists to develop a new device combining these methods.
  • You will be working with various companies in the frame of the BORGES EU-project. (For more information on this project, please visit also http://www.borges.unimore.it/)


  • As an Early Stage Researcher (ESR3) you will develop a platform for simultaneous electrical and optical detection of biomolecular recognition and binding events. A part of this project is also the development of a detailed understanding of the mechanism that determines the potential of the surface double layer in the gFET and the effect it has on current changes in the gFET. This method will be used to develop an ultrasensitive approach for the detection of small analytes such as food toxins and odourants.
  • As passivation against nonspecific detection is one of the major challenges facing the development of biosensors, this project will also include developing new means of preventing nonspecific interactions for example via the deposition of lipid membranes, poly(ethylene glycol) or BSA.
  • As part of the BORGES project, you will be seconded to various academic and commercial partners to learn new methods and techniques and learn the use of various instrumentation.

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 http://www.borges.unimore.it

Your qualifications as an Ingenious Partner (m/f):

  • Master’s degree in chemistry, electrochemistry, nanotechnology, physics or a related field
  • Experience in electrochemistry, chemistry and nanotechnology
  • Strong interest and experience in a scientific environment (writing publications, giving scientific presentations)
  • Solution-oriented expertise, communication skills, high commitment and motivation.
  • Good communication skills in English. Basic knowledge of German will be beneficial.

What to expect:

At least € 2.162 gross per month for 30 hours/week, for a fixed-term PhD position (36 months) in the framework of Marie Skłodowska-Curie MSCA-ITN-ETN action BORGES (Biosensing with organic electronics). The actual salary will be determined individually, based on your qualifications and experience. There will be additional company benefits.

You will be enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Natural Resources (Universität für Bodenkultur) located in Vienna, carrying out your research in AIT’s BioSensor Technologies Group in Tulln. You will be expected to spend 7 Months at other consortium institutions as part of secondments.

We are happy to welcome you in our international AIT PhD community - As a research institution, we are familiar with the supervision and execution of PhD theses and we are looking forward to supporting you accordingly!


Additional information

Eligibility criteria: 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 for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years).

“The data of the applicant will be collected in order to realize the selection procedure such as described in Grant Agreement No. 813863 - Horizon 2020 BORGES and will be communicated by ... (selecting beneficiary) to the Recruitment and Training Committee which is composed by representatives of the beneficiaries having part in the project. The candidate may refer to the .... (selecting beneficiary) in order to exercise her/his rights under art. 15 – 22 Reg. (EU) 2016/679.”



Please submit your application documents including CV, cover letter and certificates online, via: https://jobs.ait.ac.at/Job/112309


For further information please contact:

Dr. Jakob Andersson, jakob.andersson(at)ait.ac.at

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