Micro or Nanoengineering, Biomedical engineering jobs – PhD position with scholarship in Miniaturized Solar Cell for Retinal Prosthesis, at DTU Nanolab and the Biomaterial Microsystems group, Technical University of Denmark
Deadline to Apply
May 14, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)
|No. of Position(s)||1|
|Research Area||– Micro engineering|
– Biomedical engineering
|Scholarship||According to standard norms|
|Workplace||DTU Nanolab and the Biomaterial Microsystems group|
|Contract Period||3 Years|
|Starting date||Not specified|
You must have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) in micro- or nanoengineering, physics, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree
Experience with cleanroom fabrication is an advantage. You are expected to have a keen interest in biomedical applications and the ability to interact with researchers in a very interdisciplinary environment. A high grade average and excellent English language skills are decisive to be considered for the scholarship
Two of the most widespread causes of blindness are age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and retinitis pigmentosa (RP), combined affecting more than 170 Million people. The detailed pathophysiology of AMD and RP is unknown, but the degeneration of retinal photoreceptors is a central event leading to visual loss in these diseases. There are no effective treatments for photoreceptor degeneration.
The overall aim of BIRD is to develop a biocompatible retinal implant using photovoltaics in order to restore visual computations for blind patients. We will do this by developing a photovoltaic chip (solar cell array) with thousands of pixels and 3D electrodes. We will study how this chip interacts with different nerve cells and the retinal biology and finally test whether such a chip produces signals towards meaningful vision.
Your main contribution will be the fabrication of the photovoltaic cell array providing conversion of an external optical input signal into an electrical potential for stimulation of neural cells in the human eye. The miniaturized solar cell is fabricated in the DTU Nanolab cleanroom facilities. Your primary tasks will be to:
- plan and execute experimental research
- design, fabricate and optimize a miniaturized solar cell array in an iterative process
- determine the quantum efficiency, minority carrier lifetime and IV-characteristics
- integrate 3D microelectrodes on the solar cell
- investigate the interaction of the miniaturized solar cell with retinal tissue
- collaborate with an interdisciplinary research team in a focused scientific effort
- contribute as teaching assistant at DTU Nanolab and supervise BSc and MSc student projects
How to Apply?
To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file
- A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
- Curriculum vitae
- Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
- Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
About DTU Nanolab
DTU Nanolab is a common infrastructure and research facility located at and fully owned by the Technical University of Denmark, DTU. The core facilities consist of a large cleanroom and a state-of-the-art electron microscopy center inaugurated in 2007. The research activities carried out at DTU Nanolab span from nano- and microfabrication with Silicon-based materials, carbon and polymers to the highly sophisticated analysis of nanoscale materials in hard and soft matter. Since 2018, DTU Nanolab is extended to provide expertise in soft matter from small molecule complexes to biological cells.
You will be based at DTU Nanolab, where we conduct cross-disciplinary research and apply micro- and nanotechnology to a wide range of scientific disciplines and applications. The Biomaterial Microsystems group is a highly ambitious group, pursuing research on microfabrication of 3D polymer and carbon structures and devices and their application in drug delivery, bioelectrochemistry and sustainable energy.
- The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union
- If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.
Prof. Stephan Sylvest Keller
Post expires at 8:59am on Saturday May 15th, 2021 (GMT+9)