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PhD scholarship in Optically Driven Functionalized Microstructures for Lab-on-a-Chip Biophotonics

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD position within the field of Lab-on-a-chip Biophotonics. The project will be carried out at DTU Fotonik, Department of Photonics, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and will use facilities at DTU Danchip (National Center for Micro- and Nanofabrication). The project is carried out in a strong international context with potential external research stay in the US, Europe, or Japan.

Project description
The European Commission has identified Photonics, nanotechnology and biotechnology among the Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) that will drive future applications and innovations. This project combines these three KETS into a Lab-on-a-chip Biophotonics platform for a wide range of biotechnology applications, such as single-cell analysis of in vitro models for drug screening and cell development. Lab-on-a-chip systems promise dynamic control over the cell’s chemical microenvironment to reveal important single-cell effects that are otherwise lost in bulk studies. This project will use optically driven functionalized microstructures to overcome the resolution limits of fluidic delivery and create highly localized mechanical, optical and biochemical stimuli in Lab-on-a-chip systems. The optical micromanipulation system will also be equipped with auxiliary optical systems for high-resolution microscopy and microanalysis. Project activities include:

  • Numerical simulations and optimization of light-matter interaction for light propagation through complex 3D microstructures having subwavelength features.
  • Two-photon fabrication and characterization of optimized and functionalized 3D microstructures.
  • Design and fabrication of customized microfluidic cell culture chambers featuring convenient introduction of reagents and various microstructures and high-quality optical surfaces for optical micromanipulation, microscopy and microanalysis.
  • System integration and testing of the Lab-on-a-chip biophotonics system and validation in collaboration with biological end-users.

Qualifications
Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. Candidates with experience in photonics simulations, optical trapping, wavefront engineering, nonlinear optics, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip systems and other related fields of optical instrumentation and system integration are encouraged to apply.

Moreover the candidate shall have additional skills as:

  • Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large, dynamical group
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken
  • Industrial experience is highly appreciated.  

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

You can read more about Department of Photonics Engineering on www.fotonik.dtu.dk.

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Assoc. Prof. Darwin Palima and Prof. Jesper Glückstad.

Salary and appointment terms
Salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
Assoc. Prof. Darwin Palima, dazp@fotonik.dtu.dk; Tel +45 4525 3205.
Prof. Jesper Glückstad, jekr@fotonik.dtu.dk; Tel +45 4525 3612.

Application

Online application form


Please submit your online application no later than November 2, 2014. Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:

  • 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)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their MSc degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.


PhD position in BioPhotonics and BioOptofluidics using New Light Sculpting

Apply online by May 2 2012 through the DTU website:
http://www.dtu.dk/Om_DTU/ledige_stillinger.aspx?guid=cc8b7951-14b5-48d0-a29d-c9067bfa286f
The Department of Photonics Engineering (DTU Fotonik) at the Technical University of Denmark is inviting applications from qualified candidates for a Ph.D. project of three years duration.

Project summary
This project will be focusing on developing new and innovative schemes for state-of-the-art light-matter interaction, manipulation and characterization by “light-only” with pioneering applications in optofluidics, biophotonics and nano-photonics research.

In particular:
  • Further developing applications for our fully user-interactive BioPhotonics Workstation platform
  • Implementing all-optical lab-chip functionalities in new bio-optofluidics embodiments
  • Researching on fully utilising spatial, spectral and temporal properties of dynamically sculpted light fields and spatio-temporal beam modulation.

The project will be carried out in an experimentally oriented research environment at the forefront of a highly active and competitive area of science including the potential for being involved in current commercial spin-out activities. The project will involve strong collaborative research with leading academic and industrial groups in USA, Europe and Japan. Click here for more information.

Candidate requirements
Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their MSc degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

Project environment and research group
The Programmable Phase Optics (www.ppo.dk) research is primarily engaged in applying the Generalized Phase Contrast method, which facilitates lossless light transmission and direct conversion of input phase patterns to high contrast intensity distributions. This technique can be used in a number of applications requiring parallel light-beam encoding such as the generation of multiple beam optical traps, optical encryption/decryption or phase-visualization applications like wavefront sensing. The GPC core set-up can be miniaturized into a planar-integrated micro-optics setup in order to realize applications of the GPC method to current technologies in electro-optical data transport. In addition to phase encoding, the group is investigating parallel polarization encoding using spatial light modulators.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Supervisors

Application
We must have your online application by May 2 2012. Please indicate where you saw the ad. Please open the link "apply for this job online", fill in the application form and attach the following documents;

  • 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).

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
 


The Hans Christian Ørsted Postdoc Program

DTU invites highly talented young researchers who have obtained outstanding results during their PhD studies and who have demonstrated excellence and potential in their field of study, to apply for one the stipends under the Hans Christian Ørsted Postdoc Program. Your electronic application must be received by DTU no later than 10 May 2012 (see DTU website for details)

If you are interested in working with us as a postdoc under this program, kindly contact Prof.Jesper Glückstad (e-mail: jekr@fotonik.dtu.dk, tel.:+ 45 45 25 36 12) to discuss possible research plan.


Postdoc in Biophotonics and Bio-Optofluidics

DTU Fotonik, Department of Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a 3-year postdoctoral position starting from March 1, 2012. Visit DTU's online job posting for more details about the position.

The work will be on development of new and innovative schemes for state-of-the-art trapping, manipulation and characterization by “light only” with pioneering applications in micro-fluidics, biotechnology and nano-materials research.

Further information

You are welcome to contact Professor Jesper Glückstad, + 45 4525 3612 / jekr@fotonik.dtu.dk. You can find general information about the research carried out in Programmable Phase Optics here at www.ppo.dk, and you can read more about DTU Fotonik at www.fotonik.dtu.dk. You can also visit DTU's online job posting for more details about the job.

 

Application procedure

We must have your online application by February 6, 2012.

To apply, visit the DTU's online job posting and open the link "apply for this job online". Fill in the application form and attach your application, CV, publication list and references.

The material that should be given consideration in the assessment must be attached.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

 


 

If you are interested in joining as a PhD student, you are always welcome to send us your application together with your CV.

Our group is focusing on the development of new and innovative schemes for state-of-the-art optical micromanipulation with pioneering applications in biotechnology and medicine, microfluidics, colloid science and materials research.

We offer employment and salary in accordance with the terms valid for PhD position at the Technical University of Denmark. We also offer interesting and challenging jobs in an international atmosphere. We believe that diversity is valuable and therefore we encourage everyone to apply, irrespective of sex and ethnic background.

You can send your application and CV by E-mail to:

Jesper Glückstad, PhD., DSc.

Professor

DTU Fotonik, Dept. of Photonics Engineering

Technical University of Denmark
Ørsteds Plads, Bygning 343, rum 032

DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

Tel: +45 4525 3612

E-mail: jekr@fotonik.dtu.dk

 


If you are interested in joining for a Master's Project, kindly send us your application and CV.  Possible projects are on:

  • Software development for our 3D optical micromanipulation system
  • Applications of our optical micromanipulation systems in cell biology, colloid science and microfluidics

You can send your application/project proposal and CV by E-mail to:

Jesper Glückstad, PhD., DSc.
Professor

DTU Fotonik, Dept. of Photonics Engineering

Technical University of Denmark
Ørsteds Plads, Bygning 343, rum 032

DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

Tel: +45 4525 3612

E-mail: jekr@fotonik.dtu.dk

 


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