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One PhD position in the field of nanomechanical diagnostics of microbial infections (starting October 2017)

Research
The project focuses on label-free bioanalytics and diagnostic studies with MEMS platforms developed in CRANN. The molecular biomarkers of interest are non-coding RNA molecules (miRNA) that are indicative of micro-organism infections in the blood stream. The infection of patients by microorganism can lead to serious complications and can be affected by antibiotic resistance. We detect individual microorganism growing on specific analytical interfaces that reveal antbiotic resistance within minutes. The interaction of the microorganism with its host leads to specific quantities of short non-coding nucleic-acids (miRNA) in the blood stream. We detect these in vitro label-free in serum within minutes using dynamic or static MEMS sensors. We are interested in quantitative information on these biomarkers and in automated data evaluation for clinical analysis. Equipment is state-of-the-art developed in-house with microfluidic systems and controlled by National Instruments and other hard- / and LabVIEW software.

Job description
A doctoral position for a biophysisicst with a background in biology is available by October 2017 in the School of Physics / Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN). Minimum grade to conduct a PhD at Trinity College is 2.1. The interdisciplinary project is fully funded for European candidates by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and is conducted in collaboration with the St. James hospital in Dublin.

Location
Trinity College Dublin - Located in a beautiful campus in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, Trinity is Ireland’s highest ranked university and one of the world’s top 100.  It is home to 17,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across all the major disciplines in the arts and humanities, and in business, law, engineering, science, and health sciences. www.tcd.ie

Requirements
The candidate must have an education in a biological field preferably in microbiology, a physics related education with some exposure to biology is also fine.  He/she is expected to provide experimental expertise and a final year project in a interdisciplinary field. Experience in instrumental programming is a plus. He/she is highly motivated, independent, a ‘team payer’ and has a strong background in interdisciplinary experimental techniques. Excellent verbal, written, and listening skills including demonstrated ability to work well with other people as part of a scientific collaboration and excellent organisational and administrative skills are required.

Applications should include a cover letter with a statement of motivation, a curriculum vitae with a list of publications and the names and contact information of at least three referees. Applications/enquiries should be sent to Martin Hegner

If you are interested, please send your CV, application letter and the name of three referees to:


Prof. Dr. Martin Hegner,
School of Physics / CRANN
Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
E-mail: martin.hegner@tcd.ie
http://www.tcd.ie/Physics/People/Martin.Hegner/