Experienced Researcher: Microfluidic cell separator based on dielectrophoresis (ISAS)

Within the European Union Marie Curie Research Training Network (MCRTN) Cellcheck, two Experienced Researcher (ER) positions are available at the Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Sensor and Actuator Systems, Austria. The Cellcheck project focuses on the design and realization of microsystems and microfluidic devices provided with several sensor and analysis functions for cell arrays and suspended cell analysis. It is a cooperation between engineering, biotechnology, medicine and technology groups. We aim at both generic systems, that will find a broad application range, and at a few specific applications. The project runs from 1.4.2007 until 31.3.2011. For the mentioned positions we are seeking highly motivated and enthusiastic scientists who are offered an international environment in Vienna, Austria. The first position (ER1) concerns the investigation of a microfluidic cell separator based on dielectrophoresis. It comprises the realization of a complete system of a chip and holder into which cell mixtures will be pumped, continuously sorted and collected in separate chambers. The second position (ER2) relates to the realization of a microfluidic system in which very small amounts of bacteria in whole blood can be identified and selected. The activities will include fluidic means to address and handle cells, to lyse them, to characterize and analyze them, and the development of fluidic designs and integrated sensors. The above described fluidic systems will be developed and tested in close collaboration with biologists within the network. A state-of-the art cleanroom for the fabrication of microfluidic chips and sensors and design equipment are available in the group. The candidates should come from a European University outside Austria (Marie-Curie eligibility) and should have at least 3 years of experience in micro- or nanofluidic technologies, or integrated sensors. The candidate should be familiar with microfluidic design and fabrication methods. Moreover, the candidate should be interested in interdisciplinary work in the area of sensors/ biology/biotechnology. Any candidate must be able to fluently communicate in English and be willing to work with students or PhD students. The Postdoc's activities will also include project management and acquisition. Both Marie Curie positions are for one year (starting date: April 1, 2010) with the option of extension from other funding sources. The application should contain, 1) A letter of motivation, 2) The applicants CV, 3) The marks (or level of degree, with details ) obtained in the BSc and MSc degree. Applications without these three requirements will not be considered. We are an Equal Opportunities Employer. Female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

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Biological sciences - Biological engineering

Xensor Integration bv
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email vellekoop@tuwien.ac.at

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