PhD fellowship in Micro and Nanofabrication for Neurobiology

Applicants are invited to apply for PhD scholarship in medicine at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. This scholarship is available for all students around the world. Applications are invited up to May 2015.

The PhD position is for 3.5 years including a total of 30 credits from NTNU 's PhD courses. For regulations concerning the PhD-degree at NTNU, please see: The PhD position is part of start-up projects in designing, making and testing of microfluidic devices and electrophysiological reading of designer neuronal cell networks, neurons-on-a-chip. More specifically the PhD student will design and fabricate in PDMS microchannels and/or biofunctionalized gold-on-glass patterns to study cellular assemblies, neuron-bundle function and axonal outgrowth to enable creation of functional neuronal cell circuits and study neuronal plasticity. At later stages it is expected that these designer neuronal cell networks will be monitored on microelectrode arrays (MEAs).
Depending on qualifications and academic background, PhD candidates at the Faculty of Medicine will be remunerated at wage levels 50-58 on the Norwegian State salary scale, with gross salary from NOK 429 400 – NOK 491 100a year, of which 2% is deducted for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. A yearly amount for operating costs will be added. The appointment will be made in accordance with current regulations and supplementary rules with guidelines for employment as PhD candidate appointments at universities and university colleges.
Application Requirements
The successful applicant is expected to work independently in the cleanroom and with biological testing of devices in close collaboration and communication with biomedical research environments. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to have a 6-12 month research stay at a collaborating laboratory abroad. The applicant must start in the position at the latest September 2015. A strong background in microfabrication for life science is recommended. Candidates with a strong background in microsystems for neurobiology will be preferred. For this position the applicants must have:
- A master's degree or equivalent education, submitted no later than May 2015. The academic record must have a weighted average grade of B or higher, in accordance with NTNU's grading system.
- Training with relevance to this project.
- Experience in microfabrication, microsystems, or nanotechnology for life sciences, ideally with experience with microfluidics, mammalian cell biology (neurobiology), cell culture, electrophysiology and microscopy Emphasis will also be placed on.
- The candidates' motivation for the position.
- Documented ability to work independently and as a team player.
- The ability to communicate and give oral and written presentations in English.
- A successful applicant is highly competent, flexible and an ambitious person
How to apply?
The application should contain the following attachments:
- Applicants' CV (including list of publications, relevant former positions and copy of relevant transcripts and diplomas).
- Short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher.
- Contact information for two references (including email addresses and telephone number).
- Other relevant information Applicants are asked to apply via
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