PhD Scholarship in Micro and Nanotechnology for Biomolecular Sequencing

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden is offering PhD position in analytical chemistry. The funds for this fellowship are available for two years. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before January 09, 2019.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe's leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden's largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

Novel nanogap based platform for biomolecule decoding

Next-generation DNA sequencing approaches are vital for enabling fast and inexpensive sequencing of the genome of individual patients. However, current sequencing techniques are still too slow and expensive for sequencing genomes for healthcare practice on a large scale. There is also a need to expand high throughput analytics of clinical samples beyond DNA and identify native RNA as well as peptide sequences. This doctoral project is a part of a consortium at KTH, with an interdisciplinary expertise in nanofabrication, microfluidics, signal processing, gene technology and clinical biomarkers. The aim of the consortium is to develop a novel high-throughput biomolecule decoding platform using electron tunneling detection, so-called quantum sequencing, based on new types of nanogap electrode and nanopore devices. The specific aims of this doctoral project will be to develop new routes to develop the surface chemistry of nanogaps to optimize the sequencing readout. Initial experiments will be done with synthesized biomolecules, mostly DNA, in combination with molecular biology amplification tools such as rolling-circle amplification. Later in the doctoral project specific aims will include categorizing clinically relevant biomarkers in cancer and neurobiology and develop the sequencing platform to allow for their identification. The nano-device surface modification and characterization, which will be done in the state-of-the-art cleanrooms and molecular biology labs at KTH (Albanova Nanofab, Electrum Laboratory and SciLifeLab).

In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work.

The successful applicant is expected to hold a M.Sc. degree in engineering physics, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, material science, or a corresponding degree from a major university. Specializations in micro and nanosystem technology, surface science, bioanalytical methods and bioinformatics.

Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Apply for the position and admission through KTH’s recruitment system. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/entral European Summer Time).


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