The Institute for Materials Research (IMO) of Hasselt University announces the following position for a (m/f):
PhD student (2×2 years) Nanophotonic detection of electrical signals in neural cells and networks with molecular resolution
This work will be performed within the research group ‘Wide band gap Materials’ of the Institute for Materials Research, University of Hasselt, in the framework of the project BOF – New initiative with a title ‘Nanodiamond particle spin magnetometer en FRET sensors: novel routes towards molecular resolution neuro-network imaging’. The project is carried out in collaboration with the University of Antwerp and international partners.
The candidate will focus his research on the development of novel nanoscopic optical sensing methods using luminescent diamond nanoparticles for contactless readout and communication with neural cells. Emphasis will be put on the physics and manipulation with nanoscale materials, their optical characterization and development of sensing methods with molecular resolution in physiological media. The topic is related to latest developments in neuroscience where optical detection is being used as a contactless tool for monitoring of signals in neural networks such as in the mammalian brain. The biological aspect of this work will be carried out in collaboration with the University of Antwerp and applied to neural cells in vitro and in vivo, leading to novel highly sensitive neural detection probes. The candidate has access to state-of-the-art techniques and will work within a stimulating and multidisciplinary environment.
Profile and diploma
Master degree (or equivalent) in physics, biomedical sciences, materials science, nanotechnology, electronic engineering, or physical chemistry. A background in the field of optical detection method, solid state physics or bioelectronics will be considered a plus.
- Content job responsibilities:
- Prof. dr. Milos Nesladek, +32-11–26 88 33, [email protected]
- Prof. dr. Ken Hanen, +32-11-2688 75, [email protected]
- Prof. dr. Marc D’Olieslaeger, +32-11–26 88 15, [email protected]
- Content terms of employment and selection procedure: Yves Soen, 011-26 80 85, [email protected]
Applicants must use the official application forms. Please add a copy of your diploma, a list of courses and your results per course. Without these we cannot evaluate your application.
- can be downloaded here: Official Website. and sent by e-mail to: [email protected]
- or are available at the Rectoraat of Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, Agoralaan – building D, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium), phone +32 – 11 – 26 80 10
The completed application forms must reach the above mentioned address no later than April 4th 2011.
Application by e-mail will only be taken into consideration when sent to the following address: [email protected].
Application Deadline : 4 April 2011
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