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PhD Student on Optoelectrical activation of cardiac autonomic neurons




The Sensing Technology Laboratory of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and the Institute for Biomedicine of Eurac Research are opening a fully funded PhD position on optoelectrical monitoring of autonomic modulation of cardiac cells in a dish and its implications on cardiac behaviors implicated in cardiac and autonomic diseases, for the recruiting of a brilliant young researcher.

By combining cell biology and printed electronics in a radically new way, the PhD project will develop, for the first time, breakthrough printed technologies based on conducting polymers able not only to monitor neuronal and cardiac cells but also to stimulate them, paving the way to theragnostic applications.

These goals require an interdisciplinary investigation into the principles of conducting polymers and their interaction with cell cultures and co-cultures, which have very different and contrasting properties. Traditional cell monitoring and stimulation systems are based on classical cell culture methods and electrophysiology techniques, while conducting polymers are mainly used for electronic and optoelectronic devices. We will combine these two worlds to establish a common ground and pave the way towards a new design space for cell monitoring and stimulation. We will validate it with proof-of-concept technologies, developing novel bio-electronic interfaces through engineered solutions for fundamental biology (cell networking) discoveries and medical applications. The project is profoundly interdisciplinary, merging two fields that have hardly ever interacted before and pushing them well beyond the state of the art; its ambitious science-based technological breakthroughs have the potential to address a wide range of health problems.

The 3-year collaborative research activity will be carried out at both the Sensing Technology Laboratory of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and the Institute for Biomedicine of Eurac Research in Bolzano (Italy) within the PhD Program "Advanced-Systems Engineering". 


More information on the PhD program can be found here.

More information for non-EU citizens living abroad can be found here.   


Requirements:

The candidates are requested to have a Master's Degree either in Engineering (Biomedical, Electronics, Physics, Chemistry, Materials), Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, or Materials Science.

The successful candidate is enthusiastic in tackling challenging studies in a multidisciplinary and visionary field and is naturally interested in applications of newly acquired knowledge. He/she is fluent in English.


How to apply:

Complete applications need to be submitted until 30 June 2021 directly here, explicitly stating the interest for this program and this specific position.

Incomplete applications not strictly adhering to the application guidelines will not be considered.


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