PhD scholarship in Small Mechanical Devices for Gut Sampling

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The aim of the PhD project is to explore and develop new technologies and methods for realizing biocompatible polymer-based devices for collecting samples (bacteria and biomarkers) in the gut. Gut sampling is an exciting new field with the potential for exploring local microbiota/biomarker composition and its influence on human health. We have previously worked a lot with so-called micro-containers and will now expand into new designs with added functionalities. The PhD candidate will be a part of the IDUN research center, led by Prof. Anja Boisen at DTU Department of Health Technology. IDUN is a large research center with over 40 members, that focuses on development of micro and nanotechnology based sensors, detection systems and drug delivery devices.

Research field
The PhD student will work in the area of designing and fabricating polymeric devices for gut sampling using technologies such as 3D printing.

Responsibilities and qualifications
You will design, develop and fabricate new types of mechanical devices with added functionalities such as pH triggered geometrical changes. You will explore new fabrication technologies – mainly outside our cleanroom using e.g. embossing and 3D printing. You will test gut sampling device performance in collaboration with IDUN project partners and animal facilities. You have the ability to drive the project and achieve ambitious goals.

The work will be carried out within the framework of the Center of Excellence – IDUN ( In IDUN, our motto is ‘bringing science to life’ and we believe in openness, inclusiveness, having ambitions, making a difference and collaboration.

You will play a role in the drug delivery part of the research section, interacting with several members working in different disciplines, such as biology, microfabrication, pharmaceutical science and polymer science. The project is highly interdisciplinary and we expect that you enjoy teamwork and are good at coordinating you work with your colleagues.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

The ideal candidate has an experimental background in some of the following topics: micro- and nanofabrication techniques, materials – especially polymers and polymer fabrication and mechanical engineering. Experience in computer-aided design, microbiology, drug delivery and/or in vitro models is a plus. If you have another background that fits the project, you are welcome to apply.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. Expected starting date 1 August 2021 – or according to mutual.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from postdocs Nikolaj K. Mandsberg,, Mahdi Gavami, and Prof. Anja Boisen,

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 July 2021 (Danish time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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