Postdoc in Optical Manipulation of Nanodiamonds and Sensing in Biological Environments

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We invite applications for a 2-year postdoc position to work at the interface between diamond sensing and cell biology, ideally starting April 1, 2021.  The successful candidate will work in the section for Magnetic Resonance at DTU Health Technology. 

The research is interdisciplinary and part of a 7-year research project “Intracellular mechanics and diamond based sensing” funded by the Danish Research Council and the Novo Nordisk Foundation. A collaboration between researchers at DTU Health Technology and DTU Physics as well as international partners provides the scientific environment. The overall vision of the project is to develop methods that can monitor intracellular life: We will use the quantum mechanical properties of color centers in nanodiamonds to develop sensing protocols that can monitor intracellular temperature and ultimately intracellular NMR. At the same time, these nanodiamonds will be used as probe particles for optical trapping, thereby measuring intracellular viscosity and elasticity. These investigations will be carried out on single biological cells, initially taken from the immune system. 

Responsibilities and tasks
You will play a central role in the initial phase of the 7-year project. You will be main responsible for development of the experimental setup and you will work with other team members on measurements of intracellular mechanical properties and local temperature inside the cell. Your research will be instrumental for our future ability to conduct in-situ, local NMR spectroscopy inside single biological cells.

These contributions require a combination of interests and skills, ranging from optics, data analysis and computer control of an experimental setup to cell biology, microscopy and image analysis. Depending on your prior experience and training needs, we will sharpen your skills and provide you with opportunities to develop as a scientist. You will contribute with solutions and suggestions that can bring the entire research team closer to the overall goals of the project.

You are ambitious; possess a strong internal drive and perseverance as well as a sincere interest in interdisciplinary science. You have demonstrated academic excellence and/or remarkable scientific achievements. You work well both in a group with other team members as well as on your own.

Qualifications
Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent in physics, optics, optical/electrical engineering or a biology-based PhD degree with considerable training and experience in experimental optics and electronics. In addition to that, as an ideal candidate you offer:

  • experience with the construction and operation of advanced experimental setups,
  • experience with programming languages such as Python, LabView and/or Matlab for hardware control and data processing,
  • great self-motivation and the ability to build “things that work”, and
  • experience or interest in cell biology and single cell microscopy.

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 terms of employment
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. 

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Kirstine Berg-Sørensen, tel.: +45 2227 5868. 

You can read more about DTU HealthTech at www.healthtech.dtu.dk/english

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 3 January 2021 (local 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
  • At least two recommendation letters

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered. 

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

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