PhD scholarship in Microfluidic Devices for Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) based Molecular Detection

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This multidisciplinary research project is part of EU Horizon 2020 project titled SERSing: “Advanced Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) based technologies for gas and liquids sensING in the area of chemical protection”. The goal of the SERSing project is to enable fast detection and identification of chemical hazards at low concentrations in gas and liquid phase.

The aim of the PhD project is to develop SERS-microfluidic devices that can be used for sampling of molecules in gas and liquid phase, and subsequently detecting chemical composition using handheld Raman spectrometers. 

The PhD candidate will be a part of the IDUN research group, led by Prof. Anja at DTU Department of Health Technology. IDUN is a large research group with over 40 members, with focus on development of micro and nanosensor sensors, detection systems and drug delivery systems.

In IDUN we have strong competences in Raman spectroscopy and SERS, both theory and instrumentation, and several years of experience in the development of nanopillar-based, high-performance SERS substrates and assays for detection of target analytes in complex matrices (e.g. biological fluids and food samples).

Research field
The PhD student will work in the area of SERS-based molecular detection. Raman spectroscopy is a well-known spectroscopy technique for identifying various molecular species. SERS, on the other hand, is a powerful experimental technique that utilizes plasmonic nanostructures to enhance otherwise very weak Raman scattering signals. This tremendous amplification of the Raman scattering signal enables detection of trace amounts of target molecules. 

Responsibilities and tasks

  • You will design, develop and fabricate new type of SERS substrates.
  • You will design and fabricate SERS-integrated microfluidic devices suitable for gas and liquid sampling and detection using portable, handheld Raman spectrometers.
  • You will test their performance in collaboration with the SERSing project partners.
  • You have the ability to drive the project and achieve ambitious goals.

Candidates should 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 background in some of the following topics: nanoplasmonics, Raman spectroscopy and/or surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), design and fabrication of microfluidic devices, and micro- and nanofabrication techniques. Experience in SERS-based molecular detection and/or centrifugal microfluidics 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.

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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. 

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Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Assoc. Prof. Tomas Rindzevicius,

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Please submit your online application no later than 31 October 2020 (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:

  • 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)

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

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

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

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