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PhD Research Fellow in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems

Deadline: 31.12.2020

University of South-Eastern Norway

The University of South-Eastern Norway, USN, is one of Norway’s largest higher education institutions, with around 18,000 students and 1,900 employees across eight different campuses.

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The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences have a vacancy for a position as PhD Research Fellow in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems - Biosensory implants for in vivo real-time measurment of stress indicators

About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a position as PhD Research Fellow in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems.

The position is at the Department of Microsystems and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Campus Vestfold, Horten, Norway. Secondment will also be made to Zimmer & Peacock AS who specialises in electrochemical biosensors.

About the PhD-project

The scholarship will form part of a larger industrial research project conducted in collaboration with local biosensors company Zimmer & Peacock AS. The main goal is to develop an implantable telemetry-unit that is able to track glucose and cortisol in salmon using electrochemical sensors. Both glucose and cortisol act as biomarkers for the identification of stress, and the measurements will be conducted in real time through the transmission of data with acoustic signalling.

The scholarship will focus on one or more of the following fields dependent on the skills profile of the candidate:

  • (extending service lifetimes of the sensors, incl. compensation of aging phenomena of the sensors related to the environment in which the implant is located (e.g. abdominal cavity of fish), and to employ potential interferrents to assess spesificity;
  • packaging of the telemetry module using low temperature processes that will not damage the sensors as well as ensuring good contact with the tissue once implanted;
  • signal processing of data based on a limited transmission capacity (e.g. effective bandwidth of 0.03 bit/s).

The appointment is for a period of three years. The position does not include teaching duties.

Qualifications

Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree or equivalent higher education in one or more of the following subjects: electrochemistry, microfabrication, biosensor technology or equivalent. Proficiency in English is a prerequsite. However, knowledge of Norwegian will be an advantage due to the participation of local industrial collaborators. It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems within three months of appointment. For admission to the Programme a weighted average of grade B or higher is usually required

Co-operation between staff members is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the University of South-Eastern Norway. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realise common objectives.

Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.

We offer

  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan

Salary

PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 482 200 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position.

A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee’s salary.

Other information

The Academic Appointments Board is responsible for appointments to academic positions at University College of Southeast Norway. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews and must be prepared to present and discuss their projects.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post.

According to its human resources policy, the University of South-Eastern Norway targets a balanced gender composition and aims to recruit persons with a background as an immigrant.

The University contributes to the Inkluderingsdugnaden (a voluntary scheme to promote inclusion), and it is our aim that our employees, to the fullest extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the general population. We therefore also encourage qualified applicants with disabilities to apply for the post. The University will facilitate the workplace for employees with disabilities.

Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

Contact information

For more information about the position, please contact:

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact:HR Advisor Kari L. Foss-Pedersen, email: [email protected]

How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
  • Master’s thesis
  • A 1-page description on how you would conduct the proposed research
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application.

The University has been awarded a Charter & Code certificate by the European Commission, and is entitled to use the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo. The University is also a member of the EURAXESS network, which contributes to good working conditions for mobile researchers.

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