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Reference number: D070/2018, Material science, engineering, microsystems technologies, physics

Master thesis project: Development of flexible and stretchable metal films on polymer substrates

At the Institute of Bioelectronics (ICS-8) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, physicists, chemists, biologists, and engineers perform joint research on the scientific principles of the functional link between biological components and electronic components. This collaboration has led to the development of platforms for microfluidics, micro- and nano-patterning, and electronic biosensors. These technologies are not only developed to understand biological processes, but also pave the way for their application in sensor technology and diagnostics. With the advertised position we are planning to strengthen our research efforts to understand the biophysics of neuronal information processing.

Job Description:
One research field in our institute is the fabrication of flexible and penetrating neural probes designed for in vivo extracellular recordings of neuronal activity. However, a number of challenges have to be overcome before the intended application becomes feasible. One important issue is that in spite of the flexibility of the substrate and passivation of the probe, the employed conductive layer of the electrode array still remains rigid, resulting in adhesion problems and crack formation. Therefore in the proposed project different approaches should be tested to make the conductive layer more flexible and stretchable. One of the most recent approaches is the use of different geometrical constructions such as mesh or serpentine structures. Moreover, other attempts comprise the use of micro-cracked metal layers or metal nanostraws/nanowires. Within this project, these different approaches should be tested on the polymers primarily employed in the institute such as PDMS, polyimide and parylene to fabricate flexible neuronal probes.

Your Profile:

  • Very good academic records in material science, engineering, microsystems technologies, physics or similar
  • Cleanroom experience
  • Ability to communicate with scientist and technicians from various disciplines
  • Well-structured and systematic research approach
  • Independency
  • Passion for science

What We Offer:

  • Multifaceted work in an interdisciplinary and international setting, as well as a cooperative work environment;
  • Fantastic research equipment facilities;
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich located close to the interface between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany and with strong links to the ABCD Region (Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf) which is one of the leading high-tech regions in Europe.

If you are interested, please, send your CV and academic transcripts to Prof. Andreas Offenhäusser (e-mail: For further information please contact Prof. Offenhäusser or visit our website at

Prof. Andreas Offenhäusser
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Institute of Bioelectronics (ICS-8)







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