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PhD position in Neuroelectronics

Advertising institute: ICS-8 - Bioelectronics
Reference number: D114/2017, Physics, chemistry, or engineering

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 difference inside the communication between a very simple and easy 2D cell culture system and the far more complex 3D cell growth in tissue.

Job Description:
The focus of this research project is the development of 3D electrodes to facilitate insight into the complexity of in vitro 3D cell culture systems based on alginates. Planar microelectrode arrays (MEAs) are the current standard for a variety of functional implants (e.g. cortex, retina). Here, the aim is to extend the current standard to a flexible chip-based 3D (2.5D) system in order to overcome the restrains of planar electronics. Our class 10 cleanroom facility (Helmholtz Nanoelectronics Facility, HNF) will be used to fabricate and characterize the devices. The developed chip should be able to record cell-cell communication inside a single culture and between two or more independent and connected systems. Within this PhD project, the candidate is expected to fabricate and characterize different approaches of flexible MEA electrodes and evaluate these with respect to their ability to interface 3D cell cultures.

Your Profile:

  • University degree in physics, chemistry, or engineering
  • Ability to communicate with scientist and technicians from various disciplines and nationalities
  • Well-structured and systematic research approach
  • Prior experiences in scientific publishing (during the university study or industry employment) are of advantage.

What We Offer:

Multifaceted work in an interdisciplinary and international setting, as well as a cooperative work environment
High-tech facility and team with strong expertise in the interfacing of cells and modification of the chip characteristics
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.

Please prepare all the necessary documents (cover letter, CV, Master's certificate, table of records) and submit your application to Prof. Andreas Offenhäusser (e-mail: For further information please contact Prof. Offenhäusser or visit our website at