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Master Thesis - Light-driven multielectrode array (MEA) for dynamic neuroelectric stimulation and sensing


At the Institute of Biological Information Processing (IBI-3) of the Forschungszentrum Jülich, physicists, chemists, biologists, and engineers perform joint research on multidisciplinary projects from electronic devices to biological applications. This collaboration has led to great development of electronic devices in microfluidics, micro-/nano-patterning, biosensors, neural implants and neural interface. This project will focus on creating active stimulating-sensing devices to understand and record neuron behavior by integrating light-driven materials with mutielectrodes arrays (MEA). Dynamic devices will be fabricated by photo/E-Beam lithography, their dynamic response in morphology and mechanical properties will be evaluated by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Immunostaining in related proteins expression will be applied to understand neuron adhesion, mobility and mechanical sensitivity dynamically. This project will enhance current knowledge in biohybrid neuroelectrics towards a dynamic stimulating-sensing system.

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Your Job:

  • You do research on light-driven materials and conductive polymers
  • You work micro-nano fabrication in cleanroom
  • You carry out related characterization with AFM/Confocal laser microscope/SEM
  • You work on cellular experiments
  • You analyze and evaluate scientific data statistically
  • Communicate with internal and external as well as national and international project partners
  • You record all project notes in time

Your Profile:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the field of Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or comparable course of study
  • Previous knowledge in polymer biomaterials, nanofabrication, neuroengineering
  • Previous experience in cellular evaluation is desirable
  • Knowledge in bioinformation process with Python, MATLAB, or related software is a plus
  • Interest in light-responsive materials, neuroelectronics, neural interface
  • Willingness to familiarize yourself with new methods, technologies and environment
  • Fluent English in writing and speaking
  • Interest in bioelectronics and optical technologies
  • High degree of independence, motivation and reliability / independent and analytical working style
  • Very reliable and conscientious style of working
  • Excellent ability to cooperate and work in a team
  • Solid fundament in mathematics and physics

Please feel free to apply for the position even if you do not have all the required skills and knowledge. We may be able to teach you missing skills during your induction.

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • An interesting and socially relevant topic for your thesis with future-oriented themes
  • Ideal conditions for gaining practical experience alongside your studies
  • An interdisciplinary collaboration on projects in an international, committed and collegial team
  • Excellent technical equipment and the newest technology
  • Qualified support through your scientific colleagues
  • The chance to independently prepare and work on your tasks
  • Flexible working hours as well as a reasonable remuneration
  • The possibility of flexible working location, e.g. home office

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

We look forward to receiving your application. The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible.

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Last Modified: 12.06.2024