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Postdoc in Microfabrication of Soft Neural Interfaces



Postdoc in Microfabrication of Soft Neural Interfaces

LINKÖPING UNIVERSITY
Hereby advertises a position as
Postdoc in Applied Physics
formally based at the Department of Science and Technology, Campus Norrköping.

Research area
The postdoc will work in the Soft Electronics group at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics (LOE). Within the Soft Electronics group we develop composite materials, design concepts and devices for soft and deformable electronic systems. Areas of special interest are bioelectronics and neural interfaces, stretchable (semi)conductors, energy harvesting/storage, and actuators. Many of our projects are based on national and international collaborations including a variety of competences. Read more at: www.liu.se/soft-electronics

At the Laboratory of Organic Electronics (LOE) we explore electronic and optical properties of organic semiconductors, biomaterials from the forest, and hybrid organic materials. We share a common interest in utilizing the combination of electronic and ionic charge for use in healthcare and biology applications, energy, and the internet-of-things. Our research topics include synthesis, material science, theory and modeling, device physics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and system design. Our activities span the range from basic research to commercialization, the latter carried out in close collaboration with the institute RISE. LOE currently has ~150 researchers and research students divided into eleven units, each led by a principal investigator. Read more at www.liu.se/loe

Duties
A Postdoc will essentially carry out research. The position may also involve teaching, but during no more than a fifth of the work time.
The postdoc will develop a novel neural interface technology based on soft and deformable conductors and functional materials. A new concept around self-inserting neural interfaces will be explored to find novel solutions for integrating soft electronics into tissue. The research will include materials and devices based on soft and elastic electronic composite materials to facilitate close integration with neural tissue and thereby enabling the translation between biological and electronic signals. Typical composite materials comprise metallic nanomaterials and soft elastomers. The research will include processing of materials and components in a cleanroom facility, together with the characterization of electrical/mechanical material properties and device performance. Applications of the developed technology will be explored in collaboration with external partners.
As a postdoc you are expected to assist in the leadership of the scientific work within your area and to guide students. Responsibilities can increase in relation to demonstrated abilities.

Qualifications
The position requires a doctorate degree or a foreign degree that is equivalent to a doctorate. The doctorate degree shall have been obtained no longer than three years before the expiration date of the application.
A suitable background for this position is a PhD in materials science, applied physics, electrical engineering, biotechnology, or a related field. Microfabrication experience is a merit. Desirable personal skills and traits for the position are highly motivated, ambitious, problem solving skills and teamwork ability. Research at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics is carried out predominantly in English, so relative fluency is favorable.

Appointment time
A Postdoc is appointed for two years.

Starting date
Autumn 2020 by agreement.

Salary
The University applies individual salary scales adapted to the experience of the employee and to the labor market.

Application procedure
Apply for the position at https://liu.se/en/work-at-liu/vacancies?rmpage=job&rmjob=13825&rmlang=UK. Your application must be received at latest 2020-06-14. Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

Contact persons
Dr. Klas Tybrandt, Senior lecturer and unit manager, , +46736617736
Annelie Westerberg, HR partner, , +4611363450

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