AOR-20 Senior Researcher in Electrochemical Nanosensor development – Bio-chemistry
Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term
SFI/DAFM VistaMilk CENTRE:
Tyndall National Institute has a portfolio of other Agri-tech projects including the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine US-Ireland funded project: AgriSense II. In addition, Tyndall is a core partner in the VistaMilk Centre. The Science Foundation Ireland/Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: VistaMilk Centre for innovative Smart precision pasture-based dairying, brings together a number of major Irish research providers to facilitate the development and deployment of new knowledge, new ICT technologies and new decision support tools to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire dairy production chain. To this end, Vistamilk will develop new, and advance existing, electronic monitoring and sensing technologies to transform an already world-class dairy sector into a global leader in sustainable Agri-Tech and also provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for research, education and innovation within this domain.
Tyndall is leading the Smart Sensor Systems hardware development. As one of Europe’s leading ICT institutes, with over 500 people and a capital infrastructure in excess of €250m, Tyndall is now focusing its research in microelectronics and front end sensor development into “making smart things for the Internet of Farm”. We now wish to recruit a senior post-doctoral researcher with a PhD to lead the bio-chemical nansosensor development aspect of this and related projects.
Purpose of the role
Within the MicroNanoSystems Centre (MNS) at Tyndall we are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to formulate and implement projects in the area of nanoscale bio-electrochemistry. We have recently developed new integrated electrochemical nanosensors employing nanowires as sensing elements on-chip and have demonstrated significantly enhanced sensitivity, when compared to the state of the art, for a range of important molecules including: chemical analytes (e.g., explosives & metals) and biochemical analytes (e.g., glucose, dopamine). These new sensors have been sufficiently developed to allow electrochemical-based label-free detection of binding events including antibody-antigen. Recently we have shown label-free immunoassays at single nanoband electrodes and demonstrated real-time detection (time to detection: 15 minutes) of viruses and antibodies in serum. Within this project, we aim to further develop Tyndall’s on-chip nanoelectrode platform to widen its capability to selectively detect different biochemical species including proteins, DNA and antibodies in complex (bio) liquids.
The candidate will co-develop new approaches for bio-chemical modification of sensors, based on organic/inorganic materials, to confer selectivity for detection of disease biomarkers in serum and milk. Using an iterative approach, nanoelectrodes will be chemically modified, characterised and optimised for the multiplexed detection of target species. The work will involve the development of state-of-the-art research methods that involve nanosensor development and fabrication (in collaboration with the nano-fabrication facility at Tyndall) bio-chemical modification of gold or platinum nanoelectrodes using covalent chemical approaches, test, characterisation, evaluation, integration with electronic circuitry (in collaboration with the microelectronic circuit centre of Ireland at Tyndall) field deployment and validation.
In general, researchers at Tyndall are also expected to participate in the full range of activities of the group, contributing to collaborative projects, particularly where their special expertise can make a direct contribution. MNS plays a leading role in the Science Foundation Ireland / Department of Agriculture Food and the VistaMilk Centre which involves close collaboration with industry as well as national and international academic research groups. The candidate is expected to contribute to these collaborations, in particular helping to generate and deliver industry projects which are mainly in the area of sensor development and system validation and test.
The researcher will have additional responsibilities of acting as an Investigator on collaborative or external (e.g. EU) funded projects, where appropriate, and will also be required to initiate and contribute to writing of new proposals and the seeking of new funding opportunities. Researchers are expected, at times, to lead both the technical and project management functions for projects and as such provide process expertise as and when needed to improve the operational functions of the group. The researcher is also expected to contribute to student (e.g. PhD) supervision, and, when required, to take the main supervision role.
The researcher is expected to have a strong track record of achievement and experience in the field (at least 6 years post PhD) of electrochemical sensor development, including experience of working on industrial projects, although not necessarily in a leading role.
This post is an intiail two-year post-doctoral position linked to the funding opportunities of the MNS centre.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Appointment may be made on the IUA Senior Researcher Scale €45,540 - €48,208 pa. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.
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