AOR-30 – Post doctoral Researcher On-chip Immunoassay Development
Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term
Tyndall is leading the Smart Sensor Systems hardware development. As one of Europe’s leading ICT institutes, with over 600 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”.
Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral research position within the Nanotechnology Group at the Tyndall National Institute – University College Cork. The position is initially for two years with potential for extension pending further funding. 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., pesticides) and biochemicals 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 nanobands and demonstrated real-time detection (time to detection: 15 minutes) of viruses and antibodies in serum.
The candidate will develop new approaches for bio-chemical modification of sensors, based on organic/inorganic materials, to confer selectivity for detection of biomarkers in various environmental samples. 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.
Key Duties and Responsibilities include
The post is available for a period of 24 months initially and is potentially extendable beyond this time frame subject to successful funding applications.
Appointment may be made on the IUA Scale for Post-Doctoral Researchers €41,207-€47,477 pa. Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.
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