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KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.
Third-cycle subject: Electrical engineering
Nanogap Electrodes for High-Throughput Decoding of Biomolecules (e.g. DNA, Peptides) Using Electron Tunnelling Detection
Next-generation DNA sequencing approaches are vital for enabling fast and inexpensive sequencing of the genome of individual patients. However, current sequencing techniques are still too slow and expensive for sequencing genomes for healthcare practice on a large scale. The objective of this doctoral project is to develop novel nanogap electrode and nanopore devices for a high-throughput DNA sequencing platform using electron tunnelling detection, so-called quantum sequencing. Therefore the PhD student will develop and manufacture electrodes (metal or graphene) separated by nanogaps that are less than 3 nm wide and that are integrated in nanopores, utilizing a new crack-junction methodology that was recently invented by our group. We will perform initial biomolecule detection experiments with already fabricated nanogap electrodes, and at the same time develop new types of nanogap electrode devices that are integrated with nanopores. The work will be done in collaboration with research groups at SciLifeLab in Stockholm with extensive expertise in biomolecule research. The nano-device manufacturing and characterization, which will be done in the state-of-the-art cleanrooms at KTH (Albanova Nanofab and Electrum Laboratory).
What we offer
To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:
The successful applicant is expected to hold a M.Sc. degree in engineering physics, electrical engineering, biochemistry, materials science, photonics, mechanical engineering, or a corresponding degree from a major university. A specialization in micro and nanosystems is an asset.
We are looking for a strongly motivated person, with excellent command of English orally and in writing as well as an excellent academic track record.
Target degree: Doctoral degree
Information regarding admission and employment
Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year and may thereafter be extended. Doctoral students may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.
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Doctoral section (Students’ union on KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
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Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.
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Disclaimer: In case of discrepancy between the Swedish original and the English translation of the job announcement, the Swedish version takes precedence.Type of employment: Temporary position longer than 6 months