Area of research:
Diploma & Master Thesis
The position is suitable for part-time employment.
Are you interested choreographing the orientation and position of light sensitive microorganisms to unravel their movement patterns and optical properties? In this project, we aim to develop an optoelectronic microfluidic chip that is capable of displacing and trapping bacteria cells using forces generated by electric fields. The trapped cells will then be investigated using optical waveguides under a microscopic platform.
The specific tasks within the project will be: (i) design and simulation using COMSOL of devices; (ii) cell handling and testing; (iii) fabrication and microscopic testing of cells in microfluidic chambers; (iv) design and fabrication of optoelectronics circuit boards.
You will be integrated in a larger team within the SPA-Lab. Within this project, you will use the infrastructure existent at the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT), i.e., microfabrication facilities and micro-characterization equipment. This is a complete project, offering the possibility to fabricate and test the devices, giving you the opportunity to co-author conference and/or journal publications.
Further information on the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT): www.imt.kit.edu
This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organisation.