Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Postdoc in Microfluidic High-Speed Cell Staining

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

Staining of cells is central for analysis of for instance blood cells. In this Innovation fund project, we seek robust and commercially viable solutions to stain blood cell very fast in a fully automated fashion. The lab automation will be obtained via microfluidics in order to minimize time of interaction between the cells and the staining solution. As the target tissue is blood, sample preparation such as lysis of red blood cell is going to be included in the solution.

We expect to do the system level prototyping using 3D printed pumps, valves and fluidics chips controlled by a user-friendly software. We are looking for generic solutions for microfluidic lab automation that can directly be used to automate cell staining as well as complicated assays such as in situ hybridisations and digital ELISA. The solution will be interfaced with optical sensor systems in order to detect the stained cells.

The two-year postdoc is part of an Innovation Fund project. The partners are Radiometer, Technical University of Denmark (Department of Health Technology) and Hospital of North Zeeland. It is expected that the successful candidate has excellent collaborative skills and have the ability to work in a dynamic group environment.

Responsibilities and tasks
The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of the microfluidics prototype to stain cell rapidly. This include:

  • Construct of a generic microfluidics actuation and control system.
  • Work with patient samples and to culture model cell lines in order to have timely supply of test materials.
  • Fulfil milestones and deliverables in a timely manner to support the overall project.
  • Spread successful microfluidics solutions through collaborations within the consortia and through research networks.

Candidates must have a PhD within the field of microfluidics, preferably including 3D printing and cell handling and optical analysis. Skills to control and program stepper motors are desirable. Cell culture experience is preferable but not a requirement.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 2 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Martin Dufva, tel.: +45 5133 3753.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 24 May 2019 (local time).

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Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Health Tech engages in research, education, and innovation base on technical and natural science for the healthcare sector. The Healthcare sector is a globally expanding market with demands for the most advanced technological solutions. DTU Health Tech creates the foundation for companies to develop new and innovative services and products which benefit people and create value for society. DTU Health Techs expertise spans from imaging and biosensor techniques, across digital health and biological modelling, to biopharma technologies.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

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