Postdoctoral Researcher (SUSNANO) - Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors
The mission of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
(ICN2) is to achieve the highest level of scientific and technological
excellence in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Its research lines focus on the
newly-discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behavior
of matter at the nanoscale. ICN2 has been awarded with the Severo Ochoa Center
of Excellence distinction for two consecutive periods (2014-2018 and
2018-2022). ICN2 comprises 19 Research Groups, 7 Technical Development and
Support Units and Facilities, and 2 Research Platforms, covering different
areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher (SUSNANO)
Research area or group: Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group
Description of Group/Project :
The Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Nanobioelectronics and Biosensors Group
at ICN2 is focused on the discovery and technological development of cutting-
edge nanotechnology towards diagnostics, food and safety and environmental
applications. The group exploits phenomena that occur at the nanoscale in
order to generate simple and novel biosensing platforms. They hold a wide
expertise in cells, pathogens, DNA, proteins and small molecules detection
using both optical and electrochemical approaches.
The main objective of Merkoçi group is to design nanotech devices that can be
used even by non-professional people for fast diagnostic at home or doctor's
office, control of food quality, safety and security applications where either
an emergency exists or an alternative method toward the sophisticated and
expensive laboratory instrumentation is being required.
Main Tasks and responsibilities:
The researcher will work in the framework of the european project "Twinning to
boost the scientific and innovation capacity of the Universiteti i Tiranes to
develop sustainable nanosensors for water pollution detection (SUSNANO) and
will be responsible for carrying out the tasks of the research project, as
well as tasks related to the exchange of knowledge between researchers in the
consortium. Specifically, the research part of the project will focus on the
detection of pollutants in water (e.g., heavy metals, antibiotics,
pesticides) developing new sensors and electrochemical devices that allow
their use at the point of interest. These sensors will be fabricated with
graphene-related nanomaterials using inkjet, stamping and screen-printing
techniques. Additionally, the researcher is expected to be in constant
communication with the other partners in the consortium, write annual reports
and organize meetings to show and discuss the results obtained.
PhD on Materials Science, Chemistry, Biotechnology, or related disciplines
Knowledge and professional experience
Demonstrable previous experience in electrochemical sensing/biosensing (CV,
DPV, SWV, EIS, etc.), electrodes functionalization, synthesis, post-
treatment, optimization and characterization of carbon-based nanomaterials
(e.g., graphene derivatives, graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide).
Basic electronic engineering and programing capabilities are highly desired.
High level in English
Ability to work with deadlines, Ability to be creative, proactive in research
ideas and activities, excellent communication skills and ability to work
within a research group including collaboration with other international
Summary of conditions:
Full time work (37,5h/week)
Contract Length: Permanent, contract linked to scientific
and technical activities (Contrato indefinido de actividades científico-
Salary will depend on qualifications and demonstrated experience.
Support to the relocation issues.
Estimated Incorporation date: October 2022
Postdoctoral researcher to be hired in the framework of the project "Twinning
to boost the scientific and innovation capacity of the Universiteti i Tiranes
to develop sustainable nanosensors for water pollution detection (SUSNANO)"
(EC contract number 101059266 ).
How to apply:
All applications must be made via the ICN2 website and include the following:
A cover letter.
A full CV including contact details.
2 Reference letters or referee contacts.
Deadline for applications: 28th September 2022
Applications will be continuously reviewed. Shortlisted candidates will be
invited for interview.
ICN2 is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of
people with disabilities.
ICN2 is following the procedure for contract of people with disabilities
according with article 59 of the Royal Decree 1/2015, of 30 of October.