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Postdoc position in Development of Micro-Nano-Bio Systems for Fast Sepsis Diagnosis

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Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

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The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Food) conducts cross-disciplinary research on public health in relation to nutrition, food safety, environment and health. Activities include research, risk assessments, advisory to Danish, EU and international authorities and industry of food products throughout the food chain -from farm to table and the impact on human health. The institute monitors national food consumption patterns and food safety, and diagnostic services. The Laboratory of Applied Micro and Nanotech (LAMINATE) at DTU-Food invite applications for a Postdoc fellowship positions to develop advanced micro-nano-bio systems for fast sepsis diagnosis.

Background
The candidate will work for SMARTDIAGNOS an EU newly funded project under Horizon 2020 framework programme. It involves ten partners from five European countries.
Sepsis is a big public health issue not only in the EU but also worldwide because of its high incidence, mortality and economic cost. Sepsis diagnosis remains one of the greatest clinical challenges in critical care. The SMARTDIAGNOS aims at advancing sepsis diagnosis by simplifying the current clinical analysis methods and integrating the numerous steps, including sample preparation, DNA amplification and optical detection, into a single plastic cartridge that will be inserted in an instrument. A number of cutting-edge micro-nano-bio and bio-photonic technologies will be developed. The intended diagnostic tool will enable fast and accurate identification of sepsis-related pathogens and their antibiotic resistance profiles, so that effective antimicrobial therapy can be initiated.

Responsibilities and tasks
The main task of the position is to cover the biological aspects. The work includes: (1) development of new sample concentration method to capture pathogens directly from blood; (2) development of multiplexed PCR or other amplification technologies for identification of a large-panel of pathogens and the relevant antibiotic resistance profiles; (3) implementation of the develop assays on lab-on-a-chip platform; (4) collaboration with other partners on system integration and evaluation using biological samples.

Qualifications
The successful applicant for the postdoc position should have a background (PhD degree or equivalent) in Molecular Biology or related disciplines, with a strong background in sample preparation and molecular techniques that includes: PCR, RT-PCR and other amplification, Immuno-based (applied antigen/antibodies/ aptamer) for sample purification and concentration. Experiences with microarray, immuno-based, aptamer and lab-on-a-chip systems will be considered as an advantage. The candidate should demonstrate evidence of self-driven and independent prior research productivity, excellent collaboration and communication skills, an interest in working in an interdisciplinary research environment, and a strong motivation to succeed within a competitive research field.

Approval, Enrolment and Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by an assessment committee chaired by Prof. Dang Duong Bang. All applications will be reviewed to generate a short list of candidates. Potential candidates will be contacted for interview.

We offer
We offer an exciting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research and innovation. There are good possibilities for professional and personal growth. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world. DTU Food and DTU offer state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for all parts of the project.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment of the postdoc position is based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The period of employment is 2 years with the possibility for a 2-year extension (total 4 years).

The start date of the positions is February 1st 2016. The positions will be based at the DTU Food Institute at Møkhøj Bygade 19, Søborg, Denmark.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Dang Duong Bang (+45) 35 88 73 82 (office) or (+ 45) 22 82 23 18 (mobile); e-mail: ddba@food.dtu.dk .

You can read more about DTU Food on <a href='javascript:openLinkWindow("http://www.food.dtu.dk")' "="" data-cke-saved-href='javascript:openLinkWindow("http://www.food.dtu.dk")'>www.food.dtu.dk.

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 15 November 2015.

Applications must be submitted as one pdf file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one pdf file. The file must include:
•Application (cover letter)
stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project. Curriculum vitae including relevant information on previous employment, research training, experience and competencies, teaching experience, scientific publications, conference presentations and list of personal references
•CV
•Diploma (an official translation into English)
•List of publications

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

The National Food Institute (DTU Food) is a research institute at the DTU with approx. 270 employees. The Institute consists of six divisions: Food Chemistry, Industrial Food Research, Nutrition, Food Microbiology and Production, Epidemiology & Microbial Genomics, and Toxicology & Risk Assessment. The Institute focuses on public health in relation to nutrition, food safety, environment and health. Activities include research, risk assessments, advisory to Danish, EU and international authorities and industry of food products throughout the food chain -from farm to table and the impact on human health. The institute monitors national food consumption patterns and food safety, and diagnostic services.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,300 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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