Ph.D Positions in Aarhus University (Aarhus, Europe)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship in DNA nanotechnology at Aarhus University, Denmark. The project will be conducted in the research group of Professor Kurt Vesterager Gothelf at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and Department of Chemistry. The position is available from August 1, 2018.

Research area and project description:

The purpose of the PhD project is to design and explore methods for signal-transfer in and between DNA nanostructures. The candidate will use computer aided design programs to design DNA origami structures and invent DNA-based signal transfer reactions such as e.g. the hybridization chain reaction to transfer signals across the structure. Furthermore, the candidate will design interface mechanisms between the signalling system and sensor and/or actuator modules. The structures will be made by self-assembly of DNA structures and their structure and dynamics will be analysed by the candidate by atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, optical methods and other biophysical techniques.

The position is for 3 years and is funded by the PhD school DNA-Robotics (DNABOT Ga no. 765703), a recently established Innovative Training Network (ITN) under the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions research fellowship programme. DNA-Robotics will foster the development of a new generation of scientists with the skills required to meet futures challenges in bionanotechnology, from fundamental science to novel applications. The PhD study involve 3 months of secondments in total at one or more of the other partner universities in the network.

Qualifications and specific competences:

The successful candidate should have completed a master’s degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, molecular biology, physics, computer science or related disciplines no later than August 1, 2018. The candidate should have laboratory experience within experimental chemistry, biophysics, or molecular biology. Furthermore, the candidate should be interested in and qualified to use software tools for advanced structure design and for making illustrations by 3D rendering. To qualify for funding under the rules of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action, candidates must: i) not have lived in Denmark for more than 12 months in the last 3 years ii) not already possess a PhD degree and iii) be in the first four years of their research career, since, for example, completion of a masters’ degree.

Application procedure and deadlines:

The application procedure contains two steps:

First applicants must send an application containing: a motivation letter, a CV (including date of birth, nationality and a photo), two letters of recommendation, certificates, and transcripts of grades to: . The deadline for the initial application is February 1, 2018.
Secondly, selected candidates will be invited for a 1-2 week visit to the research group of Professor Gothelf at Aarhus University in March/April 2018. The selected candidate, for which funding is secured, will then apply to the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University at May 1, 2018 for enrolment on August 1, 2018.

For further information please contact Professor Kurt Gothelf by email () writing “Position ITN 1” in the subject line, and/or visit the homepage of the research group http://www.Gothelf-lab.com, and the DNA-Robotics network http://www.DNA-robotics.eu. Application material should be sent to .

Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO), Aarhus University:
Aarhus University is a modern, academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 42,500 students and 11,500 employees, and has an annual budget of EUR 840 million. Over the course of the past decade, the university has consolidated its position in the top 100 on the most influential rankings of universities world-wide. Learn more at http://www.au.dk/en

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here: http://ias.au.dk/au-relocation-service/.

Since iNANO was inaugurated in 2002, the center has matured to a leading international nanoscience center with strong track records within education (BSc, MSc, and PhD level), research, technology transfer, collaboration with industry, innovation in the form of SME spin-outs. Read more at http://inano.au.dk/.

Last date: 01.02.2018