Postdoctoral and PhD student positions in Electronic Neuropharma at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University
The Laboratory of Organic Electronics (LOE) at Linköping University is hiring multiple postdocs and PhD student to work on the “Electronic Neuropharma” project (e-NeuroPharma).
At the Laboratory of Organic Electronics (LOE) we explore electronic and optical properties of organic semiconductors, biomaterials from the forest, and hybrid organic materials. We share a common interest in utilizing the combination of electronic and ionic charge for use in energy, internet-of-things, healthcare, and biology applications. Our research topics include synthesis, material science, theory and modeling, device physics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and system design. Our activities span the range from basic research to commercialization, the latter carried out in close collaboration with RISE Acreo. LOE currently has ~100 researchers and research students divided into eleven units, each led by a principal investigator. Read more at www.liu.se/loe.
The e-NeuroPharma project aims to address neurological disorders with radically new organic electronic technology. Signaling in the central nervous system (CNS) includes both biochemical fluxes and electrical entities. Neuronal disorders and diseases are typically associated with malfunctioning of one or several of these signaling processes in the CNS. However, today’s therapeutic approaches to combat CNS diseases typically aim at biochemical, i.e., pharmaceutical, methodologies alone. A few examples of intracranial and spinal electrodes are used today, but are only applied to suppress symptoms, not to cure the associated disease.
In the e-NeuroPharma effort, we will develop molecular systems that express both pharmaceutical activity and electrical functionality to provide a new model for combating CNS diseases and disorders. The approach will include applying small molecular systems that self-organize to form electrodes and “device” systems along the relevant structures of the CNS. While in operation, these self-organized systems will express combined electrical and biochemical cues and signals, with the ultimate aim of exploring entirely new pathways to treat CNS diseases and interact with neural systems. We look forward to having you join our team on this challenging and promising journey!
Various positions are currently announced, each contributing to the e-NeuroPharma projectfrom different directions and backgrounds. These include:
- Chemical synthesis of new e-NeuroPharma materials
- Polymerization and self-organization of materials in neural cells and tissue
- Integration and characterization of e-NeuroPharma materials in cell membranes and cell structures
- Development of self-organized devices and circuits in neural cells and tissue
- Investigation of physiological and therapeutic effects of e-NeuroPharma
Development of e-NeuroPharma will be undertaken in close collaboration with research groups at Lund University, the University of Gothenburg, Chalmers University of Technology, and Aix-Marseille University in France. Some activities will thus be carried out at these groups’ facilities.
For further details on the specific duties of PhD students and postdocs at Linköping University, please see the individual job postings at www.liu.se/loe/openings.
Applicants for PhD student positions require a master’s degree in a suitable field. Applicants for postdoc positions required a PhD degree (or equivalent) in a suitable field. For specific suitable fields for each position, please see the individual job postings at www.liu.se/loe/openings.
Previous experience with materials characterization and working within the framework of a multidisciplinary research project is valuable. Research at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics is carried out predominantly in English, so relative fluency is favorable.
September 2019 (preferably) or by agreement
Salaries are based on Linköping University’s Department of Science and Technology’s salary scale.