Research Assistant / PhD / Postdoc in Bio-Microfluidics
The Biorheology Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering at Cyprus University of Technology’s, is looking for an enthusiastic and strongly motivated researcher to join the team, and work for on a project concerning the development of a microfluidics-based device for the monitoring of inflammation and coagulation in blood.
Period of employment: up to 22 months
Starting Date: March 2020 (flexible)
Salary: Depending on position, qualifications and employment period
Project: Device development for inflammation and coagulation monitoring.
Inflammation and coagulation in blood cause various health problems and complications. Various biomarkers have been identified and clinical tests have been developed to detect and monitor those conditions, which affect the flow and the microstructural properties of blood through different mechanisms. In this project alterations in the flow behaviour and microstructure of blood in the microscale, as a result of elevated inflammation and coagulation, will be investigated using experimental Fluid Mechanics, and Microfluidics techniques, in conjunction with Image Processing techniques and Rheometry. The project will focus on applying the developed techniques and methods on a Point-of-Care device for the monitoring of inflammation and coagulation.
Qualifications. Applicants must have an Undergraduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering, or in a related field, and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, or in a closely related field. Preferably the candidate shall have completed an experimental Masters project, relevant to the scientific field of the present project. A PhD in engineering (awarded or recently submitted), or in other relevant discipline, is a significant advantage.
Experience. The candidate should have experience in experimental microfluidics/biomicrofluidics studies (experience in microscopy, image processing and velocimetry techniques is essential). Participation in experimental fluid mechanics/rheology projects involving blood, or other biofluid, handling and treatment, is a significant advantage. Experience in micro-analytical systems, microfabrication, etc., is also an advantage.
Role. The successful candidate will work on the development of the microfluidic part of the system, the control of the flow, and the extraction of information from the microfluidics platform. The candidate will work in interdisciplinary teams, and they will collaborate with industrial and clinical partners to achieve the project aims.
Good oral and written communication skills in English are expected. The candidates should provide a Cover Letter. Cyprus, EU and non-EU nationals can apply. Informal enquiries and requests for further information can be made to the Research Coordinator, Efstathios Kaliviotis, (Tel 00357 25002289, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).