Open Position

Senior Researcher in Microfluidics

We are looking for a post-doc to join our team for work in projects with organs on chips. The project is aimed to develop PDMS free chips with integrated sensors focusing on lung on chip and gut on chip. Therefore, a large portion of this work will be done in 650+ m2 ISO9001-accredited cleanroom facilities allowing microfluidic device fabrication. These projects are realized in close collaboration with our partner – Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre http://www.biomed.lu.lv/en/. The candidate to this position will work, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, on a challenging project in the field of microfluidics combined with optical and electronic sensors for lab on chip devices. Organs on chip will be used to test extracellular vesicle as drug delivery vehicles, microgravity and BSL3.

Cellbox Labs (https://www.cellboxlabs.com/) is one of the top biotech startups from Latvia that develops unique organ on chip technology that enables to create more accurate in-vitro models.

Responsibilities
  • Microfluidic device concept design starting from first principles
  • Device fabrication in a cleanroom setting according to the concept designs
  • Integration of TEER and oxygen sensors in organ on a chip devices
  • Identify, procure, or develop test equipment, instrumentation, or facilities for characterization of microfluidic applications
  • Thorough experiment documentation and report preparation
  • Writing scientific publications and present results in international conferences
  • Support, supervision and mentoring of PhD students
  • Work closely together with biology team
Requirements
  • Essential
  • PhD in a field related to use of and fabrication of microfluidic devices and uses of these devices obtained not more than 7 years prior to start of the project
  • Demonstrated expertise in innovative micro- and/or nanofluidics including device design and fabrication
  • Strong research background in microfluidics methods, design, and fabrication
  • Experience of 2D and 3D CAD Design for the generation of designs, ideally Solidworks, AutoCAD, Klayout
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, cross-functional group environment
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments effectively in a quickly evolving environment
  • Must be eligible to work and travel in EU without restrictions
  • Desirable
  • Experience with cell culturing
  • Previous sensor development experience is a plus
Benefits
  • Approximately 4200 € / month gross salary, (50 400 € per year)
  • 4 week/year paid vacation
  • Health insurance
  • Professional and personal development opportunities
  • Teaching opportunities at University of Latvia
Selection process
  • A motivation/application letter
  • A detailed CV including scientific achievements (publications, conference presentations, awards etc.)
  • A photocopy of the candidate’s PhD degree

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity and inclusion at our institute. We encourage applications from all sections of society. Applications will be treated on first come, first served basis.

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