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1 Postdoc position in Nanotribology of Biomacromolecules by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

Applications are invited for 1 Postdoc position to carry out nanotribological researches of biomacromolecules, in particular mucin and mucus gels, by means of atomic force microscopy, at the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MEK), Technical University of Denmark (DTU). A primary qualification for a successful candidate is profound experience and knowledge in experimental nanotribology by means of atomic force microcopy (AFM). Interests and experiences with various aspects of soft matter or with general tribology subjects are also desirable for the successful performance at this post. The project is conducted primarily in the Division of Materials and Surface Engineering (MTU), Department of Mechanical Engineering (MEK), and yet active collaboration with several research groups at or outside DTU is expected. This project is fully funded by a Starting Grant 2010 from the European Research Council (ERC).

Description of the project and the research group
The overall aim of the project is to establish the knowledge on the fundamental biotribological properties of mucins and mucus gels originated from various animal organs, and to correlate them with their structural, compositional, biochemical, and surface/interfacial properties. A specific duty required from the candidate is to carry out nanotribological researches on mucin and mucus gels with AFM. The group is equipped with 2 commercial atomic force microscopes, as well as pin-on-disk tribometer and mini-traction machine (MTM) as macroscopic tribological research tools. In addition, circular dichroism/fluorescence spectrometer is available for protein conformation studies, and optical waveguide light-mode spectroscopy (OWLS) is routinely employed for surface adsorption studies. Well defined mucin samples are presently available through optimal purification of commercially available mucins through the collaboration with Enzyme and Protein Chemistry (EPC) group in the Department of Systems Biology at DTU. More diverse resources of mucins/mucus gels are to be expected in near future.

Preferable project start earliest possible in 2013.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) and have expertise in nanotribology by means of atomic force microscopy.

In addition, it is further advantageous if the candidate has

  • Interests and experiences in various aspects of biomacromolecules
  • Interests and experiences in surface analytical studies for soft matter
  • Ability to work independently, yet to work harmoniously in a team for multidisciplinary project
  • Good communication skills in English, both in written and spoken

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be 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 initially 2 years, but is possible to extend upon mutual interests and agreement.

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Dr. Seunghwan Lee, DTU Mechanical Engineering,, tel.: +45 4525 2193.

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Application procedure
We must have your online application by the 15th of December 2012. But, earlier application is encouraged; the interview will start as soon as competitive application is received.

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)
  • CV
  • Diploma
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering, Energetics, Solid Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Control and Engineering Design, Hydrodynamics, Structural Engineering and Materials. It has a scientific staff of about 100 persons, 85 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of 75 persons.

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