Postdoc Scholarship in Nanopores for Detection of Biomolecules 2017, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Publish Date: Mar 16, 2017

Deadline: Mar 30, 2017

About the scholarship

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. We are Sweden’s largest technical research and learning institution and home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world. Our research and education covers a wide area including natural sciences and all branches of engineering, as well as in architecture, industrial management, urban planning, history and philosophy.

The School of Engineering Sciences carries out a wide range of research at the international front line, from fundamental disciplines such as Physics and Mathematics, to Engineering Mechanics with applications such as Aeronautics and Vehicle Engineering. We also offer university degree programs in Engineering Physics, Vehicle Engineering, and 'Open entrance', as well as a number of international masters programmes.

Project description

The project overall aim is to develop an array of nanopores for parallel translocation and detection of single biomolecules. The array is fabricated from a thin membrane using advanced silicon process technology, including electron-beam lithography, where special techniques are used to achieve nanopores of diameters around 20 nm or below. The translocating molecules are labelled with fluorophores enabling parallel optical read-out using a fast CMOS camera. Studied molecules so far have been double-stranded DNA at different lengths which are prepared in collaboration with the division of Gene Technology at KTH. The successful candidate will be involved both with processing in our Electrum cleanroom laboratory as well as with developing the measurement technology and also by performing the translocation experiments. In addition, physical characterization using photoluminescence, AFM and electron microscopy etc. may be used.


The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in experimental physics or similar degree and demonstrated scientific excellence in published works in scientific journals. Research experience from clean-room processing, measurement technology towards electrical and optical measurements of nano-type devices or sensor technology is central to the position. Previous experience from solid state nanopore research is a major advantage for the selection process. The candidate should have good cooperative abilities, good communication skills and good command of English in writing and speaking as he/she will present research results in top conferences and journals. Applicants must be strongly motivated for postdoctoral studies, possess the ability to work independently and perform critical analysis. The evaluation will be based on the research experience and how well the applicant fulfills the above qualifications.

To be qualified for scholarship you need to have defended your thesis within the last 5 years


Apply to this scholarship by e-mail to are the main responsible to ensure that your application is complete according to the ad.

Your complete application must be received at KTH no later than 2017-03-30.
Mark your application with reference number S-2017-0510.

The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Ph.D. degree and transcripts (translation if original is not in English)
  • Cover letter detailing both your previous scientific work experience and your interest in this position
  • Contact information for three references

Please observe that you apply for a scholarship, not an employment.

About the scholarship

Period: 1 year with possibility for 1 year extension
Extent: Full-time
Amount of scholarship: According to agreement
Location: Kista, Electrum laboratory


Queries concerning the position can be directed to:
Jan Linnros, professor
Phone: +46 8 790 43 70

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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