JSPS Postdoctoral fellowship: "SPISE" – Self-Powered Intelligent Swarm Electronics  (To develop flexible, disposal Point-of-care & Environmental monitoring Biosensors, Specially )


A 2 year JSPS postdoctoral position opens at LIMMS, Tokyo from April 1, 2017

Application deadline : August 28, 2016

Details on ABG website

LIMMS (Laboratory for Integrated Micro Mechatronic Systems) is an international laboratory between the French CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo, located in Komaba, Tokyo. LIMMS has more than 20 years of experience in international cooperative research and has welcomed more than 160 researchers from France and Europe.

LIMMS opens a new postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Beomjoon Kim Lab. (Micro Component & Systems)

Principal investigator and his colleague at the Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo are interested in exploring the challenges and opportunities to build smart nanosystems and integrate nanoscale components in micro sensors, in particular for environment, bio-sensing, through both bottom-up and top-down approaches. We focus on interdisciplinary research about local “bottom-up” surface modification using functional self-assembled monolayers and “top-down” approaches for micro/nano patterning technologies. Based on these studies on nano/micro components systems for the fabrication of novel nano devices, we investigate to develop various micro sensors for biological applications, health care as well as environmental monitoring. 
In 2012, a novel energy harvesting approach was proposed and named TENG (Triboelectric Nano Generator), which is based on the combination of electrification effect and electrostatic induction. Due to remarkable properties, such as high-performance and the use of environmentally friendly materials, TENG has raised increasing interest. Several techniques have been developed to enhance the power density, including structural optimization, operation mechanism, surface texturing and hybrid TENG. Recently, a power density of up to a 19 mW/cm2 has been reached with an output power larger than 1.5 W. Herein, we propose a very simple and cost-efficient approach to fabricate high-performance TENG based on paper and graphite pencil. On the other hands, we propose a novel device, which can utilize ambient vibration with wideband and low frequencies. As the power sources of wireless sensors, batteries are mainly utilized until now. These days, devices of energy harvesting become more focused. Energy harvesting is a methodology of scavenging power from ambient energy sources such as solar, thermal and vibration without the need for batteries. Due to high stiffness of piezo electric energy harvesters, resonant frequency of the piezo electric energy harvesters tends to be much higher than ambient vibrational frequency. To solve these problems, the proposed energy-harvesting device is to utilize a stochastic resonance. 
The laboratory is well equipped with the apparatus for Si-based MEMS Cleanroom, Bio experiment room as well as the full-set of PDMS-based softlithography processes.

Period of Postdoctoral Position:
Two years starting from April. 1, 2017〜 

Paid equivalent to the JSPS Postdoctoral position

Candidates profile:

Candidates are expected to be skillful in microfluidics or micro/nano device fabrication, and have much interest in novel development of practical Point-of-Care infectious disease’ diagnostic device, or environmental sensing. A challenging sprit would help a lot for tackling into this interdisciplinary and cutting-edge research area.