Open Positions - EUJO-LIMMS

Postdoc Position

The Microsystem Materials Laboratory (MML) of the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg, Germany, has an opening for the position of a Postdoctoral Fellow with the goal of developing novel flexible, high-density neural probes. The candidate will be employed by University of Freiburg, but will mostly work at Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), University of Tokyo in JAPAN. The position may be filled at the earliest possible time and for up to 24 months.

The Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) at the University of Freiburg is the largest academic unit in Germany and among the largest worldwide focusing on research and education in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). With 23 professorships it is home to a scientific and technical staff of over 300. IMTEK´s scope encompasses nearly all technical areas relevant to the interdisciplinary field of MEMS engineering, from its scientific foundations to industrial applications. Roughly 650 students are educated towards their B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Microsystems Engineering and Embedded Systems Engineering, while 150 graduate students work towards the Ph.D. degree. IMTEK´s overall third party funding in 2010 amounted to over 14 M€. Two thirds of the scientific and technical projects involve industrial partners. IMTEK´s Chair for Microsystem Materials (IMTEK-MML), headed by Prof. Oliver Paul, is composed of a scientific and technical team of 12 core members, supported by 12 undergraduate part-time student collaborators and B.Sc. and M.Sc. students working on their theses.

The postdoctoral position will be financed by the EU project EUJO-LIMMS (Europe-Japan Opening of LIMMS (http://www2.cnrs.fr/en/1971.htm)) and aims to promote the collaboration of IMTEK with the Institute of Industrial Science of the University of Tokyo and the LIMMS, the MEMS laboratory set up by the French National Center for Research (CNRS) at the University of Tokyo. The project, which will involve both the MML headed by Prof. O. Paul at IMTEK and the Biohybrid Systems Laboratory headed by Prof. S. Takeuchi at IIS (http://www.hybrid.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/), will benefit strongly from the technological and administrative environment of LIMMS and IIS, where the postdoctoral researcher will spend most of his/her time.

The technical goal of the project is the development of flexible, smart intracortical probes extending the current state of the art by combining the best of the two involved research groups, i.e., CMOS-integrated high-density probes and novel approaches to polymer-based MEMS engineering. Such flexible probes will be able to better accommodate the micromotion of the brain than previous stiffer devices, and will thus reduce the inflammatory response of the surrounding tissue. As a consequence, they will enable to record neural signals with high spatial resolution over extended times. The candidate is expected to be experienced in the design of microsystems and related fabrication technologies. The ability to play in a team and the willingness to adapt to different cultural and technical environments is a must. In line with University of Freiburg’s policy, women applicants with equal qualifications will be given preference.

Candidates are requested to send their application documents (CV, certificates and grades, and references or recommendation letters) in pdf format by email to Prof. O. Paul (paulmailmark.gifimtek.de) or Prof. S. Takeuchi (takeuchimailmark.gifiis.u-tokyo.ac.jp). Please make a statement of motivation in your email.

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