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PhD Thesis: Microsensor-integrated organ-on-chip systems
Employer: NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen
Location: Reutlingen, Germany
Employment Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Description:

The NMI is involved in application-oriented research at the interface between the life sciences and material science. An interdisciplinary team of scientists is developing new technologies for companies and public research sponsors in the areas of pharma and biotechnology, biomedical technology, and surface and materials technology.

Job Description:

PhD Thesis: Microsensor-integrated organ-on-chip systems

 Microsystems Engineering, Biomedical Engineering

 Motivation and Topic

The NMI develops microsystems to investigate biological functions, diseases, toxicity and drug development:

  • Microelectrode arrays for electrical recording of neurons and cardiac cells.
  • Microsensors for electrochemical sensing.
  • Microphysiological systems: microfluidic devices which reproduce organs or tissues (e.g. liver, blood–brain barrier, brain, cancer) on a chip (organ-on-a-chip).

Our work in these fields extends from R&D to commercial production (, and our technology is applied in academic and industry labs worldwide.

In this project, your challenge will be to integrate sensors (electrical, electrochemical, or optical) in organ-on-chip systems. The combination of microsensors with microfluidic systems will allow readout of physiological parameters, such as chemical concentrations or bioelectrical activity. Evaluation with a blood–brain model will be supported by in-house and external partners. Development of platform technology in a multiwell format is necessary for widespread application in clinical research and the pharmaceutical industry.

We offer

An exciting, interdisciplinary topic. In-house collaboration with experts in micro- and nanotechnology, cell biology, sensor and microfluidic technology. Cooperation in an established network of academic and industrial partners.

  • M.Sc. or equivalent in microsystems technology, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, chemistry or physics.
  • Experimental aptitude, capability for independent work, strong communication within a multidisciplinary team, and an interest in developing technology for applications in biological research.
  • Practical experience with MEMS, microfluidics, or microelectronics preferred.
Job Application:

Dr. Peter Jones
[email protected]
07121 51530 833
NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen
Markwiesenstraße 55
72770 Reutlingen

Email application to : [email protected]
Date Posted: February 13, 2018