The research department Materials Physics within the Institute for Materials Research IMO at Hasselt University offers the following mandates (m/f):
2 PhD students (2 x 2 years) in the field of molecular biophysics of DNA and proteins
(mandates 101/32/02 and 101/32/03)
Both mandates are situated within the project ‘Molecular wires – probing and understanding their electronic and mechanical properties’ funded by the Special Research Funds BOF of Hasselt University. The focus is on the understanding of the kinetics and dynamics of the interactions between DNA-fragments and between proteins (antibodies-antigens). Special attention goes to the characterization of individual molecules and therefore scanning-probe techniques such as atomic-force microscopy in acqueous solutions (bio AFM) play a central role within the project. Moreover, a detailed study will be performed on tuning the electronic and mechanical properties of DNA fragments and protein complexes by external factors such as temperature, pH, ionic strength, mechanical strain, and electric potentials. The project is based on a strongly interdisciplinary approach (physics – biochemistry – nanoscience) and involves close cooperation with other national and international research centres.
Profile and diploma:
Candidates will have a master diploma (or equivalent) in physics, engineering, materials sciences, chemistry, nanotechnology, biomedical sciences or similar. Research experience, e.g. in the framework of the Master project, is considered as a benefit. Knowledge of the English language and willingness to perform research in an interdisciplinary context are recommended.
Application Deadline is November 5 2010
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