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Third-cycle subject: Fiber- and Polymer Science
The position will be placed at the Hamedi Lab www.hamedilab.com, at the department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, and in collaboration with the Wallenberg Wood Science Centre, WWSC www.wwsc.se.
Diagnosis of an increasing number of diseases (such as HIV and antibiotic resistant bacteria), rely on centralized laboratories with specialized instruments and skilled personnel. They are therefore expensive and inappropriate for point of care diagnostics. Portable, automated and disposable devices with integrated molecular diagnostics (iMDx), could solve this problem.
This PhD program will explore how textiles can be used as a new material that integrates advanced diagnostic functions which enable portable integrated molecular diagnostics (iMDx) devices at almost zero-cost.
We will use textiles especially for Nucleic Acid Tests (NATs), and more specifically develop and analyze techniques for sample preparation (cell-lysis, nucleic acid extraction and purification). We will explore both synthetic (e.g. nylon) and biopolymer-based textiles (e.g. cotton) and tune their properties by adding chemical and electronic function to the textiles, to allow controlled manipulation of bacteria and viruses inside the porous structures of textiles.
What we offer
To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § högskoleförordningen), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:
The applicants should have a master’s degree in a subject relevant for the research, such as biotechnology, electronics, or applied physics.
In order to succeed as an doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. In the selection of the applicants, the following will be assessed:
Target degree: PhD in Fiber- and Polymer Science
Information regarding admission and employment
Only those who are or have been admitted to third-cycle studies may be employed as a doctoral student. The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study. Decisions on employment as a doctoral student may not be appealed.
Eligibility, selection and admissions are regulated in antagningsordning till utbildning vid Kungl. Tekniska högskolan and the program description for the doctoral program and current subject syllabus available on KTH's website.
Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.
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