Obducat Technologies AB
Obducat is the world-leading supplier of lithography solutions enabling advanced micro- and nano- patterning of surfaces. Obducat develops and delivers innovative products and technologies focused on processes used in production and replication of advanced micro- and nanostructures. Obducat supplies its customers with process equipment as well as process know-how applied in both high volume production and R&D. Obducat's products and services are aimed at customers within various fields such as LED-, biomedical-, display-, MEMS-, semiconductor- and solar cell industries. Obducats’s goal is to provide customers with viable and cost-effective lithography solutions that will give a competitive edge to the customers, enabling them to deliver break-through applications and achieve improved profitability and success. Obducat Technologies AB conducts marketing and sales, as well as research, development and production of NIL-equipment. The company, which is located in Lund, Sweden, includes 20 employees.

Malmö University
Malmö University is an innovative, urban and international institute of higher education, located in the centre of Malmö. We have around 1,800 employees and 24,000 students. Our research and education are characterised by the role we believe a university should play in an open society — to contribute to sustainability and equality in a scientifically grounded way with external partners and stakeholders. Identifying and addressing the challenges of the future are of highest priority.

The Department of Biomedical Science offers a programme leading to a professional qualification, Biomedical Scientist (first cycle, 180 credits), and a Masters' programme, Biomedical Surface Science (second cycle, 120 credits), as well as first and second cycle freestanding courses. The Department negotiates the multifaceted intersection between biology, chemistry, medicine, physics, and technology and the interdisciplinary approach to research and education aims to further the theoretical and practical understanding of the complex subject matter. Drawing on the balance between pure and applied research, the Department has been successful in attracting funding from regional, national, and international research funding bodies. In addition, in the pursuit of possible applications, several industry funded contract research projects are currently running at the Department.

The research at the faculty is also linked to the research center Biofilms - Research Center for Biointerfaces which combines biomedical science with clinical and translational research in medical, dental, food and environmental application areas in close collaboration with regional industry.

The project is a collaborative effort between Obducate and researchers at Malmö University, where the main technological objective of the project is to design high performance, low cost nanostructured electrodes for bioelectronic devices, which can be reproducibly manufactured with industry-scale throughput. Bioelectronics is a rapidly progressing interdisciplinary research field, which aims to integrate biomaterials and electronic elements into functional devices. The integration of the biomaterials with electronic elements, such as electrodes, chips, field-effect transistors, and piezoelectric crystals, yields hybrid bioelectronic systems that may function as biofuel cells and biosupercapacitors, as well as biosensors and bioelectronic circuitry. To reproducibly manufacture nanostructured electrodes, nanoimprint lithography, an industrially relevant technique capable of achieving nano- and micro-scale features reproducibly, scalably, and economically, will be used. Nanostructured surfaces based on different materials with nanofeatures of different sizes and shapes will be fabricated. Material properties, like di-electrical, chemical bonding vs. covalent bonding, and electrowetting characteristics, will be examined. To design and test different bioelectronics devices, both planar (without nanostructuration for control measurements) and nanostructured electrodes will be biomodified with different bioelements, such as cells, organelles, and proteins. Planar and nanostructured, bare and biomodified electrodes will be evaluated in terms of biocompatibility and biofouling.

PhD-student position in Biomedical Science
The PhD student will be appointed by Obducate for a full-time position and admitted to a PhD education at Malmö University. The PhD education will run for five years and will be limited to 80 % of the working time. The research topic is "Biomedical Science" and the Faculty offers a Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Science. The PhD students will also have the opportunity to take part in teaching. Provisions on appointment as a PhD student are laid out in the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5. When making the appointment, under Chapter 5, Section 5 of the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, consideration must be given to the student's ability to benefit from studies.

In order to be considered for admission as a doctoral student, the applicant must meet the general and specific entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes, and is considered in other respects to have the ability required to benefit from the course or study programme. Ordinance (2010:1064). The higher education institution may permit an exemption from the general entry requirements for an individual applicant, if there are special grounds. Ordinance (2010: 1064).

General entry requirements:

  1. a second-cycle higher education degree
  2. completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 higher education credits are second-cycle
  3. in some other way, nationally or internationally, acquired equivalent knowledge.

Specific entry requirements:
comprise at least 90 ECTS, of which 30 ECTS should be at second cycle level, in a subject which is of relevance for the research domain in question or which in some other way involve broadly equivalent knowledge.

In addition, adequate knowledge of English is required.

Basis of assessment
Candidates with a Master degree in Material Science experienced in metrology and surface coating methods, e.g., atomic layer deposition, will be prioritised. In ranking the applicants, particular emphasis will be put on knowledge in material chemistry, enzymology, cell and molecular biology. Previous experience in bioelectronics and deep understanding of electrochemistry will be highly valued.

For more information contact
Stefan Adolfsson, Obducat Technologies AB, +46702859869
Sergey Shleev, Malmö University, +46-702351141
Therése Nordström, Malmö University, +46703625208

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Instructions to Applicants
You apply through Malmo Universities' recruitment system by clicking the button "apply/ansok". It is your own responsibility that your application is complete with all required documentation according to the adverted position. Your application must have arrived no later than Sept 22, 2019.

The application should contain the following:

  1. A brief summary of scientific, teaching and other qualifications relevant to the position, together with a motivation for applying to this PhD-student position
  2. Attested copies of certificates
  3. Signed list of qualifications (CV)
  4. List of scientific publications
  5. Copy of a master degree thesis or equivalent.
  6. Copies of three of your most relevant written work which you would like to highlight
  7. References (at least two; names, titles, contact information positions/relation. Please do not submit letters of reference)

Planned starting date
November 01, 2019