Master Thesis - Engineering a Glutamate-Based Artificial Synapse

 Neural interfaces are electronic devices that interact with the nervous system in order to capture and control neural activity, aiming in this way to map neural networks, understand the principles behind neurodegenerative diseases, and/or restore sensorimotor functions. To this end, biomimetic in vitro platforms are being engineered at IBI-3 to investigate and characterize neurodegenerative processes involving synaptic plasticity loss. The 1-year project here proposed will be focused on engineering a glutamatergic artificial synapse exploiting organic electrochemical transistors (OECT) as neuromorphic device. The device will be fabricated by means of electrodeposition and glutamate enzyme will be then immobilized on the surface of the OECT to investigate glutamate detection as well as the neuromorphic response.

Your tasks will include:

  • Fabrication of the organic neuromorphic device by means of electrodeposition
  • Chemical functionalization with glutamate enzyme
  • Electrical characterization of the functionalized neuromorphic device in presence of glutamate
  • Communicate with internal and external as well as national and international project partners

Your Profile:

Scientific expertise and soft skills you should have:

  • Bachelor Degree in the field of Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Material Engineering or a comparable course of study
  • Ability to communicate with scientists and technicians from various disciplines
  • Well-structured and systematic research approach
  • Passion for science
  • Interest in neuroelectronics, neural interface
  • Willingness to familiarize yourself with new methods, technologies and environment
  • Fluent English in writing and speaking

Further desirable qualifications:

  • Interest in bioelectronics and fabrication technologies
  • High degree of independence, motivation and reliability/independent and analytical working style
  • Very reliable and conscientious style of working
  • Excellent ability to cooperate and work in a team

Please feel free to apply for the position even if you do not have all the required skills and knowledge. We may be able to teach you missing skills during your induction.

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We support you in your work with:

  • An interesting and socially relevant topic for your thesis with future-oriented themes
  • Ideal conditions for gaining practical experience alongside your studies
  • An interdisciplinary collaboration on projects in an international, committed and collegial team
  • Excellent technical equipment and the newest technology
  • Qualified support through your scientific colleagues
  • The chance to independently prepare and work on your tasks
  • Flexible working hours as well as a reasonable remuneration
  • A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation/identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities in which everyone can realize their potential is important to us.

We look forward to receiving your application by 30.8.2022


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