PhD student position in innovative THz systems and methods for the smart production of medicines

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Esta oferta de plaza de doctorado es para gente terminando el master y que ha cursado alguna asignatura de microondas/campos:


The Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience focuses on research, innovation and education within the fields of future electronics, photonics, bio- and nanosystems. A close collaboration with Swedish and international partners within academia, industry and society enables scientific excellence and creates an innovative environment. In addition to the 200 researchers and PhD students, MC2 houses a cleanroom for micro- and nanofabrication with the latest equipment.

Information about the project
This interdisciplinary project, is a collaboration between AstraZeneca Gothenburg and Chalmers, where the PhD candidate will be employed at AstraZeneca and follow the graduate school at department of microtechnology and nanoscience at Chalmers. The project will be carried out at both places and with a team of supervisors from academia and industry.

Your research challenge is to innovate devices and methods for non-invasive sensing using terahertz waves to be used in real-time advanced control and quality inspection in the manufacture of pharmaceutical products.

There is an increasing demand for innovative medicines to treat a range of diseases. This challenge requires both advances in the discovery of new medicinal molecules and the modernisation of the manufacture processes. A crucial part of the pharmaceutical manufacture process to ensure speed, and accuracy is access to advanced real-time process control and product quality inspection tools. Current methods are often limited to off-line, destructive and hence non-real-time techniques.

In this project we aim to use terahertz waves to develop a compact and non-invasive sensor to monitor pharmaceutical products in the production line. With better penetration depth than visible light and higher resolution than radio waves, the terahertz waves have promising characteristics to be used in the pharmaceutical manufacture process, enabling the efficient manufacture of modern complex medicines, improving the quality consistency, and consequently increasing the access to innovative medicines to patients.

Major responsibilities
Your research will be directed towards new methods and terahertz sensors applied to manufacture of modern innovative medicines. The research work will be pursued at terahertz and millimetre wave laboratory, Chalmers, and AstraZeneca Gothenburg.

Your major responsibilities as PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. You are expected to develop your own scientific concepts and communicate the results of your research verbally and in writing. The position generally also includes teaching on Chalmers' undergraduate level or performing other duties at AstraZeneca corresponding to 20 per cent of working hours.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

To qualify for this position, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits in Physics/Engineering with a curriculum that provides a good foundation in electromagnetic theory and microwave engineering.

You should have good communication skills, ability to work in an interdisciplinary group, good analytical and experimental skills and good ability to work independently towards the goals expressed in the project plans.

Further, as the position is a collaboration between two groups and organisations, you need to enjoy working in different environments and proactively take part at both places.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20180118 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 2 April 2018

For questions, please contact:
Jan Stake
+46 31-772 1836

Helena Rodilla
+46 31-772 1727

Staffan Folestad
+46 31-776 22 06

Lien Nguyen
+46 31-776 20 58

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