Postdoctoral position on ’The role of ambient flow in determining the microstructure of the biofilm matrix’

     
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ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. It is renowned for its excellent education, its cutting-edge fundamental research and its efforts to put new knowledge and innovations directly into practice. The Environmental Microfluidics Group in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering studies microbial ecology combining microfluidics and and advanced visualization techniques. The position is funded by a recently awarded SNSF Prima Grant obtained by Dr. Eleonora Secchi to start an independent research unit in the Environmental Microfluidics Group.

Postdoctoral position on "The role of ambient flow in determining the microstructure of the biofilm matrix"

Biofilms are consortia of bacteria that grow on moist surfaces and have major environmental, technological and medical impacts. Within biofilms, bacterial cells are embedded in a matrix of extracellular material made up of diverse biopolymers, which provides protection against mechanical and chemical insults. This project will focus on studying the influence of the biofilm matrix microstructure, chemical composition and mechanical properties on its response to changes in environmental conditions, combining microfluidics, advanced optical visualization techniques, chemical profiling and rheological characterization.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in biology, biochemistry or a related subject. Knowledge of optical microscopy and microfluidics would be beneficial. The candidate should enjoy working experimentally at the interface between quantitative biology and physics. The project offers an opportunity to work in a highly interdisciplinary, cutting-edge environment, to interact with researchers from many different disciplines and to gain skills in a number of engineering approaches. The ability to work independently, but also to interact and collaborate within a team, will be great assets. The work will be carried out in collaboration with the group of Prof. Jan Vermant (Department of Materials, ETH).

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