Fluorescence Enhancement for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Braunschweig International Graduate School of Metrology together with the Technical Cooperation of PTB offer the opportunity for currently two PhD scholarships each year for students engaged in natural sciences or engineering. The funding is provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to support developing and emerging countries (please see full list of partner countries) in the field of quality infrastructure. Initially, funding will be granted for one year. Given that it typically takes three years to complete a doctoral thesis PTB will be committed to obtain a follow-up funding. The size of the grants is comparable to grants provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The scholarships will be located at TU Braunschweig.

An excellent academic record and fluent English are prerequisites; skills in the German language are welcome. The submission should include CV, transcripts of the most important documents of professional qualification and a letter of application. B-IGSM promotes the professional equality of women and men and is thus especially interested in applications from women. Disabled persons will be given priority if they have the same occupational aptitude. Any granting of a scholarship has to be approved by the International Office of TU Braunschweig taking into account the Promotionsordnung (PhD Regulations) of the respective faculty where the scholarship will be located.

Please note that any application needs to be submitted via the application portal of B-IGSM.

Fluorescence Enhancement for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

We develop nanotechnological devices that act as fluorescence amplifiers in biosensing and diagnostics. Using self-assembled plasmonic structures we enhance the fluorescence more than 1000fold enabling direct single-molecule detection on low-tec devices that can be used at the point-of-need. The plasmonic structures are produced in a cost-efficient way by DNA nanotechnology. In the context of this project, the metrological characterization of this technology with respect to homogeneity and reproducibility will be the focus. Finally, we aim at detecting single molecules on devices as simple as a modified smartphone.

Further information:
Prof. Dr. Philip Tinnefeld
Institut für Physikalische und Theoretische Chemie
TU Braunschweig
p [dot] tinnefeld [at] tu-braunschweig [dot] de

TU Braunschweig