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[Please note that we currently do not accept applications for doctoral fellowships.]

 

Deadline extended!

Open call for applications for postdoc fellowships,

28.04.2017 - 15.06.2017

 

Welcome to our SALSA application website and to our first SALSA call for postdoc fellowships. The School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof (SALSA) at Humboldt-Universität Berlin is announcing a call for postdoc fellowships in selected areas of Analytical Sciences.

 

Here, you will find further details on the postdoc fellowship application process, the conditions for postdoc fellowships and information on the hosting groups that postdoc candidates will have to choose when applying with their own project proposal.

 

All applications must be sent to salsa@hu-berlin.de (for details on the application requirements, please read the information below carefully).

 

Our call for postdoc fellowships is open from April 28th, 2017, until June 15th, 2017, 12 p.m. Berlin time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Application process and necessary information
  • Please apply until 26.05.2017, 12 pm Berlin time, via Email only to salsa@hu-berlin.de.
  • Please provide us with one single pdf-file which should include all necessary personal information, as well as the project proposal, details are stated below.
  • Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed and will be considered invalid.
  • Candidates should provide their detailed CV (maximum 4 pages), a publication list, a copy of their doctorate degree certificate and a project proposal (see below).
  • Candidates have to name a hosting group for their proposed projects from the list provided -> here; further information on the groups can also be found -> here.
  • Former SALSA doctoral fellows with a completed doctoral degree may apply if the selected hosting group has not been part of their supervisory team or a collaborator of their doctoral project.

 

As indicated above, candidates need to apply with their own project proposal, i.e., a project description of up to 3 (three) pages, containing
  • 1) A summary of 150 words (maximum)
  • 2) A description of the major aims of the research
  • 3) The expected outcome
  • 4) A project schedule with a time line
  • 5) The reason for their primary choice of hosting lab, and why the hosting group is suited to carry out the project, as well as potential collaboration partners (PI) in the SALSA graduate school, and resources (consumables) and equipment needed to carry out the project.

 

Please note that we focus on selected research areas for this call:
  • Applications are welcome within the following areas: nanoanalytics, x-ray structure analysis, inorganic mass spectrometry, ambient mass spectrometry, plasmon enhanced nanospectroscopy and in situ optical spectroscopies.
  • Postdocs have to choose one hosting group (in case of collaborative projects between BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany, and the Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain, candidates will have two hosting groups). Information on the groups can be found -> below.
  • Applicants’ project proposals within these research areas have to relate to and consider the preferences of the hosting groups, as stated in each host groups’ description. Details can be found -> below.

 

 

 

2. Postdoc fellowship conditions
  • Selected postdocs will be funded via fellowship contracts. Please note that these are fellowships, not positions - postdocs will have no regular employment status at Humboldt-Universität nor at our partner institutions, but will be fellows of SALSA graduate school.
  • Funding will be 1.750 Euros/month. There is no spousal support. Postdocs will have to pay for their own health insurance and, if they are from European or treaty countries, may join the public health insurance in most cases or use their home country insurance (please check with your provider in this case). Fellows from outside of Europe are usually not eligible for public health insurance (please check private German health insurance providers for their varying offers).
  • Project spans are flexible within the stated minimum and maximum range; projects must be planned for a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 18 months (in case of collaborative projects between BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany, and the Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain, the minimum is 12 months and successful candidates will split their time between Berlin and Oviedo).
  • Earliest starting date for projects is 01.07.2017.
  • All projects have to be finished by 31.12.2018, funding and contracts cease by the end of 2018 at the latest!
  • Postdocs will receive additional funds (up to 2.000 Euros in total) for travel, coachings and courses and may participate in transferable skill courses organized by SALSA.
  • Consumables will be provided by the hosting labs, postdocs will be able to use lab equipment of hosting labs. Information on the groups can be found below.

 

 

 

 

3. Information on hosting groups

 

These are the hosting groups and/or labs you can choose and whose research areas, as specified further below, you should take into account (please click for more information):

 

Prof. Dr. Kannan Balasubramanian, Micro & Nano Analytical Sciences, Department of Chemistry and SALSA, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, German

 

Dr. Franziska Emmerling, Structure Analysis, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany

 

Collaborative project Berlin, Germany – Oviedo, Spain:

Dr. Norbert Jakubowski, Inorganic Trace Analysis, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany

and

Prof. Maria Montes-Bayón, Analytical Spectrometry, Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain

 

Prof. Dr. Janina Kneipp, Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany

 

Dr. Jens Riedel, Chemical and Optical Sensing, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany

 

Dr. Thomas Schmid, SALSA Application Lab, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany; and Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany

 

 

 

 

Hosting Group:

Prof. Dr. Kannan Balasubramanian, Micro & Nano Analytical Sciences, Department of Chemistry and SALSA, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, German

 

General Information:

The group provides a unique research environment in an interdisciplinary setting with research activities focused in the area of micro- and nano-scale analytical sciences, specifically functionalization of graphene and graphene-based electronic, electrochemical and SPR sensors. Currently three graduate students and one post-doctoral fellow are part of the group bringing in a diverse research portfolio in the areas of analytical chemistry, electrochemistry, material sciences, biology and experimental physics.

(-> Group website for additional information)

 

Research Areas for project proposals:

We are calling for project proposals for a Post-Doc fellowship in one or more of the following research areas:

  • Nanostructured devices (e.g. graphene) for chemical sensors and biosensors
  • Electrochemical (bio)sensing using functionalized nanoelectrodes
  • Real-time monitoring of biomolecular interactions at nanoscale interfaces
  • Integration of nanostructures in microfluidic systems for bioanalytical studies

 

Research Infrastructure:

The following research infrastructure is available for carrying out the research project: Fabrication of nanostructured devices using photolithography, electrochemical instrumentation, field-effect transistor (FET) measurement system (in air and in liquids), impedance analyzers, surface plasmon resonance (SPR) system for studying binding kinetics, microfluidic flow control systems, fluorescence microscope and spectrometer. Furthermore, access to scanning probe microscopy and Raman spectroscopy is available in collaboration with other groups.

 

 

 

 

 

Hosting Group:

Dr. Franziska Emmerling, Structure Analysis, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany

 

General information:

BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing investigates and tests new materials. The host group is interested in a deeper understanding of nucleation and growth of materials. We investigate crystallization and particle formation processes using complementary in situ techniques (SAXS, WAXS, XANES, EXAFS (lab and synchrotron), Raman-, IR-spectroscopy) in specially designed sample environments (e.g. acoustic levitators). Two postdocs and 10 graduate students are working at different research projects. Another aspect deals with the mechanochemical synthesis of new materials (eg metal organic frameworks). We investigate these structures based on X-ray powder diffraction in combination with other techniques (solid state NMR, EXAFS). To understand the underlying processes, we established approaches to investigate mechanochemical reactions in situ and are one of the leading groups in this research field.

(-> Group website for additional information)

 

Research Areas for project proposals:

We are interested in research proposals in the following research areas:

  • Crystallization of small organic molecules (pre-nucleation clusters, polyamorphism)
  • Iron oxide nanoparticles formation mechanisms and application
  • Real-time in situ monitoring of mechanochemical reactions
  • Synthesis, characterization of mechanochemical generated MOFs for gas storage (scale strategies)

 

Research infrastructure:

All the analytical techniques one would expect for a thorough structural analysis are directly available in the group or within BAM (eg. different powder diffractometers (including high resolution), single crystal diffractometers, SAXS instrument, DLS, solid state NMR, gas adsorption etc), we have regular beamtime at our own beamlines @ BESSYII and other European Synchrotrons.

 

 

 

 

 

Hosting Groups (for collaborative project Berlin, Germany – Oviedo, Spain):

Dr. Norbert Jakubowski, Inorganic Trace Analysis, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany

and

Prof. Maria Montes-Bayón, Analytical Spectrometry, Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain

 

General information:

BAM is the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing and a main research focus is based on safety issues of new materials. The group on “Mass Spectrometry and Biomedical Analysis” in Oviedo aims to develop analytical strategies to approach the determination of biomarkers of biological and clinical interests.

(-> Additional information on the BAM group)

(-> Additional information on the Universidad de Oviedo group)

 

Research Area for project proposals:

In a new postdoc research project of BAM division 1.1 „Inorganic Trace Analysis“ the interaction of nanoparticles in living cell systems should be investigated in cooperation with the University of Oviedo.

 

In his / her proposed project, the candidate should address challenges in quantification of the nanostructures in single cells using the hyphenated techniques based on ICP-MS (HPLC, LA) available in both institutions.

 

Research infrastructure:

In Oviedo the access to biological samples (human and animal) handled by expertise personal is ensured through collaboration of analytical chemists with biologists and biotechnologists, as well as through on-going research collaboration with the pharmacy department at the University of Granada and with the Biochemistry Unit of the Asturias University Hospital Also, different complementary biological measurements such as cytotoxicity experiments in cells, DNA integrity, quantitative PCR, etc. are accessible for the joint project. Regarding own instrumentation, the group has access to the last generation ICP-TQ-MS, ESI-q-TOF and HR-ICP-MS instruments together with different chromatographic systems (e.g. HPLC or microHPLC) as well as gel electrophoresis.

Please note that this is a research collaboration between BAM and Universidad de Oviedo. Any proposed project should be planned for at least 12 months duration. Successful candidates will split their time between Berlin and Oviedo.

 

 

 

 

 

Hosting Group:

Prof. Dr. Janina Kneipp, Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany

 

General information:

The Kneipp group works in the area of sensitive vibrational spectrosopy to get a better understanding of complex microstructured materials, such as plant or animal cells.

(-> Group website for additional information)

 

Research Areas for project proposals:

We offer the possibility to carry out an innovative project related to either of the two following topics:

  • Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) for monitoring of molecular mixtures and /or the stability of bioactive molecules
  • (normal) Raman imaging of plant tissues

 

Both topics include a strong focus on data analysis. The analytical application of SERS naturally involves a better understanding of the properties of the exploited plasmonic nanostructures. Therefore, projects proposing the investigation of such structures and their properties in the analytical context are specifically encouraged. Experience in independent work in an optics lab is required.

 

Research infrastructure:

In our lab, we can carry out Raman and other spectroscopic and microscopic experiments at a great variety of excitation wavelengths. Furthermore, wet lab capacity, and the possibility of collaboration with respect to synthesis and characterization of plasmonic nanostructures exists inside and outside the group. We have a cell culture facility used for several standard animal cell cultures.

 

 

 

 

 

Hosting Scientist/Lab:

Dr. Jens Riedel, Chemical and Optical Sensing, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany

 

General information:

BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing investigates and tests new materials and ensures a safe handling in everyday life applications. A major task is the development of instrumentation with new measuring capabilities.

(-> Additional information on the lab)

 

Research Areas for project proposals:

We encourage the applicants to actively participate in our instrumentational development and optimization in the field of ambient ionization mass spectrometry. The applicant can improve the performance by tailoring one or more of the following

  • Microchip base pneumatic nebulizers
  • Ion separation by strong acoustic fields
  • Laser driven plasma ionization

A current task of our group is the analysis of particulate matter. The proposed research project can (but does not have to) consider aerosols as analytes.

Research infrastructure:

The research will be taking part in a lively group of young and motivated scientists. The focus on instrumentation allows for a strong team work. The lab is well equipped for atmospheric pressure mass spectrometry (time of flight), spectral, visual and electrical characterization of plasma and matter trajectories (including high speed Schlieren imaging), special equipment for scientific prototyping and many different lasers.

 

 

 

 

 

Hosting Scientist/Lab:

Dr. Thomas Schmid, SALSA Application Lab, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany; and Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Berlin, Germany

 

General information:

In the recently established SALSA Application Lab, Dr. Thomas Schmid employs microspectroscopic imaging techniques in interdisciplinary research projects to gain deeper insight into a broad variety of organic and inorganic materials. Dr. Thomas Schmid is based both at the Federal Institute of Materials Research and Testing (BAM) and at SALSA. BAM investigates and tests new materials and ensures a safe handling in everyday life applications.

 

Research Area for project proposals:

We offer the possibility to carry out an innovative project related to the following topic:

  • Raman microspectroscopic imaging of historical building materials

Candidates are expected to apply with their own research project and to provide the samples of historical building materials needed to conduct the research. For an adequate interpretation of the analytical results experience in the research of historical building materials and knowledge of their manufacture, applications and analysis are mandatory. Experience with Raman microscopy is advantageous. Ability for independent research and an adequate publication record in the context of historical building materials are required.

 

Research infrastructure:

In the SALSA lab, Raman microscopy with various excitation wavelengths and measurement parameters is available together with complementary imaging techniques (polarized light microscopy, ESEM-EDX) and conventional spectroscopies (UV-Vis-NIR, Raman spectroscopy). Furthermore, we closely collaborate with the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) and, among others, the Group of Micro and Nano Analytics (Prof. Balasubramanian, see above).