WIN Rising Star Award in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology nominations.

The nomination deadline is April 15, 2019 where the applicant needs to submit the following by email to :
(a) one-page write-up about the impact of applicant’s research in the field of Smart & Functional Materials;
(b) full curriculum vitae; 
(c) the names and contact details of three academic references.
See here information about the award.

Doctoral fellowship in ultra-sensitive bioelectronic transducers in Portugal.

Doctoral fellowship within the PhD programme INPhINIT in CCMAR.

Project: Ultra-sensitive bioelectronic transducers as a screening tool to monitor the activity of marine compounds on cells and tissues.

  • Supervisors: Deborah Power and Henrique Gomes
  • Summary:The approach used in the PhD project will overcome the limitations of currently available microelectrode arrays (MEA) technology. The specific objectives of the project and tasks to be undertaken by the PhD recruited will be to: 1- fabricate transducers with high spatio-temporal resolution and an intrinsic noise level below 1 microvolt. To achieve this, two strategies will be explored; (i) fabrication of nano-structured surface coatings using ZnO nanorods or nano-wires,  (ii) conducting polymer surfaces such as PEDOT:PSS. Both materials strategies will be implemented into soft and biocompatible substrates. Among the substrates to be explored are (i) cellulose (ii) poly-lactic-glycolic acid (PLGA) and an elastomer such as ultra-soft polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS). The final goal is to solve the fabrication issues so that devices can be built on a flexible and biocompatible scaffold. 2. To validate the developed sensors using electrophysiological extracellular measurements in vitro with several different immortalized cells lines such as glioma seeded onto the electrophysiological sensing platform. The signal patterns generated by cell populations will be recorded and correlated with cellular activity. 3. To demonstrate that the device can be scaled up and validated to establish it as a screening tool for marine compounds of potential interest. Responsibilities include: a) Plan and conduct scientific investigations and experiments according to the PhD workplan; b) Collecting, preparing and/or testing samples (molecular, biochemical and histological/histochemistry analysis/bioinformatics of sequence data); c) Recording and analysing data (including statistical analysis); d) Keeping up to date with relevant scientific and technical developments; e) Scientific writing to publish the outcome of the studies performed, reports, reviews and public oral/poster presentations at conferences; f) Supervise undergraduate students; g) Participate in public outreach activities; h) Complementary courses will be provided to promote development of “soft skills” eg. Person management, project management, business skills, graphic skills for scientific illustration etc. Requirements: Degree in Biosciences or electronics or related areas.

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FAPESP Post-Doctoral Fellow in Brazil in the area of Physical-Chemical Education.


The Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos (IQSC) of the University of São Paulo (USP) is offering a postdoctoral fellowship linked to the Thematic Project – FAPESP “Study and application of electrochemical technology for the analysis and degradation of endocrine interferents: materials, sensors, processes and scientific dissemination “coordinated by Prof. Dr. Marcos Lanza.

The project aims at the production of new materials with electrocatalytic activity and their application in electrochemical analysis sensors and in advanced effluent treatment processes. In addition to the publication of the scientific knowledge through scientific articles, the dissemination of results will also occur through scientific popularization. Through the production of didactical material to improve the teaching of physicochemistry in Basic Education and the realization of interactive expositions open to students and the general population, it is hoped to arouse interest in science, especially among school-age youth.


The candidate should be involved in the development of research on scientific dissemination and the teaching of physicochemistry in Basic Education (students aged between 10 and 18 years). In this sense, the fellow is expected to be able to delineate research questions and design data collection strategies that allow the development of scientific dissemination and chemical education activities, with publication of the results in national and international journals in the area of Chemical Education.

Must have immediate availability to reside in São Carlos/SP/Brazil and have completed a doctorate for less than 7 years.

If selected, the candidate will have a FAPESP postdoctoral fellowship ( in the monthly amount of R $ 7,174.80 (approximately US $ 1,700.00 US dollars per month) for 24 months.

Entries should be made through the email to the supervisor, Prof. Dr. Marcos Lanza, until March 03, 2019. The following documents must be attached to the e-mail:

1) Curriculum Vitae containing the academic training and publications (maximum of 4 pages). Experience in international publications and in the Physical Chemistry and Education fields must be proven.

2) Letter of the candidate justifying the interest on the vacancy (maximum of 200 words).

3) Work plan of two research proposals related to the topics of scientific dissemination and chemical education of this project containing objective, theoretical reference, data collection instruments and international periodical of interest for submission (maximum of 5 pages).