Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT is seeking for candidates for one fellowship position which will focus on the preparation of the right stimuli-responsive polymers at control composition to be combined with inorganic nanoparticles, studying the disassembly, physical properties, and biodegradability in the Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications research group, under the supervision of Dr. Teresa Pellegrino.
The candidate will mainly work on developing strategies for combining polymers with inorganic nanoparticles, and for controlling the assembly of such nanoparticles and drug molecules.
Requirements: We are seeking candidates with expertise in polymer chemistry (polymerization techniques, experience in polymer grafting techniques on nanoparticles, design and control on polymer aggregate formations), polymer characterization techniques (NMR, GPC, HPLC Mass spectrometry, IR spectroscopy) and inorganic characterization techniques (TEM, XPS, XRD). Expertise in the synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles is also desirable.
Eligible candidates should have recently obtained a Master’s Degree in polymer-chemistry and/or organic chemistry. Our ideal candidate will have gained experience in in polymer chemistry (polymerization techniques, experience in polymer grafting techniques on nanoparticles, design and control on polymer aggregate formations), polymer characterization techniques (NMR, GPC, HPLC Mass spectrometry, IR spectroscopy) and inorganic characterization techniques (TEM, XPS, XRD). Expertise in the synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles is also desirable.
The candidate will work in the framework of the ERC project ‘Colloidal Inorganic Nanostructures for Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy’ (ICARO), developing strategies for drug and radioisotope delivery with polymeric based nanoparticles.
The ICARO project is funded by the European Union's H2020 ERC Programme with Grant Agreement N° 678109.
Creativity and motivation to conduct research are mandatory, as are good communication and writing skills in English. The candidate should be keen to be part of a multidisciplinary team of chemists, biologists, physicists and engineers. Workplace: Genoa, Italy
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