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Open PhD Position in Organic Electronics for Biosensing

Deadline: Nov 30, 2023

The Molecular Materials for Electronic Devices group (e-MolMat) group offers a PhD position on “Multifunctional molecular materials for organic electronics.

14 September 2023

Due to the limitations of silicon technology, great efforts are currently being devoted to the development of organic electronics. Organic electronic devices offer very interesting properties such as flexibility, low weight, tuneability, low-cost manufacturing, and bio-compatibility. For these reasons, organic electronics are expected to give rise to a wide variety of new uses and applications.

Organic Field Effect Transistors (OFETs) are the main logic units in electronic circuits, where they usually function as a switch or an amplifier. These devices can also work in electrochemical mode and, thus, be applied as transducers in biosensors. Thanks to the characteristics mentioned above, these sensors are arousing great interest for the development of a new generation of point-of-care tests.

The goal of this thesis is based on the preparation of organic transistors (OFETs) for their application in bio-sensing. The work proposed is very interdisciplinary and includes:

  • Processing of organic materials: preparation of films by different printing and evaporation methods.
  • Characterization of organic films: SEM, X-ray, AFM, XPS, etc.
  • Preparation of electronic devices: clean room work, lithography, metal evaporation, etc.
  • Study of the electrical properties of devices.
  • Functionalization of surfaces with organic molecules and their characterization by electrochemical methods.

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated PhD candidate. The fellow must hold a Bachelor degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or Nanoscience, and hold a recognized Master degree (or equivalent). An interdisciplinary outlook is desired and will be encouraged. Experience in electrochemical techniques and molecular materials will be highly valued.

The successful candidate will work in an international environment and will receive a strong multidisciplinary training and work in a dynamic team.

The candidate will be able to join to a pioneer, dynamic and active group ( from the Department of NanoScience and Organic Materials (NANOMOL) that belongs to the Materials Science Institute of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) located at the UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) Campus.

Our group is focused on the design and synthesis/preparation of new functional molecular materials for their application in organic electronic devices. This is an interdisciplinary group where researchers from different disciplines (i.e., chemistry, materials science, physics, engineering, etc.) are working together. Our work ranges from fundamental studies in order to better understand materials properties to a more applied perspective aiming at developing proof-of-principle devices.


Interested candidates should send a detailed CV including his/her academic record and a list of references with contact details by e-mail to Prof. Marta Mas-Torrent (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); address: ICMAB - CSIC, Campus Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain).

Project Funded by:

Project MCINN PID2022-141393OB-I00

Closing date for application

30th November 2023.


The Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) is a multidisciplinary research center focused on cutting-edge research in functional advanced materials in the fields of ENERGY, ELECTRONICS, NANOMEDICINE and application fields yet to imagine.

The ICMAB is integrated within the Barcelona Nanocluster in Bellaterra (BNC-b), a research network that includes the UAB, the CSIC (ICMAB, IMB-CNM and ICN2) and IRTA, part of the UAB Research Park of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (PRUAB) and the ALBA Synchrotron. The BNC-b aims to share advanced scientific equipment and promote and disseminate nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The ICMAB offers a complete range of scientific services, including a 10,000 class cleanroom (the Nanoquim Platform) that are open to interested parties, whether these are academic or from industry, and it participates in all kinds of educational and promotional activities. Many ICMAB researchers teach at the UAB Master's degree in Nanotechnology and Materials Science and also on the UAB degree on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

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