• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Are you interested in researching within a multidisciplinary project to develop a novel polymer waveguide biosensor capable of single biomolecule detection for very early, rapid and low cost detection of pathogens behind COVID19, Avian Influenza and many other illnesses? Aston Institute of Photonics is hiring!

    You would work alongside myself, Dr Kaiming Zhou and Professor David Webb (all AIPT – the world renown Aston Institute for Photonic Technologies), and in collaboration with colleagues in EBRI (Dr Alfred Fernández-Castané), LHS (Prof. Anna Hine) and EPS (Dr Thomas Thatapudi), and leading academic and industrial collaborators outside of Aston University to use a novel detection scheme that through exploiting a weakness of polymer photonics will not only lead to the first ever optical biosensor in such a material but also three beyond state of the art achievements

    BIOAI– a state of art BIOsensor from a novel photonic polymer transducer for a low cost rapid field deployable diagnostic instrument capable of Avian Influenza detection.
    #biosensor #PhD #Photonics #nanotechnology #multidiscipline #biophotonics #COVID19 #polymer #hiring #engineering #university #collaboration #avianinfluenza

    from within the EPS call for PhD applications:
    https://www.findaphd.com/phds/program/engineering-and-physical-sciences-doctoral-training-programme-phd-academic-year-2023-24/?p5156

    Candidates for this potential studentship should apply directly to the Aston University Graduate School from the 3rd of December 2022 until the 31st Jan 2023 to have their eligibility checked. Candidate interviews will take place on the week commencing 21st February 2023 until the 3rd March 2023 and the best candidate will be presented along with the project on 8th March 2023. The best candidate/project combinations will be funded (up to 10). Please contact for further details of how to apply.

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    Personal profile

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    UN CRP D15021 Assessing the Fate and Environmental Impact of Plastics in Soil and Crop Ecosystems Using Isotopic Techniques (2023-2027)

    COST Action PRIORITY (19/10/2021 - 18/10/2025)

    MONPLAS MSCA-860775 – H2020 ITN Research Project (01/2020-12/2023)

    CanDo ICT-610472 – FP7 STReP Research Project (01/2014-08/2017)

    POSITIVE ICT-257401 – FP7 STReP Research Project (09/2010-08/2013)

    INTOPSENS ICT-223932 - FP7 STReP Research Project (09/2008-08/2011)

    SABIO IST-026554 – FP6 STReP Research Project (01/2006-12/2008)

    ePIXNET IST-004525 FP6 Network of Excellence (01/09/2004-01/09/2008)

    LASERPOM FP6 CRAFT Research Project COOP-CT-2004-513275 (10/2004-10/2006)

    ATOMCAD FP5 TMR Network- HPRN-CT-1999-00048 (02/2000-08/2004)

    NanoFab FP4 TMR Network- ERBFMRXCT970129 (12/1997-11/2002)

    CAD and verification of MM- and Submm-Wave Circuits FP4 TMR Network- ERBFMRXCT960050 (09/1996-08/2000)

    Employment

    Research Fellow, Aston University (2020-)

    Marie Curie COFUND Research fellow, Aston University (2018-2020)

    Senior Researcher “Universitat de Valencia” (2011-2017)

    Researcher “KTH - Kungliga Tekniska högskolan” (2009-2010)

    Senior Researcher “Universitat Politecnica de Valencia” (2006-2009)

    Postdoctoral Researcher, “Universitat de Barcelona” (2004-2006)

    Postdoctoral Researcher, “Sigma Plus” (2002-2004)

    Postdoctoral Researcher, “Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona” (2000-2002)

    Postdoctoral Researcher, “Universidad de Cantabria” (1999-2000)

    Graduate Trainee, Philips Semiconductors (1998-1999)

    Research Interests

    Optofluidics and nanophotonics: the integration of novel photonic and plasmonic sensors within microfluidic devices for near proximity analyte flow, novel transduction mechanisms and spectral analysis. Of particular interest are those based on porous membranes, as substrates and templates for nanocolumns and QD/metal nanoparticles polymer-based composites. Within biosensing these can provide real time responses, the use of small sample/reagent volumes and added functionality, whilst for samples with micro and nanoplastics they can segregate them for angle resolved polarimetric SERS analysis.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    CPhys, MInstP, IEEE, SPIE

    PhD Supervision

    Fast and specific detection of micro and nanoplastic by flowthrough plasmonic sensing - Aisha Bibi (09/20-)

    Portable and low cost photoluminesent (PL) micro- and nanoplastics detection - Atif Iqrar (10/20-)

    Development of a polarimetric based optical biosensor using a freestanding porous membrane biosensing – Jesus Alvaréz Alavaréz (09/10 – 7/13), maximum qualification (17/09/13).

    Funding Applications and Awards

    £2000 EPSRC IAA Impact Primer Award for doctoral candidate secondment to QUB

    £10000 EPSRC Research impact acceleration fund to continue Raman software and interface development.

    2,464€ Erasmus+ funding for doctoral candidate secondment to IPHT and QUB

    £100,343 AIPT capital funding for an angle resolved polarimetric Raman micro spectrometer

    £9500 Research England priming fund for doctoral candidate secondment to QUB

    3.9M€ H2020 MSCA ITN project MONPLAS, 2020-2023 – Awarded/Management of whole project and legal principle researcher or PR (Aston)

    4.0M€ FP7 ICT project CanDo, 2014-2017 – Awarded/Management of whole project and legal principle researcher or PR (UV)
    Q-Nanotics (Spanish Ministry of Education) project, 2012-2015 – Proposal contribution, awarded/legal PR - head of group (UV)
    2.9M€ FP7 ICT project POSITIVE, 2010-2014 – Awarded/Management of whole project and legal PR (UV)
    10K€ VINNOVA award, 2010 – Awarded grant, legal PR - head of group (KTH)
    2.6M€ FP7 ICT project INTOPSENS – Awarded/Management of whole project, legal PR - head of group (KTH)
    SINADEC (Spanish Ministry of Education) project, 2009-2011 - Proposal contribution, awarded/PR - head of group/PR (UPV)
    2.4M€ FP6 IST project SABIO – Management of whole project
    6.0M€ FP6 IST NoE ePIXnet JRA Sensors – Partner manager
    NANOPOLAR (Spanish Ministry of Education) project, 2006-2009 – Proposal contribution, awarded/PR - head of group/PR (UB)

    Teaching Activity

    2022 –  Graduate course: Interdisciplinary research, results and grant writing module (Aston University)

    2020-2022 EE3OEL and AP4OEL Optoelectronics Module leader (Aston University)

    2015, 2016 – Supervision of Physics for Biologists laboratory (University of Valencia)

    2008-2009 - ‘GCSE’ and ‘A’ Level tutoring at British Private School

    1998 - Support role in preparing and running Masters laboratory on materials selection

    1997 - Support role in preparing and running Masters laboratory on materials selection

    1996 - Support role in preparing and running Masters Workshop on crystallography

    1995-1996 - Support role in preparing and running Masters laboratory on microscopy

    1995 - Support role in preparing and running a computation analysis workshop

    1994 - Support role in preparing and running various 1st year physics laboratories

    1993 - Support role in preparing and running various 1st year physics laboratories

    Qualifications

    FEHA

    Postgraduate Certificate Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction) – Aston University in 2019

    Assistant professor/lecturer accreditation

    Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU) – Since 2018

    Spanish National Agency for Evaluation of Quality & Accreditation (ANECA) – Since 2016

    Responsibilities

    Project Reviewer

    FETOpen, MCSA IEF, ICT and NMP evaluator in EC FP7 and H2020.
    Nanoscience projects evaluator in the “Blanc programme” of the French National Research Agency (ANR).

     PhD THESIS EXAMINED

    Nanophotonic biosensor based on surface Plasmon interference – Peter Debackere, 15/12/09

    Responsibilities

    Senate member

    PI representative of AIPT management group

    Committee member of Agile Workspaces Working Group at Aston University 2021-present

    Committee member of EPS Induction Working Group at Aston University 2021

    Editorial board member of the International Journal of Foods and Biosystems Engineering
    International Program Committee member of Allsensors 2016-present
    International Program Committee member of Photoptics 2015-present
    International Program Committee member for International Conference on Sensors Engineering and Electronics Instrumental Advances (SEIA) 2015-present
    Scientific Committee of International Conference on Food and Biosystems Engineering (FABE) 2015, 2017
    International program committee member of Eurosensors XXV
    European Silicon Photonics Cluster
    Expert in Nanofutures key node group of Design, Modelling and Testing of Materials
    Student Representative of Liverpool University Engineering and Physical Sciences Graduate School Committee (1995-1998)
    Secretary of Department of Materials Science and Engineering (University of Liverpool) Staff-Student Liaison Committee (1995-1998)
    Faculty (Science and Engineering) representative for University Guild Council for University of Liverpool (1995-1998)

    Academic/Professional Contacts

    Prof. J. Vollertsen, Aalborg University; Prof. P. Bienstman, Ghent University/IMEC; Prof. L. Pavesi and Dr P. Bettotti, U. Trento; Prof. C. Elliot, Queens University Belfast; Prof. H. Goosens, University of Antwerp; Dr C. Angulo Barrios, Politecnica de Madrid; Dr. L. Vivien, IEF/Universitie Paris Sud; Prof A. Russom, KTH; Prof J. Popp and C. Krafft, Jena University; Dr. M. Chiari, Consiglo Nazionale Delle Ricerche; Drs C. Bosshard and H. Knapp, CSEM; Dr T. Krahn, Bayer Worldwide Healthcare; Dr. H. Becker, Chipshop;  Dr. K. Beyer, Charité (Berlin); Dr. M. Makki, Mobidiag; Dr. H. Zoller, Medical University of Innsbruck; Dr. G. Skorski, Phylogene SA (France); Dr. P. Pourquier ID-VET Sarl (France); Profs Löhr and Heuchel, Karolinska Institute; Prof M. Nilsson, Stockholm University

     

    GKS; AstraZeneca; Pfizer; Novartis; Bayer; Roche (Healthcare and Diagnostics); R-Biopharm; Janssen R&D; Merck; Abbot; Biomerieux; GE Healthcare; Siemens; Renishaw; Alcatel-Lucent; Honeywell; STMicroelectronics; Sagem; Telefonica; IBM; HP; Philips; 3M; Thermo Scientific; Sony; Veeco; Danone; CocaCola; Nestlé; HeinzKraft; Tetrapak

    Contact Details

    Room: NW617
    Phone: 0121 204 5494
    Email: d.hill2@aston.co.uk

    Scholarship and Fellowship

    Research topics of interest for supervising PhD students

    There is a potential EPS studentship for the project "BIOAI– a state of art BIOsensor from a novel photonic polymer transducer for a low cost rapid field deployable diagnostic instrument capable of Avian Influenza detection."

    Project summary: In collaboration with colleagues in EBRI (Dr Alfred Fernández-Castané), LHS (Prof. Anna Hine), EPS (Dr Thomas Thatapudi) and leading academic and industrial collaborators outside of Aston it is proposed to use a novel detection scheme that through exploiting a weakness of polymer photonics will not only lead to the first ever optical biosensor in such a material but also three beyond state of the art achievements

    Candidates for this potential studentship should apply directly to the Aston University Graduate School from the 3rd of December 2022 until the 31st Jan 2023 to have their eligibility checked. Candidate interviews will take place on the week commencing 21st February 2023 until the 3rd March 2023 and the best candidate will be presented along with the project on 8th March 2023. The best candidate/project combinations will be funded (up to 10).  Please contact for further details of how to apply.

     

    Scholarship and Fellowship

    The Horizon Europe MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme opens 13 April, closes 14th September. https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/horizon-msca-2022-pf-01-01;callCode=null;freeTextSearchKeyword=Postdoctoral;matchWholeText=true;typeCodes=0,1,2,8;statusCodes=31094501,31094502,31094503;programmePeriod=null;programCcm2Id=null;programDivisionCode=null;focusAreaCode=null;destination=null;mission=null;geographicalZonesCode=null;programmeDivisionProspect=null;startDateLte=null;startDateGte=null;crossCuttingPriorityCode=null;cpvCode=null;performanceOfDelivery=null;sortQuery=sortStatus;orderBy=asc;onlyTenders=false;topicListKey=topicSearchTablePageState

    The call is topic agnostic, encourages basic and applied (and everything in between) research form any discipline and is for career development through a 2 year maximum research Fellowship. Applicants must have no more than 7 years research experience from PhD onwards (must have a PhD) and you must not have spent more than 12 months in the UK over the last 3 years, working backwards from deadline date. You should have a solid CV for your career stage.

    If you are interested in coming to one of the largest photonic research institutes in the UK to work on a project related to optofluidics, integrated polymer photonics, plasmonics and/or Raman spectroscopy write to me asap!

    Education/Academic qualification

    FHEA

    Award Date: 23 Dec 2019

    PhD, Growth initiation processes for GaAs and AlGaAs in CBE, University of Liverpool

    Award Date: 14 Dec 1998

    MPhil, The commissioning of a cosmic-ray telescope based on reverse biased pn junction silicon detectors and characterising a double-metal silicon detector from data taken in a beam test at CERN, University of Liverpool

    Award Date: 19 Dec 1995

    BSc, Physics with Astrophysics, University of Leeds

    Award Date: 20 Jul 1993

    Keywords

    • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
    • Photonics
    • Optical Sensing
    • Biophotonics
    • polymer nanotechnology
    • Nanomaterials
    • Metamaterials
    • Nanocomposites
    • optics, spectroscopy, lasers

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