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Vacancy No. IFG 02-20

IFG 02-20 Master Thesis: Magnetostrictive nanoparticle synthesis for wireless neural devices

Job description

The group of Neuro-Instructive Materials works in engineering new materials for minimally-invasive, wireless neural devices. Neural implants have a wide range of medical and scientific applications, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s Disease, neuroprosthetic systems for motor and sensory function recovery, or neural sensors for research into neurobiological behavior. Our group works with nano- and microscale devices that work wirelessly, so that they can be implanted less invasively than a typical neural device. Magnetoelectric (ME) materials, those that couple magnetic fields to electric fields, can allow us to wirelessly generate electric signals using input magnetic signals. This technology could one day provide wireless, externally-controlled neural communication using only injections and magnetic signals, while avoiding surgical intervention.

We are seeking a student to complete a Master’s Thesis project in making magnetostrictive nanoparticles in the group of Neuro-Instructive Materials. Your role will be to synthesize magnetostrictive nanoparticles using inorganic chemical synthesis methods. This project will require a knowledge of inorganic chemistry, and general chemical synthesis methods. This may also require training in characterization methods such as electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffraction, but such training will be provided, if necessary. This thesis project will serve as a basis our group to create new nanoscale materials, helping us to better understand how they work so that we can design optimal neural devices in the future.

Personal qualification

Interested applicants should be in the fields of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field, and should have a willingness to learn new topics to contribute to an interdisciplinary field.

Organizational unit

Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG)

Starting date

as soon as possible

Contract Duration

4-6 months according to study regulations. This job may also begin as a part-time (up to 40 hours/month) research assistant (Hiwi) before the student reaches the Thesis portion of their studies.

Contact person in line-management

Dr. Kristen Kozielski, Group Leader of the Neuro-Instructive Materials in the Institute for Functional Interfaces, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Email: kristen.kozielski@kit.edu, Telephone: 0721/608-23588) Please send applications in English.


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Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

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