Master Thesis – Printed microfluidics systems for wearable sensor applications (f/m/d)

Master Thesis – Printed microfluidics systems for wearable sensor applications (f/m/d)

Befristet, Vollzeit · VILLACH

Point of care devices like glucose monitors have become omnipresent in everyday life, yet diseases like kidney disease can go unnoticed. At SAL, we aim to design unobtrusive wearable systems that can detect kidney disease specific biomarkers (Cystatin-C, Creatinine, & Urea) in sweat that have high sensitivity and can be fabricated with scalable technologies like printing. To ensure minimal interferences from skin and potential contaminants and reduce false readings, a microfluidic sweat generation module is required to deliver sweat to the sensors. The goal of this thesis is the development of a printed microfluidic system for sweat generation & collection. The following activities will be part of this thesis:

  • Perform literature review (scientific articles, patents, etc.)
  • Optimize microfluidics fabrication via printing methodologies (screen printing, inkjet printing, roll to roll imprinting)
  • Characterize mechanical properties, flow efficiencies, and adsorption characteristics of microfluidics materials. 
  • Provide recommendations to minimize adsorption of targeted biomolecules.
  • Support integration activities with printed biosensors and iontophoresis electrodes 
  • Perform data analysis and prepare reports. 

  • Enrolled master student in materials science, electronics, biotechnology, or similar fields in an european university.
  • Experience with laboratory experimental set ups (microfluidics, printed electronics and/or sensors a plus)
  • Experience with data processing, evaluation
  • Microcontroller experience and programming a plus. 
  • Experience with CAD tools and simulation software 
  • Autonomy and reporting skills
  • Collaboration, teamwork, and eagerness to learn. 
  • Good communication skills in English. 
  • Start of your employment February 2023.
  • State-of-the-art lab facilities and instruments.
  • Home Office possible.
  • € 4.- /day food allowance in restaurants / € 2.- /day in  supermarkets.
  • Family-  & kids friendly.
  • Free coffee/milk/tea & fresh fruits.
This position is subject to the Collective Agreement for employees in non-university research (Research CA). For this position, we offer a competitive gross salary of EUR 1.713, paid 14 times a year.

Silicon Austria Labs (SAL) is a top research center for Electronic Based Systems (EBS). At three locations (Graz, Villach, Linz), SAL is conducting research along the entire EBS value chain in the areas of sensor systems, power electronics, intelligent wireless systems, microsystems and embedded systems to develop future-oriented solutions for industrial production, health, energy, mobility, safety and more. SAL brings together key players from industry, science and research and thus valuable expertise and know-how and conducts cooperative, application-oriented research along the value chain. Cooperative projects are co-financed by SAL and enable a fast and unbureaucratic project start. SAL is thus shaping the high-tech location Austria and Europe and developing the future 
Innovation is our top priority and so are our employees. We are a family-friendly company and support the compatibility of work and family as much as possible. That is why we have been awarded the Work and Family Certificate until 2023. But we are constantly working on new measures to offer our employees an environment where they feel good, healthy and motivated.

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