SERSing project – first meeting

REUNIÓN INICIAL DO PROXECTO SERSing

O pasado 9 de setembro celebrouse a reunión inicial que marcaba o inicio do proxecto SERSing: “Advanced Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) based technologies for gas and liquids sensING in the area of chemical protection”, financiado polo programa Horizon 2020. Nesta iniciativa, que conta con membros de diferentes partes de Europa, tamén está a participar o noso grupo de Química Coloidal.

A duración aproximada deste proxecto será entre catro e cinco anos, sendo o seu obxectivo fundamental permitir unha rápida detección e identificación de perigos químicos (líquidos ou gasosos) a baixas concentracións en múltiples áreas. Para conseguilo, adquiriranse datos xeolocalizados que posteriormente serán subidos e procesados a unha plataforma de aprendizaxe online. Deste modo, a información sobre ameazas e perigos será transmitida ao persoal autorizado, xerando así alertas no lugar do incidente a tempo real.

Os microdispositivos de detección estarán integrados en equipos manuais Raman de baixo peso compatibles cos equipos de primeiros auxilios, tendo como principal característica a súa facilidade de uso e baixo custo de mantemento. O espectrómetro Raman combinará tecnoloxías de xeolocalización e comunicación especificamente adaptadas para o rápido cribado do medio ambiente. Así mesmo, estes dispositivos tamén poderían ser montados en unidades robóticas para informar sobre posibles perigos químicos antes de enviar persoal humano a un lugar contaminado.

Tamén podemos situar outro tipo de aplicacións deste dispositivo no mundo das ferramentas forenses. Por exemplo, naquelas utilizadas in situ para determinar a natureza química dunha mostra e así decidir se recollela ou non para a análise no laboratorio; ou no perfilado de axentes químicos liberados nun laboratorio co fin de comprender mellor os perigos a man dentro dentro do mesmo.

En definitiva, o proxecto SERSing é unha iniciativa que ten como obxectivo a protección da seguridade dos cidadáns. O encargado de coordinalo é o doutor Tomas Rindzevicius de Simelco, en colaboración con universidades e organización doutros países como España, Dinamarca, Suecia, Países Baixos ou República Checa.

PhD POSITION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY

Job Title: PhD POSITION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY

Research area or group: Colloid Chemistry Group

Description of Group/Project: The Colloid Chemistry Group at CINBIO-Universidad de Vigo (Spain) is an interdisciplinary research group focused in the development of plasmonic nanoparticles and their applications for biosensing. The group is looking for a highly motivated Predoctoral Researcher to participate in the development of the project: Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) bacterial biosensors for ultrasensitive multiplex detection (BACTOSERS). PID2019-109669RB-I00. The research will be carried out under the supervision of Dr Gustavo Bodelón González.

Key features of this Project: – Addresses the problem of poor sensitivity, low multiplexing capabilities and portability of current bacterial biosensors by means of SERS. – Interdisciplinary and highly innovative approach from synthetic biology, biotechnology and nanotechnology. – Explores the generation of programmable and multiplexed bacterial biosensors for potential implementation in microfabricated devices for point-of-care applications.

 

References: Bodelon et al., ACS Nano 11 (5), 4631 (2017); Bodelon et al., Nat Mater 15 (11), 1203 (2016); Pinero-Lambea, Bodelon et al., ACS Synth Biol 4 (4), 463 (2015).

 

Requirements of the candidates:

– Graduate/Master in Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry or similar.
– Proficient in spoken and written English. – Ability to work as a team and high motivation.
– Experience in molecular biology and microbiology will be highly valued.

Summary of conditions:

– Type of contract: contract for work or service

– Estimated duration: 6 months (renewable up to 3 years)

– Estimated start date of the contract: October 2020

– Salary: 1250 euros gross per month.

– Full-time work: (40 hours per week)

– Place of work: CINBIO – University of Vigo, Campus Lagoas-Marcosende (Spain).

How to apply:
All applications must be made via e-mail to:
Dr Gustavo Bodelón González gbodelon@uvigo.es (Subject line: BACTOSERS-PhD Position).

1. A motivation letter

2. Academic record

3. Full CV including contact details

4. 2 Reference letters

 

Application deadline: September 30th 2020.
UVigo/Colloid Chemistry Group is an equal opportunity employer.

 



JOB OPPORTUNITY – Predoctoral Researcher

Hiring of a Predoctoral Researcher for the Materials Chemistry and Physics and Colloid Chemistry groups, CINBIO – Campus Vigo Project:  RYC2018-026103-I & PID2019-108954RB-I0

 

REQUIREMENTS OF THE CANDIDATES:
– Bachelor / Graduate in Chemistry, Physics.

– Master in Chemistry or Materials Science

– Highly proficient in spoken and written English.

– Ability to work in a team and high motivation.

– Experience in wet chemistry methods and nanocrystal characterization will be highly valued.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CONTRACT:
– Type of contract: contract for work or service
– Estimated duration: 6 months (renewable up to 3 years)

– Estimated start date of the contract: 01-10-2020 (it can be negotiable depending on the personal situation of the candidate)

– Salary: 1,250 euros gross per month.
– Full-time work: (40 hours per week)

– Place of work: CINBIO – University of Vigo, Campus Lagoas-Marcosende.

SELECTION PROCESS:

It will be carried out based on the academic record (40%), CV (30%) and interview (30%).

 

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.
The selection process will be resolved by a commission made up of the group coordinator and two members of the research group.
Interested candidates should send

– CV/Professional Experience

– Academic record

– Motivation letter

to the e-mail address: lakshmi@uvigo.es or juste@uvigo.es indicating in the subject: MCP- CCG -PhD Position
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: SEPTEMBER 20th AT 10:00 PM
The selected candidate will be notified.

JOB OFFER – SARS-COV-2 BIOINFORMATICS

RESEARCH CONTRACT: SARS-COV-2 BIOINFORMATICS
– Workplace: Phylogenomics Lab, CINBIO, Universidade de Vigo
– Duration: 12 months starting Sept-Oct
– Gross remuneration: 16,000-25,000 euros per year depending on qualifications

TASKS TO BE PERFORMED
– Bioinformatic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomes

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS
– Experience in the analysis of next-generation sequencing data
– University degree of master or doctorate
– Medium-high English level

MERITS TO VALUE
– Bioinformatics knowledge
– Background in viral evolution
– Script programming
– Supercomputing capabilities

APPLICATION
Until August 7 to David Posada (dposada@uvigo.es), with “bioinfo epicovigal” in the subject of the email. Include:
– CV (1-3 pages)
– motivation letter (1 page)
– contact information for two references

WELCOME TO THE FIRST CINBIO EARLY RESEARCHERS PROMOTION

Neste período, O CINBIO foi acreditado como Centro Singular de Investigación dentro das axudas para acreditación, estruturación e mellora de centros de investigación do Sistema Universitario de Galicia. Grazas a esta axuda cofinanciada polos fondos FEDER puidéronse realizar unha serie de novas incorporacións que constitúen a primeira promoción de early researchers ou novos investigadores/as do CINBIO.

Tendo en conta que un dos nosos obxectivos principais do noso centro é multiplicar o retorno á sociedade en forma de profesionais e de transferencia do coñecemento científico, a decisión do CINBIO de inverter parte destas axudas na captación de capital humano xustifícase para asegurar o futuro das nosas investigacións, sempre co fin último de mellorar a sociedade.

Deste xeito, a maioiría destes novos investigadores e investigadoras son estudantes que se incorporan aos diferentes grupos do centro. En consonancia co noso espírito de internacionalización, non só hai novos membros de Galicia, senón que tamén contamos con xente chegada doutros países da Unión Europea como por exemplo Italia ou Polonia.

Así, os novos membros do CINBIO son Pilar Gallego García, Carlos López Solarat, Belén Arjones Fernández, Paula Piñeiro Varela, Óscar Iglesias Menduiña, Julia Majcherkiewicz, Marta Pita Fernández, Immacolata Maietta e Javier Freire González. Os grupos aos que pertencen son respectivamente Filoxenómica, Enfermidades Raras, TeamNanoTech, Química Coloidal, Química orgánica, Materiais Magnéticos, Física Aplicada e Inmunoloxía, sendo este último grupo o único que conta con dúas novas incorporacións.

Estes novos talentos conseguiron a súa praza nunha dura competición na que se premiaron tanto os esforzos observados a raíz da traxectoria profesional e os méritos académicos de cada un deles como tamén outras calidades que se consideran esenciais para o campo da investigación: unha grande motivación, proactividade, atención ao detalle e habilidade de traballar en equipo.

Por último, só nos queda darlles a benvida na espera de que a súa etapa no CINBIO sexa satisfactoria e productiva, e que por riba de todo lles axude a medrar no seu prometedor futuro profesional como investigadoras e investigadores.

New group Materials chemistry and physics

No CINBIO contamos con catorce grupos de investigación consolidados adscritos ás diferentes áreas do centro. Non obstante, dado que nos atopamos continuamente cunha perspectiva de mellora e crecemento, sempre estamos abertos a acoller novos grupos emerxentes. Co fin de ir agrandando a nosa comunidade, este mes inauguramos o grupo de Química e Física de Materiais, liderado polo investigador Lakshminarayana Polavarapu grazas a unha bolsa de investigación Ramón y Cajal e ao cofinanciamento dos fondos FEDER.

Recén chegado da Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (Alemaña), onde lideraba o grupo de Nanocristais de perovskita, este investigador principal é coautor dunha media de 70 publicacións e actualmente conta cun Índice H de 48, roldando as 7000 citas. Ademais, pertence ao comité editorial de Scientific Reports (unha revista de Nature Research) e foi editor invitado da colección temática sobre “Nanocristais de perovskita de haluro” publicada na revista Nanoscale no ano 2019.

Antes disto, o doutor Polavarapu pasou por diferentes universidades e centros de investigación creando un curriculum exemplar. No ano 2005 realizou un Mestrado en Química na University of Hyderabad en India. Posteriormente, obtivo o doutoramento en Fisicoquímica en 2011 pola Universidade Nacional de Singapur. O CINBIO non é estraño para este investigador, xa que despois de obter o doutoramento realizou unha estancia posdoutoral no CIC biomaGUNE e no grupo de Química Coloidal, actualmente liderado por Isabel Pastoriza.

Dende este ano 2020, Lakshminarayana Polavarapu incorporouse como investigador principal dun dos grupos emerxentes do noso centro. Neste equipo, explóranse diferentes enfoques de química húmida para controlar o tamaño, forma e composición de varios nanomateriais e así entender as súas propiedades. O grupo céntrase actualmente en nanocristais plasmónicos coloidais así como en nanocristais de perovskita de haluro emisor de luz, materiais 2D e puntos de carbono. Así mesmo, tamén están a traballar no desenvolvemento de varios enfoques químicos e físicos para o autoensamblado destes nanocristais en arquitecturas ordenadas para explorar o seu comportamento colectivo. Ademais, utilizan un amplo rango de técnicas de espectroscopía óptica para entender a emisión de luz, relaxación do portador de carga e transferencia de carga/enerxía en materiais compostos incluíndo sensores, fotocatálise, fotovoltaicos e dispositivos emisores de luz (LEDs).

Agardamos que este grupo vaia medrando pouco a pouco ata facerse grande nun futuro próximo, e que sexa o protagonista de novas investigacións e avances susceptibles de ser transferidos á sociedade.

Gold particles and contact lenses – TeamNanoTech

TeamNanoTech  researchers developed contact lenses that use tiny amounts of gold to help protect eyes from damaging light. They hope future versions will deliver medicine or detect diseases.

Máis información no artigo do Duvi. ➡️ http://ow.ly/nxOh30qEZu6

The paper published in the journal Applied Materials Today
➡️ https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2352940718306425?via%3Dihub

 

CINBIO cofinanced by ERDF funds.

OPEN CALL: POSTDOC/H2020-MSC INDIVIDUAL FELLOWSHIPS AT CINBIO

REFERENCE: CINBIO-MSC. POSTDOC/H2020-MSC INDIVIDUAL FELLOWSHIPS AT CINBIO/UNIVERSITY OF VIGO

Within the framework of the MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS – INDIVIDUAL FELLOWSHIPS (H2020-MSCA-IF-2020) CINBIO, acting as a host institution, welcomes applications from researchers in the following main areas:

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Nutrition and Bio-Health
  • Nanomaterials
  • Neurosciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Bioinformatics and Innovation

The MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE INDIVIDUAL FELLOWSHIPS are available for experienced researchers, of any nationality, who must have, at the date of the call’s deadline, a doctoral degree or at least four years of full time equivalent research experience. Eligible candidates must comply with MSCA MOBILITY RULES, included in the H2020 WORKPLAN.

Deadline for applications: 31 July 2020 / MSCA call deadline: 9 September 2020

 

Requested: Doctoral degree/PhD or at least four years of full time equivalent research experience in areas related to Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Informatics, Engineering, Physics, or Medicine.

Skills:

  • Excellent academic record, and strong interest in research, to join an established center with multiple lines of biomedical research, that will sure suit your curiosity.
  • Highest motivation to carry out scientific experiments in a reliable and efficient way, excellent communication skills; and willing to advance on their research pursuit.
  • Focus on the daily work, proactive, attentive to detail, autonomous, and able to collaborate in the lab tasks.
  • Participation on dissemination activities.
  • Command of English language.

Candidates should send before deadline, 31.07.2020:

 

  1. An application Form (Annex II, filename CINBIO- MSCA_YourName_Form.pdf).
  2. Title and summary of the work plan (written in English); (filename CINBIO-MSCA_YourName_WP.pdf).
  3. A detailed CV / Professional experience (filename CINBIO-MSCA_YourName_CV.pdf).
  4. A motivation letter explaining your trajectory in the last five years and explaining the relevance of your achievements (max. 5000 characters); (filename CINBIO-MSCA_YourName_LETTER.pdf).
  5. Academic record, including one copy of relevant publication written in English (filename CINBIO-MSCA_YourName_DEGREE.pdf).

Information to apply for this call (ANNEX I and II)

 

The documents should be sent to cinbio.dir.ugestion@uvigo.es . Specify Reference in the email subject: CINBIO-H2020-MSC-IF-YOUR NAME

CINBIO will select candidates that could be invited for a face-to-face or remote interview.

All qualified applications will be considered, and not discriminated against on the grounds of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, age or disability.

 

 

 

Job Offer: LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Team Nano Tech is looking for a laboratory technician to carry on laboratory tasks that will include management of the orders and supporting young researchers.

Research group : Team Nano Tech   The Biomedical Research Center (CINBIO) – University of Vigo
Ref. project: CTM2017 84050R

Offer Requirements
Required Education : Bachelor Degree or equivalent in Chemistry or Physics
Required Languages : Good command of english and Excellent Spanish

Offer 

Full time position (40 h/week) negotiable  later date

Duration : 6 months (renewable)

Salary : Up to 1.400 €/month (gross salary) according to experience

Workplace CINBIO- Campus Vigo (Spain).

Skills/Qualifications
Good interpersonal skills
The work experience in the position will be well valued

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Selection process: It will be based on the candidate update CV and experience.

SELECTION PROCESS

The selective process will be resolved by a committee formed by the coordinator and two members of the research group.Interested applicants may send their CV by e-mail to : macorrea@uvigo.es indicating the e-mail subject the reference “TNT-Laboratory Technician”Short listed candidates will be interviewed.Offered position : Job offer will be sent to the successful candidate.

Deadline for applications: 25th May2020 (14:00 PM, local time)

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