PostDoc Position,

Contact Person(s):
Prof. Maria Chatzinikolaidou
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The Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser (IESL) of the Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), in the frame of the project «In vitro assessment of OSTEOinductive BIOMIMEtic and polymeric compoSIte biomaterial Scaffolds for bone tissue repair» which is an “ARISTEIA II” action, is seeking for one (1) Post-doctoral researcher



The purpose of the project is the design of a bi-functional self-assembling peptide-based elastic fibrous nanomatrix, reinforced with a calcium phosphate ‘filler’ to create a protein-mineral hydrogel-composite and the synthesis of hydrogel-copolymeric composites with various chemical compositions. The changes in the hydrogel-composites’ mechanical and nanomechanical properties in the hydrated state will be systematically studied, and the scaffolds’ osteogenic potential in vitro in pre-osteoblasts and human bone marrow MSCs will be assessed.

·         Bachelor in Chemical Engineering
·         Master  and PhD in  the field of Materials Science and Technology
·         Experience in nanomechanical properties characterization of soft matter and biomaterials
·         Experience in synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials
·         Experience in using and analyzing experimental techniques of spectroscopy (etc FTIR) and scanning probe microscopy (SPM)
Additional Qualifications
·         Excellent knowledge of English language (competency in speaking and writing)
·         Scientific Publications
Location: Vasilika Vouton – Heraklion Crete
Budget: 2.300 €
Start Date:  01.10.2014
Contract Duration: 1 Month, with the option for extension
Application Submission
Interested candidates who meet the aforementioned requirements are kindly asked to submit their applications, no later than 08/08/2014 by email to, with cc to the Scientific Coordinator of the project, Dr.Maria Chatzinikolaidou (

In order to be considered, the application must include:
·         Application Form (please download file at the end of the webpage and mention the Ref. Code)
·         Brief  CV
·         Scanned copies of academic titles
Any application received after the deadline will not be considered for the selection.
For information and questions regarding the application and selection procedure, candidates can contact the Recruiting Coordinator ( ) tel. +30 2810-391353 and +30 2810-391301
For information and questions about the advertised position and the research activity of the group or the institute, candidates should contact the Scientific Coordinator, Dr. Maria Chatzinikolaidou ( tel. 2810-394276
Selection Procedure
Applications that are received on time are going to be reviewed by the scientific committee. The committee will select the candidacy that best matches the position and project requirements, based on the score that it will get according to the criteria table as shown on the Appendix in the end of the present announcement. If necessary, certain candidates will be invited to a personal interview with the committee on a specific date and time that will be announced.
The successful candidate will be personally notified and will be asked to present the required documents in original form within seven (7) working days after the results announcement on the web and the time period for appeals. In the case that the presented documents don’t match those submitted, the candidate will be dismissed from the procedure.

Project Members
Prof. Maria Chatzinikolaidou

Download the Application form (English | Greek)

Publication Date:  22/7/2014