PostDoc Position,

Contact Person(s):
Dr. Emmanuel Stratakis
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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 “Development of Interdisciplinary Research Activities towards System Biology (BIOSYS)” which is a “National development action” (Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship, NSRF 2007-2013), is seeking for one (1) Post-doctoral Researcher.


Project Objectives
The main objective of this project is the formation of metallic or metal oxide bionanoconjugates. Bionanoconjugates are functionalized nanoparticles, attached to biomolecules. The formation method is based on laser ablation of the metal or metal oxide immersed in an appropriate liquid medium (solution). The biomolecules (or other species that will subsequently react with the biomolecules) are present in the solution and will act as capping agent, preventing the agglomeration of the formed nanoparticles and stabilizing the obtained colloid.
The conjugation of biomolecules with metallic nanoparticles obtained by laser ablation can be favoured by a more thorough understanding of the ablated metal – biomolecule interaction. To this end, we propose a series of comprehensive gas phase studies of molecular aggregates (clusters). The formation of clusters by laser ablation in a modified closed-type source and their stability will be studied by mass spectrometry. Information on the size and structure of the clusters can be derived from collision induced fragmentation experiments.
·         PhD  in Physics, or relevant
·         Experience in Laser ablation in liquid medium
·         Experience in Laser ablation mass spectrometry
·         Cluster studies – collision-induced dissociation
·         Experience in nanoparticles characterization
·         Scientific publications relative to cluster research
Location: Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Start Date:  6th  October 2014
Contract Duration: 12 Months
Application Submission
Interested candidates are asked to submit applications no later than the 18th of August 2014 by email to with cc to the Scientific Coordinator of the project, Dr Emmanuel Stratakis (

The application package must include the following:
·         Application Form (please download file at the end of the page and mention the Ref. Code)
·         Curriculum Vitae of the candidate
·         Scanned copies of academic titles
Any application received after the above deadline will not be considered.
For inquiries on the application selection procedure:  tel. 2810-391301, 2810-391353.
For information on the research activity: Dr Emmanuel Stratakis ( tel. 2810-391274.
Selection Procedure
Applications submitted by the above deadline and with all requested documentation will be reviewed by the scientific committee. The committee will select the candidate that best suits the position and project requirements based on academic criteria (see Appendix). If necessary the scientific committee will invite candidates for an interview on a mutually agreed date and time.
The evaluation results will be posted on the IESL-FORTH web site and, following a period for appeals (5 working days), the scientific committee will make the final selection.



Project Members
Dr. Emmanuel Stratakis

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Publication Date:  6/8/2014