in Proteomics and Functionalized Nanoparticles for the Analysis of Traces

As part of the DaVinciQD 2.0 project, funded by RAAK-PRO and conducted in collaboration with Saxion Hogeschool, Police Academy and the Netherlands Forensic Institute, we are looking for an enthusiastic PhD candidate. The candidate will engage in research focusing on the analysis of biological traces (fingerprints and blood stains), using proteomics. The research will focus on exploiting these differences between fresh and older traces, that can be made visible using functionalized fluorescent nanoparticles. Results of this research will be exploited to develop a new tool for the forensic researcher on the crime scene, in order to determine the age of biological traces on-site.

In this role, the doctoral candidate will apply advanced proteomics techniques to analyze the traces and investigate the temporal color changes that occur due to interactions with the nanoparticles. The candidate will also be responsible for identifying correlations between the color reactions and protein profiles within the traces and evaluating the influence of environmental factors on these processes.

We are looking for a candidate with a completed Master’s in analytical chemistry, bio-analysis, bioinformatics, or a closely related field. Experience with mass spectrometry, surface plasmon resonance (SPR), and fluorescence spectroscopy is a plus. The candidate must be able to work independently while also making a valuable contribution to a multidisciplinary team. Enrollment at the University of Twente as part of the doctoral trajectory is required.

We offer a full doctoral position for a period of four years, access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities at the Netherlands Forensic Institute and the University of Twente, and a broad network of forensic experts. The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to publish their research in leading scientific journals.

Candidates interested in this position can send their letter of motivation and curriculum vitae to appliednanotechnology.led@saxion.nl (addressed to dr. Martin Bennink). For more information, please contact dr. Marcel de Puit (m.depuit@tudelft.nl).