Post-doctoral fellowship in Microelectronics

 A postdoctoral position is available at Laboratory of Microelectronics in the Department of Electronics Systems Engineering at Polytechnic School of University of São Paulo (EPUSP). The application is linked to São Paulo Research Foundation -- FAPESP's Technological Innovation Program (process 2013/50440-7, from 01/05/2016 to 30/04/2019) in partnership with SABESP (São Paulo Water and Sanitation Company).
PITE project's general goal is to develop chemical sensors based system to detect 2-methylisoborneol (MIB) and geosmin (GSM) in the water distributed to the population from the Metropolitan Region of São Paulo (MRSP). It is expected that the system developed performs analysis in-situ and faster than the analytical instrumentation currently used.
The present postdoctoral project, in turn, aims to develop specific chemical sensors based on molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) to detect MIB and GSM in water samples from the water reservoirs located at the MRSP. Therefore different polymeric matrix and their interactions with the template (MIB or GSM) will be investigated. Also, the deposition parameters that influence the morphological and electrical characteristics of the nanostructured imprinted films will be evaluated. Impedance measurements will be used for water analysis.
For the development of this project, the selected postdoctoral fellow will receive a FAPESP’s full-time postdoctoral fellowship in the amount of R$ 7.174,80 (monthly) for 12 months. A research contingency fund, equivalent to 15% of the annual value of the fellowship which may be spent only in items directly related to the research activity. Requirements and benefits are available at


Required skills and experience

a. Interested candidates must have completed their Ph.D. in Electric or Electronic Engineering, with emphasis on Microelectronic or in an area related to the intended project;
b. Must be independent, willing to work in a team and have good communication skills;
c. Excellent communication skills in English;
d. The position requires previous experience (proof documented) in thin film deposition techniques (layer-by-layer and spin coating), impedance spectroscopy, chemical sensors and molecularly imprinted polymers. Also, it is desired the candidate to be familiar with qualitative and quantitative methods of data analysis, such as Principal Component Analysis and Partial Least Squares.
Documents required for application
The following documents should be sent in PDF format to Prof. Fernando J. Fonseca by email ( until September 20, 2017:
a. Updated Lattes Curriculum (brazilians) or a full CV (foreigners);
b. Cover letter, explaining the reasons for your application to the open position;
c. Curricular Summary, as described in;
d. A list with the contact details form 3 references.
If necessary, an interview face to face or via Skype will be schedule.
It is worth noting that incomplete applications will not be considered for evaluation.