Vacancy for Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) @ Faculty of Engineering and Technology (MMU, Melaka)

Project Title: Study of dielectrophoretic and magnetophoretic nanoparticle manipulation in continuous flow microfluidic systems for biochemical analysis platforms
Short Description:
Nanoparticles in microfluidic systems can be controlled and manipulated either ?passively? or ?actively?. Passive manipulation forces include Van der Waals attraction, self-assembly, stearic interaction, Brownian motion and charged dipole interaction. Such passive manipulation techniques are not capable of high levels of control, consistency and repeatability. In contrast, active forces are externally applied and are able to provide particle displacements and motional trajectories which are consistent and precise. The opportunities for realizing microfluidic systems useful for biological and chemical analysis incorporating such precise particle motions are therefore much more promising. In this research, the researcher will concentrate on applying such active particle manipulation forces focusing on dielectrophoretic, hydrodynamic and magnetophoretic forces. The researcher aims to explore these forces individually and to apply them in combination in order to align, position, pack and disperse synthetic and biological particles according to their properties. The suitable forces applied will be studied and compared in terms of its effects on different particle sizes, physical, chemical and biological properties and its properties relative to that of the suspending media. The researcher aims to understand what types of forces can be applied in order to obtain repeatable measurements of particle sorting and alignment in clusters, down to the single particle level. Additionally, the researcher aims to record and analyse these particle control morphologies of applying such forces in order to manipulate particles effectively while preventing particle damage, dormancy and latency especially for the case of biological particles. These activities are expected to reveal why certain manipulative forces are more or less dominant under certain conditions and they will provide valuable insight into the effective and proper preparative handling and motional manipulation of particles suitable for chemical and biological analysis
Project Duration: 2 Years (Masters) / 3 Years (PhD)
Research Cluster: Technology and Engineering
Funding Agency: Ministry of Education (MOE)
Funding Scheme: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS)
Location: Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University Melaka and the Institute of Microengineering and Nanotechnology (IMEN), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi.

Responsibilities:

  • Pursuing Master of Engineering Science, M.Eng.Sc (by research)
    enrolled in UKM
  • Publish research findings related to research in at least 3 journal papers for PhD and 2 journal papers for Masters level.
  • Up to 4 hours per week of administrative work assigned by the Faculty.

Benefits (not limited to):

  • Monthly salary (According to FRGS scheme RM1800-RM2000).
  • Waived tuition fees (separate application is required).
  • Additional allowance top-up (subject to approval from University)
  • Attending local conferences/trainings.

Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Nanotechnology/Electronics/Electrical/Optical/Materials Engineering with a respectable CGPA.
  • Background knowledge and interest on nanoparticles, microfluidics, micro/nano fabrication and characterization.
  • Independent, self-motivated, keen to learn, creative, good communication skills, English language proficiency and able to work under pressure.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should send their up-to-date CVs (including publication (if any), photograph and contact details of 2 referees) via email to
Dr. Aminuddin Kayani
at aminuddin.kayani@mmu.edu.my