Open positions at the Chair of Aroma and Smell Research
If there are currently no open positions and you are interested in working with us, please contact Dr. Helene Loos (Aroma and Smell Research), Prof. Danijela Gregurec (Biointerfaces Lab) or Nadine Goldenstein (Management).
Doctoral Researchers (m/f/d) for Cluster 3 of Research Training Group 2950 SyMoCADS
Research Training Group (RTG) 2950 – Synthetic Molecular Communications Across Different Scales: From Theory to Experiments (SyMoCADS) is a research training program funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with the aim to educate scientists and engineers in this emerging interdisciplinary field of research. The RTG comprises of ten principal advisors (PAs) from the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, the Medical Faculty, and the University Hospital. Research takes place in an excellent scientific environment at FAU, with top-notch instrumentation in the laboratories of the participating principal advisors (PAs).
The research program, consisting of 9 doctoral research projects organized in 3 clusters (C1- C3), and the structured qualification program aim to equip the participating doctoral researchers with the knowledge and skill set needed to significantly advance the field of molecular communication (MC) and to bring it to the realm of practical applications. Cluster C3 focuses on the development of models, designs, and system architectures for airborne MC and includes the following three projects:
Project P7: Transmitter Systems for Releasing and Sending Airborne MC Signals as “Odor Objects”
• PA: Prof. Andrea Büttner (Chair of Aroma and Smell Research)
• Project aim: The fundamental principles of releasing and sending information as odor objects in airborne MC systems, considering molecular-structural aspects and using theoretical and
experimental approaches will be investigated in collaboration with P8 and P9.
• Qualification profile: Master degree in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Sensor Technology, Physics, Chemistry or a related field
Project P8: Receiver Architectures for Information Recovery from Airborne MC Signals
• PA: Dr. Helene Loos (Chair of Aroma and Smell Research)
• Project aim: Investigation of sensing architectures using theoretical and experimental approaches for airborne molecular communication, particularly with respect to a robust detection of
odor objects, will be performed.
• Qualification profile: Master degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or a related field
Project P9: Theoretical Modelling, Design, and Analysis of Olfaction-inspired Molecule-Mixture Communications
• PA: Prof. Vahid Jamali (Resilient Communication Systems)
• Project aim: Communication-theoretical models, modulation, and detection schemes for the olfactory-inspired MC systems studied in P7 and P8 will be developed. Optimization of the studied MC systems for efficient operation, e.g., the optimal odor mixture code or 3D arrangement of release and reception sites, will be performed. The developed theory will be verified and refined using measurement data collected in P7 and P8.
• Qualification profile: Master degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Communications or a related field
- TV-L E13 positions (according to the DFG discipline specific guidelines) for up to four years starting on 1. June 2024
- High quality interdisciplinary research in an emerging and fascinating field of research
- A structured supervision and qualification program
- Support through childcare services
Applicants are expected to have achieved outstanding grades in their Bachelor and Master programs. Prior publications are an asset but not required.
Application via e-mail: Please submit a single pdf file, including a motivation letter (max. 1 page, specifying which project you would like to work on and why you feel you are well qualified for the project), curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages), and copies of graduation certificates and transcript of records to email@example.com by January 15, 2024. Later applications might also be considered but some positions may not be available anymore.
In its pursuit of academic excellence, FAU is committed to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity. FAU promotes professional equality for women. Female applicants are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.
For further information contact PD Dr. Anna Maria Becker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
for Bachelor, Master, Diploma and State Exam theses for students from the fields of Chemistry (especially Food Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry), Molecular Sciences, Food Technologies, Nutrition Sciences, Material Sciences and related programs. In general, we offer theses in various areas of research related to our current research projects. Also check available options for theses with our colleagues at Fraunhofer IVV. If you are interested to do a thesis in a specific topic, please contact Dr. Helene Loos or Prof. Danijela Gregurec.
Synthesis and Characterization of Odor Active Substances, Examination of Structure-Odor Relations
The aim of the work is the synthesis of structurally related volatile compounds potentially included as odorants in food, plant materials or synthetic materials (such as plastics). The synthesized target components are characterized by analytical parameters such as mass spectra, NMR spectra or retention indices. In addition, their odor properties are recorded and possible structure-odor-relationships will be identified. Furthermore, the human sensory evaluation of the compounds and the determination of odor thresholds are performed.
Applicants need in-depth knowledge of the synthesis of organic compounds and must have sufficient laboratory experience to ensure safe and independent work. Experience with sensory examinations and analytical methods, in particular gas chromatography, as well as MS and NMR would be an advantage.
For queries and applications, please contact Dr. Helene Loos.
Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Odorous Substances
The aim of the work is the analytical characterization of odor-active substances, which are potentially important in food, plant materials or synthetic materials such as plastics for the aroma or the smell of the product. The target components are identified and quantified in the respective materials by analytical methods, in particular gas chromatography-olfactometry (GC-O) or GC-MS. In order to be able to quantify the substances in the respective materials by means of GC-MS, the synthesis of stable isotope-labeled analogues of the odor-active substances may also be part of the work.
Applicants must be able to work independently and safely in chemical laboratories and must have in-depth knowledge of the analysis of organic, in particular volatile compounds. Initial experiences with gas chromatographic analyses as well as experiences in sensory examinations and other analytical methods, in particular MS and NMR, are preferable.
For queries and applications, please contact Dr. Helene Loos.