Researcher Position in Edible Electronics - [ Researcher ]

Workplace: Milano, IIT@Polimi
Added on: 21/04/2020 - Expires on: 20/06/2020

Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – IIT ( is opening a Researcher Position in Edible Electronics, for the recruiting of a brilliant young Researcher in the context of an ambitious and visionary ERC Consolidator Grant Project named “ELFO: Electronic Food” - GA nr 864299, with the aim of enabling future edible electronic systems for biomedical and food monitoring applications.

The Researcher will directly lead tasks in the development of edible electronic systems based on food or food derivatives, and will also have supervision and management duties in collaboration with the PI of the project, Dr. Mario Caironi.

ELFO will provide the foundations of a new enabling technology for disruptive edible electronic systems, with applications in advanced biomedical devices for continuous monitoring of the health status within the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract, as well as in electronic tags for food monitoring, serving public health and providing at the same time a very powerful tool against counterfeiting. These systems will be unperceivable and mass produced mainly with mask-less, printing and direct-writing methods. Besides being completely safe for ingestion, such devices will also be perceived as food, favouring public acceptance. Such an ambitious plan will be implemented by: i) creating knowledge on electronic properties of food and food derivatives and complementing them with edible solution-processable, mainly carbon-based semiconductors, thus developing an extended library of edible electronic materials; ii) developing large-area, solution-based, printing and direct-writing scalable processes with high lateral resolution for the precise patterning of edible functional materials; iii) developing edible electronic components required in systems, from logic to power and sensors; iv) validating the progress with two proof-of-concept systems, an edible radio-frequency pill with controlled drug delivery, answering the need for compliance monitoring devices and actuators within the gut, and an edible passive food Radio-Frequency identification tag, answering the need for certification and anti-counterfeiting devices directly onto or into food products. ELFO will give solid engineering grounds to the visionary perspectives of edible electronics, introducing imperceptible intelligence in any edible item, thus accessing more information on what we eat, how it is assimilated and enabling biomedical devices for mass health screening.

This research activity will be carried out within the “Printed and Molecular Electronics” Research Line, led by the PI Dr. Mario Caironi, located at the “Center for Nano Science and Technology” of the Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Milan (Italy)..

Eligible applicants are required to have an early stage (> 2 years from the PhD) track record of high level publications in international journals in topics closely related to solution-processed sustainable and large-area, printed electronics.

The applicants are also required to have a PhD in either Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or Engineering (Energy, Physics, Chemistry, Materials, Electronics).

Proven experimental expertise in the development of solution-processed electronic devices, especially based on organic semiconductors, is required. A background in food science will be considered a very strong asset, as well as proven team-working capability, experience in the supervision of students/young researchers and experience in international laboratories. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic in tackling challenging studies and is naturally interested in the applications of newly acquired knowledge. He/She is fluent in English.

The closing date for applications is June 20th, 2020 and applications, including a detailed CV, 3 representative publications and 1 page of research statement in PDF format, should be sent to quoting “Research Position in Edible Electronics - CB 78416” in the subject line.

Candidates must also request 3 reference letters from experts, who should send them directly in PDF format to

Salary will be commensurate to qualifications and experience and in line with international standards.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with its headquarters in Genova, Italy, is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italy’s technological competitiveness. The institute offers state-of-the-art equipment and a top-level interdisciplinary research environment focused on robotics and computer vision, neuroscience, drug discovery, nanoscience and technology.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia is an Equal Opportunity Employer that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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Printed and Molecular Electronics


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