Postdoctoral Research Associate from £29,515 up to £34,189 on Grade E. Postdoctoral Research Fellow from £35,211 up to £43,267 on Grade F. Appointment will be made to the appropriate level, depending on qualifications and experience.
Job Category: Research
College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences - Living Systems Institute
The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate or Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the work of Professor Frank Vollmer. This full-time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis for up to 36 months from the start date.
Summary of the role/position
Laser light can be used to perform multiple roles, including manipulating and moving objects within a laser trap (so-called optical tweezers). You will develop an entirely novel and much more sensitive extension of the optical tweezer technology as part of the UKRI Molecular Mechanics Initiative at the University of Exeter. The UKRI funded Molecular Mechanics Initiative is a cutting-edge research programme that aims to achieve breakthroughs in how we detect, analyse, and manipulate molecules at the ultimate single-molecule level. The programme will develop a novel laser sensing and molecular mechanics analysis capabilities which will be at the forefront of developments showing that the technique holds the key to the next generation of enabling analytical and healthcare technologies on sensor chips. Our approach will unravel nature's design principles for nanomachines, and will allow us to realise synthetic biomolecular machinery and designer enzymes in the longer term. Measurements of energy landscapes combined with visualisation of enzyme movements will allow us to develop more accurate models for molecular machines.
You are a biophysicist experienced with single-molecule studies. You have experience with developing single-molecule sensing, measurement and manipulation capabilities. You are excited about working as part of a multi-disciplinary team composed of phycisists, engineers, and biologists. You will work at the newly established Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter which provides state-of-the-art research facilities for realising one of the first optical approaches to study the energetics and dynamics of biomolecular machines: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/livingsystems/
Extensive experience with single molecule experiments, and the application of biophysical single-molecule techniques is required. Familiarity with nanoparticle or single-molecule optical sensing, trapping or manipulation is desirable.
For the Postdoctoral Research Associate
The successful applicant will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.
Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) in Biophysics, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will experienced in chemistry, surface chemistry, molecular machines, molecular electronics, or single-molecules.
For the Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.
Applicants will possess a relevant PhD in Biophysics, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in chemistry, surface chemistry, molecular machines, molecular electronics, or single-molecules and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.
This role may be subject to additional background screening.
The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.
Additional Salary Information: Postdoctoral Research Associate from £29,515 up to £34,189 on Grade E. Postdoctoral Research Fellow from £35,211 up to £43,267 on Grade F. Appointment will be made to the appropriate level, depending on qualifications and experience.
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