Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Updated: 12 months ago
Location: London, ENGLAND
Deadline: 03 Nov 2017

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £36,677 (Grade 5)
Reference: QMUL13109
Date posted: 20-Oct-2017
Closing date: 03-Nov-2017

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A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available in the Department of Chemistry of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The researcher will be working under the supervision of Dr Matteo Palma (Dept. of Chemistry, QMUL). The project is centred on the use of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for the fabrication of Solution processable Biochips with Multi-Sensing Capability. This will allow ultrahigh sensitive detection of selected biomarkers.

As a member of the prestigious Russell Group, QMUL is one of UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions, where multidisciplinary research is carried out at the highest level. Access to fume-hoods and appropriate bench space as well as all the standard (bio)chemistry equipment will be available in the state-of-the-art Joseph Priestley chemistry building, where the post-doc will be located. In addition, the Palma laboratory has recently purchased a Scanning Probe Microscopy set-up (Bruker dimension icon), and has further access at QMUL to Focused Ion-Beam (FEI quanta), SEM and TEM.

The primary goal of the project is to combine nano-fabrication, carbon nanotube assembly, and molecular-specific aptamer identification to develop ultrahigh sensitive (electrical) biosensing platforms. The successful candidate will have at least one year of postdoctoral experience and a PhD or equivalent in chemistry, physics, engineering or other relevant discipline. The candidate will have experience in materials science research and sensing investigations with carbon nanotubes, with an established track record of success in high-quality original research. Applicants should have a solid grounding in different aspects of materials science research, from basic wet-chemistry skills, to experience with scanning probe microscopy, nanofabrication/nanopatterning, and and Dielectrophoresis alignment of carbon nanotubes. Additionally, candidates should be expected to demonstrate experience in supervising PhD students as a postdoctoral scientist. During the project, the PDRA will have the opportunity to develop their supervision, writing, communication and organisational skills. Duties may also include assisting in the training and supervision of PhD and final year project students.

The position is full time and available for 1 year, with a start date of 1st December 2017. The starting salary will be £36,677 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and a defined benefit pension scheme.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

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The closing date for applications is 3 November 2017. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.

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