UCL Department / Division
(inclusive of London allowance)
£34,056 to £41,163 per annum
Duties and Responsibilities
The Research Associate will work with Prof. Stefan Howorka in the Department of Chemistry at
University College London in a biophysics position which is part of a joint Leverhulme project, ‘New
chemical tools to probe lipid bilayer thickness‘ with Prof. Ulrike Eggert, King’s College London. The
postholder will perform research in both laboratories.
The postholder will be required to biophysically characterize molecular rulers composed of DNA
strands and study their interaction with lipid bilayers of synthetic or biological origin. The DNA rulers
will be used to measure biophysical properties of the bilayers such as membrane thickness using
biophysical techniques including fluorescence microscopy, with the goal of application to live cells.
The post is funded by the Leverhulme Trust for 30 months and is available from 1 January 2018.
The successful candidate will have a PhD degree (or will have submitted their thesis prior to taking
up the position) in Biophysics, Chemical Biology, Biological Chemistry, Cell or Molecular Biology (or
equivalent) and possess experience in the following areas: fluorescence microscopy, lipid bilayer
biophysics including formation of synthetic membranes, fundamental molecular biology. Experience
in DNA nanotechnology and nucleic acids chemistry or cell biology is desirable.
Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not
the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6 (salary £29,809 to £31,432 per
annum, including London Allowance of £2,980 p.a.) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the
date of final submission of the PhD thesis.
A job description and Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.
To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.
For informal enquiries please contact Professor Stefan Howorka firstname.lastname@example.org
Any queries on accessing the online application link can be directed to Judith James,
We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.
15 Aug 2017
Latest time for the submission of applications
Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, which illustrates our commitment to addressing gender equality.
This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.
Please use these links to find out more about the UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job, employee benefits that we offer and further information about UCL .
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