Research Assistant in Single Molecule Nanotechnology

University of Leeds - School of Biomedical Sciences

Fixed-Term for 20 months due to external funding.

Are you an early career researcher looking for your first challenge? Do you have a background in single molecule nanotechnology? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive Universities?

We are looking for an enthusiastic, ambitious, and self-motivated scientist to join the labortory of  Dr Isuru Jayasinghe on a 20 month Wellcome Trust Seed funded project.

You will support the refinement of a new microscopy technique called DNA-PAINT and its preliminary application to studying biological tissues. The role will involve the production and refinement of imaging probes which are either DNA-protein conjugates or DNA nanostructures and their application through custom-made microfluidic devices integrated into a state-of-the-art single molecule localisation microscope. The probes will be used for immunolabelling of a range of tissues to visualise intrinsic protein and membrane structures.

You will have first degree/Masters in Chemistry, Biotechnology, Engineering, Physics, Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, or a closely allied discipline, along with experience in nucleic acid chemistry and fluorescence microscopy.

The University of Leeds and the Faculty of Biological Sciences are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN (the national body that promotes gender equality in higher education), and the Faculty of Biological Sciences gained a Bronze award in 2014 and submitted an application for a Silver award in April 2017. We are proud to be an inclusive Faculty that values all staff, and are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees. Our Athena SWAN webpage provides more information.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Dr Isuru Jayasinghe, Lecturer in Cardiovascular Science
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 9683, email:

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