Research Associate in Biophysics

University College London - Department of Chemistry

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 cell biology, DNA nanotechnology and nucleic acids chemistry or cell biology.

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.  

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Stefan Howorka s.howorka@ucl.ac.uk . Any queries on accessing the online application link can be directed to Judith James, j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk , as we wish to encourage online applications. 

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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