Research Associate in Organic Materials Chemistry for Chemo- & Biosensing

University College London - UCL Chemical Engineering

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £34,635 - £ 41,864  per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

UCL is one of the leading multidisciplinary universities in Europe with around 8,000 staff and 25,000 students. The position is advertised by the Adaptive & Responsive Nanomaterials Group led by Dr Stefan Guldin and based at the Department of Chemical Engineering. Funding is provided by an EU H2020 initiative on personalised health care titled “Point-of-care microfluidic device for quantification of chemotherapeutic drugs in small body fluid samples by highly selective nanoparticle extraction and liquid crystal detection”, with a total budget of € 5.3M and an international consortium that includes universities, university hospitals and industrial partners. The main aim will be to understand molecular design rules for the solubility of gold nanoparticles in liquid crystals and exploit these for the development of a point-of-care detection platform for chemotherapeutic drugs. Core tasks will include ligand synthesis as well as the identification and rationalisation of solubility parameters for ligand-shell mediated nanoparticle-stimuli interactions. Furthermore, engagement with a related project on thin layer chromatography based separation is expected. The post is funded until April 2019 in the first instance.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD in Chemistry or a closely related discipline. Must be motivated, independent and hard-working with a strong research/technical background in areas relevant to this project, such as organic synthesis, physical chemistry and solvation. Sound knowledge of a variety of chromatography techniques as well as spectroscopy techniques is essential. Interest in working with liquid crystals and microfluidics, studying interfacial phenomena with a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring and developing routes for colourimetric biochemical sensing is expected. Training will be provided where necessary.

UCL vacancy reference: 1691371

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

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact Dr Stefan Guldin at . If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact David Alabaster ( 

Interview Date: TBC

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