Research Associate in Digital Microfluidics for Molecular Computation

University of York - Department of Electronic Engineering

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Electronic Engineering within the Faculty of Sciences at the University of York. You will report to Prof. Andrew Tyrrell and Dr. Steven Johnson and will investigate digital microfluidic systems for autonomous control of DNA machines. The post is part of a large research project, supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

We are seeking a dynamic Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a project that will develop and demonstrate a digital microfluidic (DMF) system based on droplet actuation by electrowetting on dielectric. While DMF has been demonstrated for a range of lab-on-chip applications, here the application is highly novel and focussed on the demonstration of an autonomous DNA molecular machine. You will conduct research under the supervision of senior colleagues and contribute to the production of research outputs. Working within a multi-disciplinary team, you will be responsible for developing robust approaches for the microfabrication of the DMF chip, integration with a fluorometer for monitoring the results of DNA computation and finally demonstration of a DMF-controlled autonomous DNA machine. You will assist in the identification and development of potential areas of research and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects.

Essential criteria for the position are a PhD (completed or near completion) degree or equivalent experience in Electronic Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or cognate area with a first degree in Engineering or a Physical Science or equivalent (minimum 2:1 or equivalent).

You will be skilled in experimental design, experimental practice and data analysis and will have experience of carrying out both independent and collaborative research. Highly developed communication skills are expected, to engage effectively with a wide ranging audience, both orally and in writing, using a range of media. You will possess the ability to write up research work for high-profile publications and engage in public dissemination.

You will have practical experience of DNA nanotechnology, experience of inter-disciplinary research and of writing up research work for publication. The ability to work as part of a team and also to work independently using your own initiative is essential.

The position is funded until 28/02/19. Salary is on Grade 6 which starts at £31,604.00

The closing date for applications is 4 January 2018

Informal enquiries relating to the role may be directed to Prof Andy Tyrrell or Dr Steven Johnson

Or alternatively to Anju Johnson for general information about working in the department (email:

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