PhD Studentship: Super-Resolution Imaging of Supramolecular Host-Guest Complexes

University of Cambridge - Department of Chemistry

A 4-year PhD studentship is available starting in October 2018 or January 2019 jointly supervised by Professor Oren Scherman and Dr Steven Lee in a collaborative project involving both materials and physical chemistry. The project will explore novel multi-dimensional super-resolution imaging techniques to study and characterise the physical principles and applications of supramolecular dyes in a materials context. The project will require a multi-disciplinary approach across the areas of molecular, supramolecular and materials chemistry as well as super-resolution microscopy. Candidates must have strong motivation to work on a multi-disciplinary project and a desire to learn a range of skills from traditional organic and polymer synthesis to supramolecular chemistry as well as modelling and kinetic analysis of single-molecule fluorescence data.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first class or upper second-class honors degree (and preferably a MSc or equivalent degree) in chemistry or other relevant discipline.  Applicants should have experience in biophysics, physical chemistry, optics, photonics or related areas. Experience with single-molecule fluorescence techniques, hardware automation and programming would be advantageous. Candidates should have a keen interest in applying physical methods to complex systems and enjoy working in a highly multi-disciplinary, dynamic and collaborative environment.

Prospective applicants should contact both Professor Scherman (email: and Dr Steven Lee (email: before making a formal application.  Applications should include a cover letter highlighting what you can bring to the project, your CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details for two academic referees, and should be emailed in the form of a single pdf file (no more than 2MB) to both Professor Scherman and Dr Lee.

Please quote reference MA14298 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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