Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Queen Mary University of London - School of Biological & Chemical Sciences

A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) in the group of Prof. Tony Vlcek, to work on the project "Structural dynamics and photoinduced electron transfer".

The project combines synthesis of photoactive metal complexes and redox proteins labelled with transition-metal complexes acting as photosensitizers, investigations of photoinduced electron transfer and relaxation dynamics using advanced laser spectroscopic techniques (1- and 2-dimensional time-resolved IR spectroscopy, femtosecond stimulated Raman), and theoretical modelling. It aims to unravel fundamental aspects of excited-state electron transfer processes and their coupling with relaxation dynamics of the environment, with possible applications in photocatalysis, bioelectronics, and solar energy conversion. The research will require extensive collaboration, namely with the Lasers for Science Facility at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry in Prague.

Queen Mary is one of the top research-led universities in the UK and was ranked 9th among the UK multi-faculty universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). All postdoctoral researchers are part of the QMUL Doctoral College, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

The postdoctoral research will focus on development, synthesis, and characterization of photoactive transition metal complexes, their donor-acceptor assemblies, and metallolabelled redox proteins and on their experimental photochemical/photophysical investigations. Active participation in ultrafast spectroscopic experiments at state-of-the-art laser facilities (RAL, ELI Beamlines), data analysis and interpretation will be another important aspect of the work.

Access to fume-hoods and bench space, as well as all the standard (bio) chemistry equipment will be available in the Joseph Priestley chemistry building, where the postdoc will be located. The School operates a Protein Production Facility staffed with a qualified biochemist, where the redox proteins will be made and purified.

The ideal candidate should have a PhD in coordination/organometallic or synthetic organic chemistry, and/or in experimental photochemistry/photophysics. Previous experience in synthesis and characterization of organic ligands and their complexes is essential, experience in protein chemistry and/or laser spectroscopy would be an advantage. A track record in high-quality original research and peer-reviewed publishing is essential. Duties may also include limited teaching activities (supervision of project students, tutorials, and lab demonstrating), which will enhance postdoc's experience and qualification.

This is a full-time, fixed term post available for a period of 3 years. The start date is 01/10/2018 or as soon as possible hereafter. The starting salary is £32,956 - 36,677 per annum and is inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave and a defined benefits pension scheme.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries for further information are welcomed and may be made to Prof. Antonin Vlcek, email:

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The closing date for applications is 02 May 2018. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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