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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Queen Mary University of London - School of Engineering and Materials Science

Location: London
Salary: £32,956
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th August 2018
Closes: 8th September 2018
Job Ref: QMUL15286

Postdoctoral Research Assistant on Advanced Supramolecular Biomineralizing Materials

Applications are invited for Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work with Professor Alvaro Mata in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) at Queen Mary University of London.

The research project will be focused on the design and use of peptide- and protein-based supramolecular matrixes to guide biomineralization processes hierarchically and with spatio-temporal control. The goal will be to generate functional materials with advanced properties based on new molecular designs and supramolecular mechanisms. The study will be developed at the interface of key areas including biomineralization, intrinsically disordered proteins, elastin-like polypeptides, and supramolecular biomaterials. The project will arise from a recent technology established in the Mata Laboratory (

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Organic Chemistry, Materials Science, Molecular Biology, or Engineering and experience in biomineralization as well as one or more of the following areas:

1) elastin-like polypeptides,

2) disordered proteins,

3) supramolecular materials.

The project is designed to enable an outstanding candidate to thrive while developing strong scientific and leadership skills. It provides an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic and highly interdisciplinary group that provides an optimum environment for conducting high impact cutting edge research, collaborating with world leading groups, and have real impact in patients’ lives.

As a member of the prestigious Russell Group, QMUL is one of UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions, where multidisciplinary research is carried out at the highest level. Access to a large variety of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities will be available.

The post is a full time, fixed term appointment for 21 months and is available from September 2018. Starting salary will be £32,956 per annum. Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan and is inclusive of London Allowance.

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 should be addressed to Alvaro Mata or +44 (0)20 7882 6279.

Details about the school can be found at

To apply for the role, please click the link below.

The closing date for applications is 8 September 2018. Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

The School of Engineering & Materials Science and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.

The School of Engineering and Material Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award and is a registered member of WISE. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the WISE principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

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