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Research Associate: Synthetic Biological Control of Quantum Optics

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Science: Department of Chemistry

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £31,302 to £33,199 Grade 7 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th March 2019
Closes: 23rd April 2019
Job Ref: UOS022061

Contract Type: Fixed term for 36 months to start as soon as possible.

We are seeking a creative, adaptable scientist to work on a project in which synthetic biological and biologically-inspired structures will be designed to control quantum-optical phenomena.

You will have a PhD (or be close to completion), expertise in synthetic organic chemistry, and an interest in adding to this experience in DNA synthesis, surface chemistry and plasmonics.

This exciting project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and led by Professors G. J. Leggett and N. H. Williams, involves collaboration with groups at the University of Exeter (Professor W. L. Barnes, Physics) and Duke University (Professor S. Zauscher, Materials).

It builds on the recent discovery in Sheffield that synthetic biological structures can be designed to manipulate hybrid light-matter states (plexcitons) formed by the strong coupling of localised surface plasmon resonances to excitons in light harvesting complexes.

You will design and synthesise synthetic antenna complexes that allow the arrangement of pigment molecules in space to be controlled precisely. You will prepare nanostructured films comprising assemblies of these synthetic antenna complexes, and you will work with researchers in Sheffield and Exeter who prepare and model plasmonic nanostructures to investigate strong light-matter coupling in these systems.

This is a fixed term position available for 36 months.

For further information contact Graham Leggett:

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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