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Research Associate

University of Glasgow - College of Science and Engineering

School of Chemistry

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow within the School of Chemistry. The post holders will make a leading contribution to the five-year European Research Council (ERC) funded project Laser Control over Crystal Nucleation (CONTROL), which aims to develop a novel platform for the manipulation of phase transitions, crystal nucleation, and polymorph control based on optical tweezing and plasmonic tweezing. The work will be carried out in the Chemical Photonics group working with Professor Klaas Wynne and additional background to the work can be found in Nature Chemistry 10, 506 (2018), doi:10.1038/s41557-018-0009-8.

For the present position, we will investigate and manipulate (hidden) liquid-liquid critical points in small-molecule solutions or (hidden) fluid-fluid critical points in peptide and protein solutions with the aim to control crystal nucleation by classical means and by using laser-induced phase-separation and nucleation (LIPSaN). Expertise in optical tweezing and microscopy is already available in the group. Therefore, the ideal candidate has a background in either chemical physics/physical chemistry or biophysics/soft matter/protein crystallisation and a willingness to learn about optical tweezing and microscopy. At least one position is available now with additional positions becoming available in the near future. This post has funding for up to 3 years.

Informal enquiries and requests for further information can be made to Prof. Klaas Wynne, email

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Location: Glasgow
Salary: £35,845 to £40,322 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st November 2019
Closes: 2nd December 2019
Job Ref: E20421
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