|Salary:||£33,309 to £37,468|
|Placed On:||14th September 2021|
|Closes:||6th October 2021|
Applications are invited for the post of Research Fellow in Experimental Quantum Biology based at the University of Surrey. You will undertake research in a vibrant, inter-disciplinary research environment with excellent reputation and collaborations, and will join a large team of physicists, mathematicians, biologists and philosophers, addressing fundamental questions regarding the quantum origin of the arrow of time, quantum thermodynamics, and quantum biology.
This quantum biology-focussed full-time post funded by the John Templeton Foundation is part of a multidisciplinary research project entitled “Life on the Edge: quantum thermodynamics, quantum biology and the arrow of time” to elucidate how the arrow of time that is so evident in macroscopic systems (particularly in living organisms) emerges from quantum mechanics – the physics of the micro-realm. The question that will be investigated in this project is how life maintains, or even manipulates, the reversibility of quantum laws in highly complex living cells where decoherence would be expected to be almost instantaneous. This post supervised by Professor Johnjoe McFadden is to explore this question experimentally using energy transfer in fluorescent proteins as a model system. Modern molecular and synthetic biology techniques, specifically site-directed mutagenesis and ultrafast spectroscopy, will be employed to reveal how quantum states and particularly coherent energy transfer is maintained in fluorescent proteins for physiologically relevant timescales. The post holder will work closely with a computational chemist and theoretical physicists at Surrey as well as a parallel experimental arm at UCLA. These strategies may be relevant to the establishment of new generation quantum technologies such as room-temperature quantum computing.
We seek highly motivated and qualified candidates with a background in two or more of the following areas: transient absorption spectroscopy, two-dimensional spectroscopy, time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, ultrafast optics, quantum optics, time-correlated single photon counting, protein engineering, recombinant protein expression in E. Coli and chromatographic techniques for protein purification, preferably with experience of ultra-fast spectroscopy, designing optical systems, working with and aligning ultrafast lasers. Qualified candidates should have a PhD and research experience in optics, physics, cell and molecular biology, physiology, genetics, biochemistry or relevant areas. This will include the development of appropriate hardware and software. The successful applicant will have scientific curiosity and strong skills in team-working and communicating scientific results.
This position is for 2.5 years, starting at any point between 1 December 2021 and 1 March 2022. For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Professor Johnjoe McFaddenvia email at email@example.com.
In addition to salary you will receive a generous annual leave entitlement and excellent development opportunities. The University of Surrey offers benefits packages which include pension, childcare assistance and leisure facilities.
Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£32,344) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate. Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£33,309).
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