|Salary:||£41,593 to £45,234 per annum|
|Placed On:||22nd September 2021|
|Closes:||24th October 2021|
Salary: £41,593 - £45,234 per annum
Location: White City Campus
We are seeking to recruit a Research Associate to work at the exciting interface between DNA nanotechnology and bottom-up synthetic biology. You will be supported by the ERC starting grant “NANOCELL”, which utilises DNA nanotechnology to construct cell-like micro-robots, or “artificial cells”. You will join the NANOCELL team consisting of another post-doctoral researcher and two PhD students, and collaborate closely with the group of Dr Lorenzo Di Michele including several other PhD students and postdocs working on closely related topics.
Artificial cells are fully synthetic entities, constructed de novo starting from non-living molecular components in order to replicate responses typically associated with biological cellular life, including adaptation, energy consumption, communication, motion, division etc.
Artificial cells can be constructed out of anything, from biological proteins and enzymes to polymers, lipids and nanoparticles. In our group, and, with the NANOCELL project, we exploit the design versatility of functional DNA nanotechnology to afford artificial cells with otherwise unattainable abilities. You will develop DNA nano systems based on DNA origami or relying on the self-assembly of smaller DNA nanostructures that will constitute both structural and functional components of artificial cells. The DNA nanostructures will be combined with lipid bilayer systems, in the form of Giant Vesicles, which will form the chassis of our artificial cells.
You will be given accesso to state-of-the art experimental facilities at the newly built Molecular Sciences Research Hub at Imperial College London, including all that is needed to design and characterise DNA nano-systems and artificial cells. Furthermore, you will be embedded in a thriving collaborative ecosystem, embodied in the newly formed Imperial College Network of Excellence in Artificial Cell Science – fabriCELL.
We seek a candidate with experience in DNA nanotechnology and, preferably, also in working with membrane systems. A “physical” background (physics, biophysics, physical chemistry) is required. Most important, we value work ethics, independence, initiative, leadership, and enthusiasm.
Duties and responsibilities
*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant.
This is a full-time, fixed term role until 31 December 2024. You will be based at White City Campus. Expected start date is 4 January 2022.
Please apply using the online application form.
For more information on the NANOCELL project, the position or the group, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Lorenzo Di Michele (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Closing date: 24/10/2021
To apply, visit www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs and search job reference NAT00996.
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