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Research Fellow in Experimental Quantum Biology

University of Surrey - School of Biosciences & Medicine

Location: Guildford
Salary: £33,309 to £37,468 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th October 2021
Closes: 31st October 2021
Job Ref: 055321

Interview Date: To be confirmed

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 co-supervised by Dr Youngchan Kim and 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. Interested candidates should send the following information as a single PDF file 1) a cover letter including a description of your research experiences, research interests and career plans and 2) CV including a list of publications, three references and their contact information. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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. For questions about this post, please contact Dr Youngchan Kim

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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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