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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL26741

Queen Mary University of London - School of Engineering & Materials Science

Location: London
Salary: £32,087 to £40,797 per annum incl. London allowance (grade 4).
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 3rd November 2021
Closes: 14th December 2021
Job Ref: QMUL26741
 

About the Role
The School of Engineering and Materials Science has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on an EPSRC funded project “Molecular Manufacturing”. This project will be carried out under the guidance of Stoyan Smoukov, Head of the Active & Intelligent Materials Lab.

The aim of the project is to discover the molecular basis of novel phase transitions – from liquid or solid states to rotator phases – solid states with degrees of freedom. These have been implicated in the self-healing of biological systems and are the basis for the recently discovered phenomena of artificial morphogenesis from our lab. It also involves harnessing these transitions for applications – both within the framework of the project, as well longer term in a potential start-up that could be based on those technologies.

About You
Candidates should hold (or be about to be awarded) a PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in Chemistry, Physics, Colloidal Science, Chemical Engineering or a related discipline. Hands-on experience with building and running instruments is essential. Experience of the following is desirable: crystallography, calorimetry (DSC), nanoparticle size measurements (DLS), surface tension and other liquid surface measurements, bulk and surface rheology.

About the School
This post is within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, a large School with 70-80 academics and a similar number of postdoctoral research staff. There are around 1000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and 220 PhD students. These are supported by an administrative and technical staff team of 45. The staff and student body are international in make-up.

About Queen Mary
At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

Benefits
We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme, staff networks and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. The post is a full-time, fixed-term appointment for 12 months and is available from 01 December 2021. Starting salary will be £32,087 to £40,797 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Stoyan Smoukov at s.smoukov@qmul.ac.uk or on +44 (0) 020 7882 5305.

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button.

The closing date for applications is 14 December 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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