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Research Associate in Nanoparticles for Enhanced 3D Imaging of Soil Biology

Imperial College London - Department of Materials, Faculty of Engineering

Location: London
Salary: £43,093 to £50,834 *per annum*
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 27th September 2022
Closes: 31st October 2022
Job Ref: ENG02298
 

Full-Time and Fixed Term contract until 2025

Location: South Kensington campus

Job Summary

We are seeking to recruit a Researcher to develop new nano-particle-based methods of X-ray Computed Tomography (X-CT) imaging of biological structures and transport phenomena in soil.

Soil is foundational for agriculture and for wild ecosystems and our awareness of its importance is rising as we face new ecological challenges. Modern science reveals soil as a multiscale 3D biological system, where structures such as fungal networks and plant roots coexist with the transport of nutrients and pathogens through complex networks of micropores. in contrast to the extraordinary sophistication of medical imaging, 3D imaging of soil using methods such as microscale X-CT remains at an early stage. The project will develop novel nanoparticles as targeted X-CT contrast agents. This will enable us to generate a unique vision of soil’s complex structure and dynamics. Key challenges include targeted imaging of fungal networks using biofunctionalized nanoparticles, as well as imaging the flow of water driven by plant roots.

Duties and responsibilities

You will produce independent and original research as part of a collaborative team project will design and create new biofunctional nanomaterials that function as targeted contrast agents for microscale X-CT imaging of soil.

Essential requirements

You must have a PhD or an equivalent research degree, with research experience in nanomaterials, biomaterials, bioengineering or a closely related field. You must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a committed approach to teamwork and to cross-disciplinary research. You must also have a creative approach to problem solving.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 - £41,388 per annum.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Iain Dunlop, i.dunlop@imperial.ac.uk

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (d.khan@imperial.ac.uk).

For technical issues, please contact: support.jobs@imperial.ac.uk

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research integrity/animal-research/

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

Closing date: 31 October 2022

To apply, visit www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs and search by the job reference: ENG02298

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