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Research Assistant in Molecular Communications and Nanonetworks (3 posts) (Fixed Term)

Positions exist for up to three Research Assistants in the Department of Engineering, to work on molecular communications and nanonetworks as part of the ERC funded MINERVA project under the supervision of Prof Ozgur Akan. The salary range is £25,298 - £30,175.

The post holder will be located in the Electrical Engineering Building in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The post holder(s) will work on the project that focuses on bio-inspired and nanoscale communication techniques for IoBNT, i.e., design and implementation of nanoscale artificial synapse to replace the damaged neurons and communicate two disconnected neurons in the case of spinal cord injury. The task involves design, execution and analysis of molecular communication techniques and experiments on microfluidic platforms, design and fabrication of nanoscale bio-cyber interfaces enabling electrical-to-chemical and chemical-to-electrical signal transduction with FRET, graphene, SiNW and microfluidic channels etc. to enable seamless networks of biological, nanoscale and macroscale entities within the IoBNT framework.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are a BSc or MSc in a relevant area (e.g., Electrical engineering), and: - Excellent quantitative skills (e.g., sound grasp of mathematics). - Previous experience of computer programming in a scientific research context (e.g., C++ and MATLAB). - Previous experience and publications in molecular communications, nanonetworks and/or Internet of Bio-Nano Things (IoBNT).

The successful candidate will have proven expertise in: - Information, communications, network theory - Signal processing - Nanoscale and molecular communications - Internet of Bio-Nano Things - Nanoscale bio-cyber interfaces - Transceiver design, microfluidics, and FRET for molecular communications

The post holder must demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team and independently under their own initiative, the ability to communicate highly technical material in English in written and verbal form and the ability to develop expertise in additional relevant areas.

Fixed-term: The funds for these posts are available for 6 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date. If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact Prof Akan by email: If you have a question about the application process, please contact Diana Eddy (

Please quote reference NM11977 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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