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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position developing biomimetic DNA nanostructures for applications to biomolecular sensing in artificial cell systems, at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge).

The successful candidate will join the research group led by Dr Lorenzo Di Michele. The group works at the exciting interface between soft matter science, biophysics and synthetic biology, applying a combination of state of art experimental methods, statistical mechanical modelling, and computer simulations to solve problems of biological or technological relevance, with particular focus to the rational design and characterisation of biomimetic DNA nanostructures.

We are looking for an enthusiast and experienced candidate with a PhD in Physics, Physical Chemistry, or a closely related discipline. Experience in design and characterisation of DNA nanostructures and DNA-based reaction networks, spectroscopic methods (UV-visible, fluorimetry), dynamic light scattering, gel electrophoresis, confocal / rpifluorescence microscopy, advanced data analysis and programming (MATLAB / Python) is also essential.

Key duties and responsibilities may include, but not be limited to, developing research objectives and proposals for independent or joint research, assisting in the supervision of student projects, supporting the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies and planning the use of research resources.

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date and interviews conducted in June 2018. The candidate would ideally start as soon as possible after the 1st of October 2018. The post will be a fixed term appointment for 12 months in the first instance. The work will be funded by the Isaac Newton Trust.

Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD, he / she will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that he / she will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of his/her PhD). Successful candidates who have not been awarded their PhD by the appointment date will be appointed as a Research Assistant at Grade 5 (£25,728 - £29,799 per annum). Upon award of the PhD the individual will be promoted to Research Associate, Grade 7 (£31,604 - £38,833 per annum)

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) including a list of publications and the contact details of at least two referees 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.

Informal enquiries can be addressed via email to Lorenzo Di Michele ( Please quote reference KA15372 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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