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Research Assistant - Crosslink Dynamics in Supramolecular Networks (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years.

A Research Assistant position is available in the group of Professor Oren Scherman on a newly awarded ERC grant. The proposed research programme aims to combine several disparate, state-of-the-art characterisation techniques into a unique experimental setup that will enable the probing of dynamic networked systems with unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution.

The successful candidate will be involved in a project to target the dynamics of both chain entanglement and transient host-guest complexation in polymeric networks, which give rise to a range of properties exhibited by these functional materials. In particular, s/he will be design new synthetic routes to create functional polymers and supramolecular materials with controlled mechanical and rheological properties for a variety of applications, including hydrogels for drug delivery and composites for 4D printing.

The successful candidate will be educated to Bachelor degree level or equivalent and preferably MSc or equivalent in a relevant subject such as Physical Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Biophysics, or a similar discipline. Candidates must have a strong desire to work on a multidisciplinary project involving traditional organic and polymer synthesis and supramolecular chemistry as well as a variety of materials/physical characterisation techniques. Applicants should have experience in monomer and polymer synthesis, physical chemistry and materials characterisation or related disciplines.

The post is available for a start in October 2018 for 36 months due to limited funding.

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.

Inquiries about this post should be addressed to either Professor Oren Scherman (e-mail: or Dr Elisabetta Spigone (e-mail:

Please quote reference MA15613 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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