Research Associate/Fellow: Diamond based quantum sensing (Fixed term)
Tuesday, 13th July 2021
£27511 to £40322 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
A postdoctoral researcher is required to fulfil a project funded by UK
Research and Innovation. The purpose of this role is to develop a sensing
platform using Nitrogen Vacancies (NV) in diamond to study the function of
mitochondria. The key design element will be the integration of a diamond
sensor with measurement protocols accessible to life scientists. Core elements
of the project will include creating nanostructured surfaces on diamond,
functionalising diamond surfaces with specific chemistries, integrating the
diamond sensor in a customised fluorescent microscope and demonstrating the
measurement capabilities of the sensor using mitochondrial extracts and cells.
The person appointed will be expected to plan and conduct work using
approaches or methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research
and will be responsible for writing up their work for publication. The role
will involve work with other team members with skills in molecular biology and
materials engineering relevant to preparation of NV sensors and therefore a
researcher experienced in or open to interdisciplinary work is desired. The
person appointed will have the opportunity to use their initiative and
creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend
their research portfolio.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to
communicate with clarity on complex information is essential for this role
along with the ability to build relationships and collaborate with others,
both internally and externally.
The researcher will be involved in project meetings and publishing non-
commercially sensitive results in suitable high-quality journals. Forward
thinking, ambitious candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a
PhD (or close to completion) or equivalent in science or engineering.
This role is available on a fixed term basis until 31/08/2022. Hours of work
are full-time (36.25 hours) ; however applications are also welcome from
candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 20 hours per week). Please
specify in your application if you wish to work part time and the number of
preferred hours. Job share arrangements may be considered.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Melissa Mather, email
Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be
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