Postdoc Position at Imperial College London

A new opening postdoctoral fellowship position in sustainable energy is available at Imperial College London, UK. Potential candidates should apply before October 28, 2019.

Professor Oscar Ces from the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London was recently awarded a Human Frontiers of Science Program Grant (HFSP) with researchers from the UK, New Zealand and Sweden to investigate the cellular role of hydrocarbons in organisms that perform photosynthesis such as cyanobacteria and some algae.

These hydrocarbons, organic compounds consisting entirely of hydrogen and carbon, are similar to the compounds found in diesel. They are released in vast amounts into the ocean by cyanobacteria and algae, where they are degraded by other bacteria - the same ones that clean up oil spills.

During this project the team will use a wide range of experimental and computational methods to understand the role of hydrocarbons and how they induce curvature in biological membranes which perform a variety of functions in living cells, from acting as a protective barrier to the outside world to regulating key biological functions.

The team anticipates that in addition to improving our understanding of the role of these unique compounds in the cells, the findings will assist the use of microbes for biofuel production and oil spill clean-up, which are of major interest for sustainable energy production and protecting the oceans.

We are looking for a candidate who will carry out research in the group of Professor Oscar Ces aimed at developing novel microfluidic strategies for manufacturing biological membranes with defined levels of curvature and hydrocarbon content with a view to understanding the interplay between the composition of these systems and their mechanical/geometrical properties. This will be complemented by bulk mesophase studies. Characterisation of the systems will span advanced microscopy techniques, fluctuation analysis and small angle X-ray scattering. These results will feed into the biological and computational measurements undertaken by collaborators on the HFSP project.

The post is targeted at applicants with expertise in microfluidics, microscopy, soft-condensed matter, chemical biology and membrane biophysics.

A PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemical Biology, Bioengineering or a related discipline is essential. You must also have experience within a research environment and / or publication in relevant and refereed journals.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range 35,477- 38,566 per annum

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Deadline: October 28, 2019
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