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Liquid-phase scanning TEM post-doctoral research scientist

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The Role

We are seeking to appoint a post-doctoral research scientist to develop new liquid cell imaging capabilities for biological systems as part of the Rosalind Franklin Institute.

The post will be primarily based in the Institute spokes at University College London and at the University of Manchester with time spent at the Harwell Campus

The post holder will report to Prof Sarah Haigh at Manchester, Prof Giuseppe Battaglia at UCL and overall to Prof Angus Kirkland, Science Director at the RFI.


The post holder will be required to carry out research at the interface between the physical and biological sciences within the remit of the RFI and will design, optimise and characterise the next generation of high-throughput microelectromechanical system and graphene-based nanofluidics for liquid phase TEM. The successful applicant will work alongside a multidisciplinary team of chemists, physicists and biologists to establish novel imaging platforms to develop liquid phase TEM and apply this to a range of biological systems from small proteins and particles to whole cells. The project will benefit from access to world-leading instrumentation at UCL, UoM and the national electron Physical Sciences Imaging Centre (ePSIC) at Diamond Light source. This project is a core component of the Correlated Imaging Theme within the Institute and may lead to a permanent position.

Duties and Responsibilities
•To contribute to / lead the design of a Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) for liquid phase electron microscopy, including sensors, electron transparent window, and fluid dynamics.
•To contribute to / lead the design, manufacture and testing of graphene liquid cells for liquid phase electron microscopy.
•To draft and submit papers to peer reviewed journals
•To travel to the collaborating sites (UCL, UoM, RFI at Harwell Science Park).
•To prepare progress reports on research for funding bodies as required.
•To contribute to the preparation and drafting of research bids and proposals.
•To supervise Ph.D. students as required
•To contribute to the overall activities of the research team and institutions as required.

The above job description reflects the present requirements of the post, and as duties and responsibilities change/develop, the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post-holder.


PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Physics or a relevant discipline (ESSENTIAL)

Research Skills
•Demonstrated experience in advanced research techniques in transmission electron microscopy (ESSENTIAL)
•Experience in Liquid cell Transmission electron microscopy (ESSENTIAL)
•Experience in the design and characterization of MEMS and / or 2D materials microfabrication (ESSENTIAL)
•Experience in computational aid design and Computational fluid dynamics characterisation (ESSENTIAL)
•Experience in research and manufacturing techniques related to microfabrication of 2D materials (ESSENTIAL)
•Knowledge of image processing and image analysis for TEM (DESIRABLE)
•Knowledge of microfluidic design (DESIRABLE)

Cognate Skills
•Ability to analyse and write up experimental data to publication standard (ESSENTIAL)
•Ability to present complex information effectively to a range of audiences (ESSENTIAL)
•Effective written and verbal communication skills in English (ESSENTIAL)
•Experience of working in a research environment (ESSENTIAL)
•Experience of multi-disciplinary working (ESSENTIAL)

Personal Qualities
•Commitment to high quality research (ESSENTIAL)
•Ability to work collaboratively and as part of an interdisciplinary team (ESSENTIAL)

Salary per annum £33-39k, with discretionary range to £43k for exceptional candidate

Please note: A cover letter, CV and completed application form are required for this position. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

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