HFSP fully-funded 4-year PhD Position in Supramolecular Chemical Biology and Synthetic Biology

Center for Research in Biological Chemistry and Molecular Materials (CiQUS)
July 03 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The group of Dr. Montenegro is seeking for a PhD Candidate with strong interest in Supramolecular Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Synthetic Biology.

Join us in a Human Frontiers Science Project, a cutting-edge research aimed towards the fabrication of a minimal cell and a synthetic cytoskeleton (group website). 

The applicant will be involved in the preparation of the cytoskeleton of a minimal cell mimic. The research will involve the synthesis of self-assembling peptide building blocks and the biophysical characterization of the resulting ensembles. This project is part of an international project towards a fully synthetic cytoskeleton with self-regulating capabilities. The research groups involved are top-level scientists of the United States (Neal Devaraj) and Japan (Toshihide Takeuchi).


We seek outstanding individuals with initiative, creativity and team-working ability and with a Master degree in Chemistry, Biophysics, Synthetic Biology, Chemical Biology, Biochemistry or Molecular Biology.

Experience in peptide chemistry, self-assembly, microfluidics and biophysics will be highly considered.

Good communication skills and proficiency in written and spoken English are essential.


“In situ” Functionalized Polymers for siRNA Delivery”, Priegue, J. M.; Crisan, D. N.; Martínez-Costas, J; Granja, J. R.; Fernandez-Trillo, F.; Montenegro, J. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 7492-7495.

Cellular Uptake: Lessons from Supramolecular Organic Chemistry”, G. Gasparini, E.-K. Bang, J, Montenegro and S. Matile, Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 10389-10402.

“Montenegro, J., Vázquez-Vázquez, C., Kalinin, A., Geckeler, K. E., & Granja, J. R. Coupling of carbon and Peptide nanotubes. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2014, 136, 2484-2491.

STARTING DATE AND TERM: October 2017 (starting date could be flexible). 4 years of contract (annual evaluation).

RESEARCH CENTER: The research will be carried out at the CiQUS (www.usc.es/ciqus/en). University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain).


All the application procedure will be done online. Applicants must fill out, attach the required documents in a PDF file and submit the online application form available at the jobs section on the CiQUS' website: https://www.usc.es/ciqus/en/application_HFSP-02.

DEADLINE: October 10th, 2017


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