Research Associate in Molecular Engineering of Chemotactic Nanomedicines

Employer
UCL
Location
University College London
Salary
UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £34,635 to £41,864 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.
Posted
April 03 2018
Ref
1718994
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Academia

UCL Chemistry

London

Research Associate in Molecular Engineering of Chemotactic Nanomedicines

Full Time

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £34,635 to £41,864 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work in the Department of Chemistry at UCL’s Bloomsbury Campus, on a research project supervised by Prof Giuseppe Battaglia. The appointee will work on the characterisation of polymersomes for therapeutic and diagnostic applications. The project is part of a multidisciplinary effort aimed toward the design of multiplexed chemotactic carriers able to follow glucose gradient with characteristics suitable for clinical translation for the treatment of brain tumours. This will involve collaboration with clinicians, physical biologists, and physicists.

The project will involve extensive cryogenic and conventional transmission electron microscopy and the synthesis of polymeric nanomaterials. The postholder will work on the design of chemotactic vesicles using both block copolymers, proteins and DNA nanopores. The postholder will be required to carry out research into studying the targeting and trafficking of personalised polymersomes into both blood brain barrier and glioma cells. The appointment is funded by the ERC for 3 years initially.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in extensive cryogenic and conventional transmission electron microscopy and the synthesis of polymeric nanomaterials. Experience of working with vesicles is desirable. The appointee will have a PhD (or near to being awarded a PhD) in Polymer science, Soft Matter Physics, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or relevant discipline. The candidate must demonstrate their contribution to the scientific community, in the form of an appropriate number of publications in prestigious journals, patents, and conferences.

Please note, appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,316 to £31,967 per annum, including London Allowance of £3,031) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

For further information on the kind of research involved, please visit https://www.molecularbionics.org/

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to https://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-resources/working-ucl/jobs-ucl  and search reference number 1718994.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof Giuseppe Battaglia ( g.battaglia@ucl.ac.uk ) Any queries on the application process can be directed to Judith James ( j.k.james@ucl.ac.uk ), as we wish to encourage online applications.

Closing Date: 21 April 2018

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59

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