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Research Associate Digital Microfluidics - Molecular Computation

Electronic Engineering
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
31,604 - 38,832 a year
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Role Description

We are seeking a dynamic Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a project that will develop and demonstrate a digital microfluidic (DMF) system based on droplet actuation by electrowetting on dielectric. While DMF has been demonstrated for a range of lab-on-chip applications, here the application is highly novel and focussed on the demonstration of an autonomous DNA molecular machine. Working within a multi-disciplinary team, you will be responsible for developing robust approaches for the microfabrication of the DMF chip, testing and optimisation of the completed DMF system (in collaboration with technical staff within the Department of Electronic Engineering), and demonstration of a DMF-controlled autonomous DNA machine. Therefore key responsibilities to include analysis and interpretation of research data, writing up of research results and dissemination through publications and seminar and conference presentations.

Essential criteria for the position are a PhD (completed or near completion) degree or equivalent experience in Electronic Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or cognate area and advanced knowledge microfabrication techniques, test & measurement principles, good laboratory practice, highly skilled in a wide range of microfabrication techniques, the ability to work effectively and safely in a cleanroom environment and skilled in the design and characterisation of microfluidic components, practical experience of microfabrication techniques and the design and implementation of microfluidic components. Some prior experience DNA nanotechnology is desirable.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Department of Electronic Engineering within the Faculty of Sciences at the University of York. The post holder will report to Prof. Andrew Tyrrell and Dr. Steven Johnson and will investigate digital microfluidic systems for autonomous control of DNA machines. The post is part of a large research project, supported by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

The position is funded until 28/02/19. Salary is on Grade 6 which starts at £31,604.00

The closing date for applications is 12 October 2017

To apply

Informal enquiries relating to the role may be directed to Prof Andy Tyrrell or Dr Steven Johnson

Or alternatively to Anju Johnson for general information about working in the department



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