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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Photonics and Chemistry

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Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work with Prof Thomas F Krauss in the Department of Physics at the University of York. The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of the UK. The post is expected to start on January 1st, 2020 for a duration of 12 months, with the goal of developing novel surface chemistry protocols for photonic biosensors.


As the PDRA, you will play an important role within a multidisciplinary research team brought together under the umbrella of a Programme Grant led by the University of St Andrews.

You will focus on the biosensing aspects of the project, developing novel methods for immobilising antibodies and other molecules; and supporting other Photonics researchers and help them with their functionalisation protocols.

Other duties to include:

  • Conducting original research under the supervision of Prof Thomas F Krauss with the goal of contributing to the development of photonic sensors that can detect proteins and other molecules.
  • Assisting in the identification and development of potential areas of research relating to the topic of the project and the development of proposals for independent or collaborative research projects.
  • The writing up of research results and dissemination through publications and conferences.
  • To undertake appropriate organisational and administrative activities connected to the research project.
  • To provide guidance to other staff and students, as required, as well as coordinating the work of small research teams

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

As the role holder, you will have a first degree in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering and a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or equivalent, substantial and demonstrated experience in the nanofabrication of photonic and microfluidic structures, as well as their spectroscopic characterisation using methods such as broadband light sources, LEDs and lasers.

You will also have proven experience in working collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team and in completing interdisciplinary work to a very high level, as evidenced by relevant publications; highly developed communication skills; and the ability to write up research work for publication in high profile journals and engage in public dissemination. Additionally, you will have the competency to make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events.

This post is available on a fixed term basis for 12 months.

For further information and to apply on-line, please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

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