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Artificial Molecular Machines (ArtMoMa) Innovative Training Network - Marie Sklodowska Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR)


Marie Sklodowska Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) x 2

Artificial Molecular Machines (ArtMoMa) Innovative Training Network

Fixed term for 3 years

Applications are invited for two Early Stage Researchers as part of the Artificial Molecular Machines (ArtMoMa) Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network.

These positions are suitable either for students who wish to undertake a first doctoral degree (Oxford DPhil) or as a first salaried position for researchers currently studying for a PhD that will be awarded after recruitment.

Artificial molecular machines (2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry) have the potential to revolutionise medical treatment, material design, and energy conversion. The ArtMoMa Innovative Training Network will explore ways in which controlled mechanical movements of molecules can be orchestrated and used in nanoscale systems. It will extend scientific boundaries and explore entirely new directions of fundamental research towards technologically relevant implementations. Oxford projects will combine molecular engineering based on DNA nanotechnology with expertise in molecular motors and fuels from partner groups.

The ArtMoMa training network is built on synergies and complementarities across Europe between leading scientists (including four Nobel Laureates), world-class institutions, different disciplines, and the incorporation of several industries as drivers – ranging from start-ups to SMEs to global companies. It will educate and mentor 15 curious and highly capable ESRs to form a critical mass of skilled young professionals who will go on to develop new technologies.

Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will study the design, construction, actuation and characterization of functional synthetic nanostructures incorporating molecular motors. Responsibilities will include participation in the ArtMoMa training programme. The ESR programme may be combined with study for an Oxford DPhil (PhD).

Applicants for DPhil study should possess, or be very close to obtaining, a Masters degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, Computer Science, Biochemistry or other relevant science. Applications from more experienced researchers who are close to obtaining a PhD in a relevant subject are also encouraged.

Experience in physics of nanoscale systems, molecular self-assembly (DNA nanotechnology), single-molecule biophysics, or chemistry (especially nucleic acid chemistry) would be an advantage.

When recruited, ESRs must not have been resident in the UK for more than 12 months in the past 3 years, not have been awarded a doctorate, and be in the first 4 years (FTE) of their research careers.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Prof. Andrew Turberfield ([email protected]).

Closing date: 7 February 2020.

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