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Force Fields in Redox Enzymatic Catalysis

Project Description

Applications are invited for a 3-years (possible extension to 4) European Commission funded Studentship within the Department of Chemistry at King’s College London to tentatively start in 1st October.

Project Description:
The PhD project will be embedded within an exciting ERC grant focused on the electrical detection of redox enzyme activity at the single protein level, with the ultimate aim of understanding how oriented field forces (mechanic, magnetic, electrical) play an essential role in enzymatic catalysis. The PhD project will immerse the fellow into a very interdisciplinary Biophysical environment combining cutting-edge single-protein electrical characterizations using nanoscale tunnelling junctions with protein bioengineering and related molecular biology determinations.

We expect that the successful candidate will want to contribute to our department’s teaching, for which payment will be made separately. The opportunity to contribute as a teaching assistant during the PhD programme can be an interesting and rewarding experience, which will help students develop skills which will be relevant when they look for future roles. Training and mentoring in teaching and learning in higher education will be provided, and the successful applicant will be expected to attend the Faculty’s Preparing to Teach course should they undertake additional teaching duties. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to complete the Teaching Recognition at King’s programme (TRaK) which is the King’s route to achieve Higher Education Academy (HEA) professional recognition.

Students interested in undertaking a PhD in this project should register their interest as soon as possible. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Ismael Diez Perez ().

To apply, please visit the King’s College myApplication system:
1. Register a new account/login
2. Once logged in, select Create a new application
3. Enter ‘Chemistry Research MPhil/PhD (Full-time/Part-time)’ under Choose a programme. Please ensure you select the correct mode of study.

All relevant information regarding eligibility, including academic and English language requirements, is available from the online prospectus

Deadline for applications is 31st July 2019. We might accept later applications until the position is filled.

Please ensure that you quote the project title “Force Fields in Redox Enzymatic Catalysis” and supervisor Dr. Ismael Diez Perez in the relevant sections of the application form.

If you require support with the application process, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor for Chemistry, Dr Gerd Wagner, at:

Funding Notes

The Studentship is funded for 3 years, on a starting bursary at the ERC funding rate, which is £24,000 per annum including London Allowance, out of which you must cover the full cost of Home/EU tuition fees. Income tax is not payable on the stipend.

Student profile:
Prospective candidates should have a 1st or 2:1 M-level qualification in Chemistry, Physics or related disciplines. We are seeking highly creative candidates, passioned about science, who show a high level of commitment to be able to conduct such a highly interdisciplinary project combining aspects of Physics, Chemistry and Molecular Biology.

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