About the Project
Design and synthesis of ligands with polar moieties and specific biomolecule recognition motifs optimised for self-assembly in aqueous solution will provide access to host molecules with the appropriate features for biomolecule encapsulation. Initial studies will focus on construction cages capable of binding amino acids, short peptides and sugars, in a bid to develop a fundamental understanding of the properties required for biomolecule encapsulation. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop cages capable of encapsulating peptides for chemical interrogation or drug delivery applications.
The successful candidate will form part of an expanding research group and receive full training in inorganic synthesis and a variety of characterisation techniques that will enable them to design, synthesise and evaluate the outcome of metal self-assembly reactions in the presence of biomolecules. The candidate will use a variety of characterisation techniques including NMR spectroscopy (1D, 2D and multinuclear), mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography and fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy during the course of their research.
Academic background of candidates
Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) a minimum upper second class honours degree (or the overseas equivalent) in Chemistry and be interested in pursuing highly interdisciplinary research at the boundaries of inorganic chemistry and biochemistry. Potential applicants much have good laboratory skills, and experience working with biological reagents is advantageous. The successful candidate must also be highly motivated, capable of working independently and demonstrate good communication skills.
Contact for further Information
Imogen Riddell ([email protected])
Applications will be considered after the closing date 31st March 2021.
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