We have a vacancy for a PhD student to join our group working on a new EPSRC-funded project to develop a molecular-level understanding of bioluminescence for the rational design of new bioluminescence tools for multicolor, deep-tissue imaging. The PhD project will involve carrying out photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and femtosecond time-resolved PES measurements on isolated bioluminescent emitters in the gas-phase and in a liquid-microjet to determine the role of aqueous and biological environments on the electronic structure and electronic relaxation dynamics following photoexcitation. It will also involve carrying out computational chemistry calculations to assist with the interpretation of the experimental measurements. This project will form part of an interdisciplinary feedback loop between spectroscopy, computational chemistry and synthesis, led by Professors Helen Fielding, Graham Worth and Jim Anderson).
Applicants should have, or be expecting to achieve, a first or upper-second class honours degree or equivalent in chemistry, physics or a related subject and must be able to demonstrate strong interest and enthusiasm for spectroscopy and quantum chemistry. They must also have effective written and verbal communication skills in English.
Interested candidates should contact [email protected] with a degree transcript and a motivation letter explaining their interest in this project. Informal enquiries are encouraged, and applications are accepted until a suitable candidate is identified, and before March 2020. Informal inquiries are encouraged. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply. Any admissions queries should be directed to Dr Jadranka Butorac ([email protected]).
The studentship will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate plus a maintenance stipend for three years (standard maintenance stipend for the academic year 2019/2020 is £17009).