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Structural Characterization of Metal Complexes Bound to Bio-molecules using Spectroscopic Methods

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  • Full or part time
    Prof Farideh Jalilehvand
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Project Description

Applications are invited for a full time postgraduate studentship in the research group of Professor Farideh Jalilehvand, starting September 2017. The research project is focused on the interaction of antitumor active metal complexes with small molecules of biological interest. During this project, the candidate will prepare metal complexes and learn to characterize their structures using a wide range of techniques, including: synchrotron-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS), ESI-Mass spectrometry, NMR, IR, Raman, UV-Vis. spectroscopic techniques. There may be opportunities to carry on experiments at synchrotron facilities. Also, the candidate may participate in a collaborative research in monitoring cellular uptake of antitumor active metal complexes using X-ray fluorescence microscopy (XFM).

To learn more about the research in Jalilehvand’s group, please check out the following websites:

The successful candidate has a strong background and keen interest in inorganic chemistry and spectroscopy, as well as prior experience in research. Having knowledge about synchrotron radiation, EXAFS or XFM, and ability in handling air- and moisture-sensitive compounds are advantageous, but not essential. The candidate should be fluent in English (speaking, writing), highly motivated, dedicated and ambitious researcher with excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills.

Admission Notes
For degree requirements, please see:

Admission to a doctoral program at the Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary, normally requires the applicant to hold a Master’s degree in Chemistry. Doctoral students are required to complete written and oral Ph.D. Candidacy Exams. Usually most recent graduates in Bachelor of Chemistry, including those who seek a doctorate, are admitted into a Master’s program at first. A student who excels in the Master’s program may be invited to transfer, through a written and oral Ph.D. Qualifying Exam, into the Ph.D. program without completing the Master’s degree.
Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary. International students are directed to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and their International Requirements for Admission.

Contact Information
Prospective candidates can contact Professor Farideh Jalilehvand (Email – [Email Address Removed]) for further information. Applicants should provide details of their qualifications and research interest in a cover letter, include a CV and provide contact details of two referees.
The application deadline for this studentship is 15 February, 2017. However, please note the P.I. reserves the right to review applications as they are submitted, to interview and appoint a candidate that meets the academic requirements prior to the closing date.

Funding Notes

Funding Notes
Financial assistance is normally available to all qualified students in the form of Teaching Assistantships + Trust funded Assistantships. Assistantship funding is not normally available beyond 24 months in a master’s program and 52 months in a doctoral program.
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A list of publications by Jalilehvand group can be found here:

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