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

Project Description

Applicants are invited for a full time postgraduate studentship in the research group of Professor Farideh Jalilehvand, starting September 2020. The research project is focused on the interaction of small molecules of biological interest with metal complexes that could have potential medicinal applications (such as antitumor activity, photo-dynamic therapy, or as MRI agent). 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, multinuclear NMR, IR, Raman, and 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 determining the cytotoxicity of metal complexes, and monitoring their cellular uptake 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, photochemistry, DFT calculations, 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.
We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, and welcome applicants with diverse background (race, religion, gender). We recognize that having group members with diverse background and skills will lead to innovation and excellence in research.

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 PhD 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 PhD Qualifying Exam, into the PhD 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 – ) for further information. Applicants should provide details of their qualifications and research interest, highlighting their strengths in a cover letter, include a CV and provide contact details of two referees.
The application deadline for this studentship is 15 February, 2020. 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 graduate 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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