ATDBio: Induced actuation

ATDBio has an exciting opportunity for a Graduate Research Scientist, who will join the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie “DNA-Robotics” Innovative Training Network (as ESR 15), a consortium of high class academic and private institutions across Europe. The position is a 24-26 months fixed term.

The overall aim of the DNA-Robotics project is to investigate and develop artificial machinery made from DNA. DNA molecules can be programmed through design of their base sequences to form well-defined molecular architectures, which can be combined and integrated into more complex systems. At ATDBio, the appointed researcher will design and synthesise DNA origami and other DNA/RNA secondary structures that can change conformation in a controlled manner on target binding or change in environment such as pH. Changes in conformation will be measured by a number of techniques including FRET and imaging with TEM.

The successful candidate will be one of 15 early-stage researchers (ESRs) enrolled across the European network. A well-structured research and training plan is set up for every ESR as well as a comprehensive, quality-controlled supervision. The ESRs are brought together for network training events including summer schools and workshops for data analysis. Courses by world leading experts are taught, ranging from molecular robotics, nanotechnology and biosensing. Transferable skills training includes courses on scientific writing, presenting talks, science communication, entrepreneurship, IPR, and management.

The successful candidate will have
·     a top-class undergraduate degree and/or master’s degree (or equivalent) in chemistry (or a related subject)
·     research experience in synthetic chemistry, synthetic biology or nanotechnology; experience working with nucleic acids is a bonus
·     proven ability to work well both individually and as part of a small team
·     the ability to ensure good day-to-day progress and keep good laboratory records
·     excellent written and verbal English communication skills (including presentation skills)
·     the flexibility to attend occasional meetings throughout Europe
·     a strong commitment to continuous professional development
·     must satisfy the eligibility requirements (see below).

To be eligible for the position, the candidate must meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ESR eligibility criteria. At the time the appointment is made, the candidate must:
– have under four years (full-time equivalent) research experience, measured from the date when they obtained their degree.
– must not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree (i.e. PhD). A PhD student who has not yet submitted their doctoral thesis will be eligible.
– must not have spent more than 12 months in the UK in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date.

Please apply via online application form only.

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