Application deadline: midday (UK time) on January 19 2018 or February 16 2018 (further information below)

An Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position is available to work and study in the group of Professor Andrew Turberfield in the Department of Physics, University of Oxford, UK.

This position is suitable either as a first salaried position for a researcher currently studying for a PhD that will be awarded after recruitment or for a student who wishes to undertake a first doctoral degree (Oxford DPhil).

Research area and project description:

The ESR will: i) design and test robust mechanisms for rapid actuation of synthetic molecular machinery, constructed using techniques of structural DNA nanotechnology, using both photochemical and chemical energy sources. ii) develop modular linear and rotary actuators; iii) implement modules capable of extended linear and rotary motion; iv) demonstrate precise, repeatable and programmable motion including extended motion between programmable end stops; v) integrate modules to produce a general-purpose multi-axis robot capable of positioning and orienting molecular components.

The position is for 3 years and is funded by the PhD school DNA-Robotics, a recently established Innovative Training Network (ITN) under the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions research fellowship programme. DNA-Robotics will foster the development of a new generation of scientists with the skills required to meet futures challenges in bionanotechnology, from fundamental science to novel applications. The project will involve 3 months of secondments in total at one or more of the other partners in the network.

Application procedure and deadlines

Applications are invited from both:

  • final year undergraduates or recent graduates who satisfy the eligibility criteria for an Oxford D.Phil. and will study for a D.Phil. (PhD) as part of the DNA-Robotics training programme


  • those already studying for a PhD in a relevant subject who expect to finish their doctoral research before joining the DNA-Robotics programme and to graduate shortly afterwards.

Application deadline: midday (UK time) on 16th February 2018. Please note that an earlier deadline of midday (UK time) on 19th January 2018 preferably applies for application to study for a doctoral degree.

Starting date is flexible, up to 1 January 2019, but for a DPhil the preferred starting date is 1st October 2018.

Please see: for Oxford University advertisement and a link to the Further Particulars and application procedure.

For further information please contact Professor Andrew Turberfield by email ( writing “DNA-Robotics” in the subject line, and/or visit the homepages of the research group and the DNA-Robotics network