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Research Fellow in Microfluidics and Crystallisation

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in microfluidics? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities?

We are looking for an outstanding Research Fellow to join our collaborative project between Professor Fiona Meldrum in the School of Chemistry and Professor Hugo Christenson in the School of Physics and Astronomy.The project will exploit microfluidic and confined systems to study and interact with crystallisation processes with outstanding spatial and temporal resolution, and the position will be funded by an EPSRC Platform Grant.

Understanding the mechanisms which govern crystallisation promises the ability to inhibit or promote crystallisation as desired, and to tailor the properties of crystalline materials towards a huge range of applications. Biomineralisation provides a perfect precedent for this approach, where organisms achieve control currently unparalleled in synthetic systems. This is achieved because mineralisation occurs within controlled environments in which an organism can interact with the nascent mineral. Thanks to recent advances in microfabrication techniques and analytical methods we finally have the tools required to bring such control to the laboratory. You will be involved in using flowing droplet devices to investigate and control nucleation, and using static chambers to interact with crystallisation processes over longer length and time scales to achieve spatio-temporal control to rival that in biomineralisation.

You will have a PhD (or will have submitted your thesis prior to taking up the appointment) in Physical Sciences or a closely related field, and you will have a background in microfluidics and have experience in the design and manufacture of microfluidic systems.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Fiona Meldrum, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6414, Email: 

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Mathematics & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Chemistry
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,548 to £38,833 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (2 years with possible extension)
Closing Date:  Thursday 01 March 2018
Interview Date:  Wednesday 28 March 2018
Reference:  MAPCH1079
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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