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Research Associate in Nanocarbon Chemistry

Posted on: Friday 9 August
Posting no: 1368487658

Wellcome has funded a project to Design functionalised nanocarbons to approach a "universal" nucleant for biomedically relevant proteins. Initial experiments have shown promising results; now a systematic feasibility study will explore the effects of nanoscale geometry and chemistry on nucelant performance. The project combines two world-recognised teams working on protein crystallisation and nanocarbon chemistry (lead, respectively, by Prof Chayen, Medicine, and Prof Shaffer, Chemistry).

This position will commence from November 2012, and focus on the development of individualised, functionalised nanocarbon species, in particular nanotubes and graphenes, exploiting processes and chemistries developed in the Shaffer group. The objective is to create new, well-defined, and well-characterised modified nanocarbon-based materials to act as protein nucleants.

You will have a PhD in Nanomaterials Chemistry or a closely related discipline, or equivalent level of professional qualification and experience. Experience in experimental nanomaterials chemistry, specifically CVD-synthesis, characterisation, or chemical modification of nanotubes, graphene, or other carbons is essential. You will have practical experience within a strong research environment, and of preparing and publishing scientific papers in relevant, high-impact, refereed journals, preferably as first author, and delivering industrially-relevant reports/presentations. Knowledge of research methods and techniques, specifically the application of chemical methods, UV/vis, Raman, electron microscopy, surface characterisation, and thermal analysis to functionalised nanocarbons is essential. Knowledge of sample preparation methods such as spin-coating, freeze-drying, or ultracentrifugation would be advantageous.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website:

Please select "Job Search", then enter the job title or vacancy reference number NS2012214SC into "Keywords"). Please complete and upload an application form as directed, also providing a CV and a list of publications, and the names of three referees.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact Lisa Benbow, Nanostructured Materials and Devices Section, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, London SW7 2AZ (email:

Closing Date: 12th November 2012

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