Research Assistant \ Associate in Nanoparticle Synthesis

Job summary

The Department of Materials wishes to appoint a Research Associate to work on projects aimed at synthesizing nanoprobes with multi-functionality, based on gold nanoparticles, for NIR II fluorescence bioimaging. This post is based within the Functional materials group at Imperial College London, working with Dr Fang Xie and involve collaborations with Department of Cancer and Surgery at Imperial College. The Research Associate will design,...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01439
  • Date posted 26 October 2020
  • Closing date 27 November 2020

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Materials wishes to appoint a Research Associate to work on projects aimed at synthesizing nanoprobes with multi-functionality, based on gold nanoparticles, for NIR II fluorescence bioimaging. This post is based within the Functional materials group at Imperial College London, working with Dr Fang Xie and involve collaborations with Department of Cancer and Surgery at Imperial College.

The Research Associate will design, synthesis and characterize plasmonic nanoparticles for applications in biosensing and bioimaging. The Research Associate will perform wet synthetic protocols to biofunctionalise nanoparticles to direct cell response or enable new biomaterials. You will be expected to work in a multidisciplinary environment and be active in multiple projects within our labs and through collaborations. You will be offered extensive opportunities for collaborative work, both within and external to Imperial College.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

Research:

  • To take initiative in the planning and execution of research into synthesis characterisation of engineered nanomaterials (SEM, TEM, XRD, PL, UV-vis)
  • To conduct data analysis and ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times
  • To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings
  • To write reports for submission to research sponsors and industrial collaborators
  • To prepare material for presentation in oral and poster formats
  • To present findings to colleagues and at conferences
  • To draft and submit publications to refereed journals
  • To take responsibility for organising resources and effective decision making in support of research
  • To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary
  • To develop contacts and research collaborations within the College and the wider community
  • To promote the reputation of the Groups, the Departments and the College
  • To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times.
  • To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings.
  • To provide guidance to staff and students.

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

Qualifications

  • Research Assistant, near completion of PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry, materials science, physics or similar.
  • Research Associate hold a PhD* (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or related subject or related field or equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience
  • A demonstrated track record of original research in materials for biomedical applications
  • Experience in developing novel plasmonic materials synthesis
  • An excellent track record of refereed journal publications demonstrating both numerical and analytical skills relevant for the investigation;
  • Knowledge of plasmonic enhanced fluorescence;
  • Experience in novel plasmonic nanostructures synthesis or fabrication. (solution based approaches or nanolithography)
  • Teaching experience
  • Experience in novel plasmonic nanostructures synthesis or fabrication. (solution based approaches or nanolithography)
  • Knowledge of materials chemistry

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum.

Further information regarding the post, please contact Dr Fang Xie, f.xie@imperial.ac.uk

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (d.khan@imperial.ac.uk).

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.