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Department of Chemistry

A 4-year PhD studentship is available starting in January or April 2020 to work on a multidisciplinary project jointly supervised by Professor Oren Scherman and Dr Steven Lee.

This collaborative project will apply a novel multidimensional super-resolution imaging technique in combination with vibrational rheology to study and characterise the dynamics of supramolecular hydrogels. With this unique state-of-the-art technique fundamental insights will be gained on the dynamic characteristics of physical cross-links in polymer hydrogels. The project will require a multidisciplinary approach across the areas of molecular, supramolecular and materials chemistry as well as super-resolution microscopy. Candidates must have strong motivation to work across disciplines and a desire to learn a range of skills from traditional organic and polymer synthesis to supramolecular chemistry as well as modelling and kinetic analysis of single-molecule fluorescence data.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first class or upper second-class honours degree (and preferably a Masters) in chemistry or other relevant discipline. Applicants should have experience in biophysics, physical chemistry, optics, photonics or related disciplines. Experience with single-molecule fluorescence techniques, hardware automation and programming (ImageJ, MATLAB, etc.) would be advantageous. Candidates should have a keen interest in applying physical methods to complex systems and enjoy working in a highly multidisciplinary, dynamic and collaborative environment.

Potential applicants are advised to contact both Professor Scherman (email: and Dr Lee (email: before submitting a formal application. The application should be e-mailed in the form of a single pdf file (less than 2MB), and should include a cover letter highlighting what you can bring to the project, your CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details for two academic referees.

Please quote reference MA19897 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date

Sep 30th 2019

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Further Information

Further information

Athena SWAN