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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow

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    Newcastle University
    Agricultural sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    26/05/2017 23:00 - Europe/London
    United Kingdom › Newcastle upon Tyne
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Gross Living Allowance: €44,895.96 per year plus mobility allowance (€7200)

Closing Date: 26 May 2017

This research fellowship programme (PhD) will be carried out within the context of the INDEED network, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Innovative Training Network (ITN) – project funded by the European Commission, under their H2020 program. Through the project activities, the Fellows/PhD students will have the opportunity to come in contact and collaborate with some of the best European research groups. English is the official language of the INDEED project. Additional information is provided in the job description link below.

Conventional nanowires are fabricated from inorganic materials and we have shown the advantages to the use of soft materials when forming nanowires by solution-based templating on DNA molecules. Coordination polymers are a class of soft material which can be prepared from aqueous solutions via chemical processes compatible with DNA. In the project, coordination polymers will also be used to enable a building-block approach through modular molecular synthesis to create nanowires. Such novel nanowires offer innovative application possibilities including soft interfaces with biological systems, gas sensing and self-repairing circuitry. The project will involve a combination of chemical synthesis and structural, electrical and spectroscopic characterisation of the novel nanowires. A prototype nanowire-based gas sensor will also be constructed.

You must be able to demonstrate a keen interest in nanoscience, and in particular nanowires science and technology and have the ability to work independently and as a member of a research team. Please read the attached job description which explains the eligibility criteria in full


The post is available fixed term for a period of 36 months. Salary is subject to national taxes and employers costs.


Please contact Prof Andrew Houlton andrew.houlton@ncl.ac.uk with informal inquiries about the post.

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The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality, and the University holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers. We are also a member of the Euraxess network.

Eligibility criteria

The candidates must meet all the criteria listed below


(1) Be, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, in the first 2 years

(full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged. In any case, the ESR’s research experience must not exceed 5 years full time at the end of the 3 years employment period working on the project.


(2) At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.

(3) At the starting time of the positions, the candidates must have completed the courses that would have allowed them to enrol in a doctorate program either in the country where they are studying or in the country offering the position.


(4) Gross living allowance is subject to employment laws and employer costs deduction. Equivalent salary and mobility allowance will be paid the currency of the host country.

Additional comments

Innovative Nanowire DEvicE Design (INDEED) project

Nanowires (NWs) exhibit unique properties that make them potential building blocks for the next generation of Nanoelectronics devices and emerging applications. NWs can combine important quantum-mechanical properties (localisation of charge carriers in one, two or three dimensions, which enhance light-matter interaction) with complexities of the fabrication process, which provide advances over existing planar technologies that currently serve as the foundation of the electronic industry. Recent advances indicate that NWs with a range of predefined properties (such as size and shape, chemical composition and crystalline structure) can be grown, offering an excellent paradigm to develop novel functional device prototypes: biosensors, solar cells, transistors, quantum light sources and lasers. The key step now is to take this critical mass of scientific knowledge and develop routes for the effective transfer of NW functionality into device technologies. The UNEW project will explore self-assembly of molecular-based nanowires to access conducting single molecules, soft-interfaces and gels and regenerating assemblies. The advantages of using soft materials when forming nanowires by solution-based templating have been shown in our previous work. Coordination polymers also enable a building-block approach through modular molecular synthesis. Innovative application possibilities include soft interfaces with biological systems and self-repairing circuitry. We recently discovered a class of luminescent, conductive polymers based on modified nucleosides and will investigate these and novel applications in sensing.

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Offer Requirements


  • A degree in a relevant subject area.
  • An excellent academic record in chemistry, experimental physics, materials science or related areas.
  • To demonstrate a keen interest in pursuing research in nanoscience, particularly molecular-based nanoscience.


Specific Requirements

  • The ability to work independently, and as a member of a research team.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • An good command of English language, with excellent oral and written skills.
  • A demonstrable ability or potential to produce research published in peer-reviewed journals.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering
United Kingdom
Newcastle upon Tyne

EURAXESS offer ID: 214965