ORGANISATION/COMPANYUNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
RESEARCH FIELDChemistry › Biochemistry
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE10/01/2019 23:00 - Europe/London
LOCATIONUnited Kingdom › Coventry
HOURS PER WEEK36.5
OFFER STARTING DATE01/12/2018
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER814236
A call for 15 PhD positions (Early Stage Researchers [ESRs]) is open in the recently granted Marie Curie European Training Network (MC-ETN) project NanoCarb - Glyco-Nanoparticles for Applications in Advanced Nanomedicine. NanoCarb is a multidisciplinary consortium including universities, research centres and SMEs with broad expertise ranging from nanotechnology, carbohydrate chemistry, glycoprofiling and in vitro/in vivo screening specialists. The network will develop novel and well-characterised nanomaterials with synthetic and native glycans that will be used for therapeutics and guide development of new drug delivery applications. The project will train early stage researchers at the interface of nanotechnology and glycosciences, with the overall goal of achieving a new generation of professionals in nanomedicine for a prospective career in both academia and industry. For further information on the project please go to www.nanocarb.eu
The successful candidates will benefit from an international scientific network of high-profile academic and industry partners offering state-of-the-art research facilities in nanotechnology, carbohydrate chemistry, glycoprofiling and in vitro/in vivo screening as well as career relevant training through research, courses, outreach activities, participation in seminar, and workshops. Each ESR will be supervised by an Industry-Academia supervisory team consisting of at least one supervisor from each sector. ESRs will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/.
Applications are invited for a PhD position to investigate Glycosylated polymer nanoparticles and their biological interactions to be carried out under the supervision of Professor Matthew I. Gibson at the University of Warwick, UK; http://www.warwick.ac.uk/go/gibsongroup/ The projects will focus on linking the structure and glycan content of the nanoparticles to their binding to biological targets. Detailed biophysical analysis (e.g SPR, ITC) will be undertaken, as well as semi-automated synthesis of nanoparticles to generate arrays. This PhD position will focus on the recombinant production of soluble lectins (carbohydrate binding proteins) and evaluation of their binding and interaction using cutting edge biophysical methods. The successful candidates will be based in a large (20+) research group joint between Chemistry and Medical Schools, working across disciplinary boundaries, providing a unique opportunity to develop skill sets. The successful candidate must have a strong team focus. During the PhD programme, the candidate will carry out secondments with an industry and academic partner.
This position will start March 2019
· Up-to-date Curriculum vitae inclusive of contact details of previous supervisors (max. 2 pages).
· Cover letter stating your motivation and suitability for the position (max. 1 page).
· Names and contact details of three referees.
The role will remain open until filled. All applications will be handled confidential. By submitting an application, applicants consent to their application being shared with the other principle investigators of the NanoCarb consortium for the sole purpose of the candidate recruitment. Only short-listed applications will be acknowledged.
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELChemistry: Bachelor Degree or equivalentBiological sciences: Bachelor Degree or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
· The ideal applicant will have a 1st Class or 2:1 MSc degree in relevant disciplines [PhD 1; Chemistry, biochemistry, materials; PhD 2; Biochemistry, Biology, Molecular biology]
· Specific skills which would enhance a candidate’s application include experience in some of the following areas: biomaterials, biophysics. Excellent written and oral communication skills are also desired.
· For candidates who do not speak English as their first language, IELTS or equivalent English language test scores of at least 6.5 is required. Applicants who do not hold a valid English certificate at the time of the application, must indicate a clear plan with dates of how they seek to obtain the certificate.
Specific Eligibility Criteria valid at time of recruitment on the H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie programme
· The applicants should be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
· Mobility rule: The applicants should not have resided or carried out main activity (studies, work, etc.) in UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the recruitment date.
EURAXESS offer ID: 339014