Job offer available in Scotland Research Associates (Two Positions) at University of Glasgow

To make a leading contribution to the five-year European Research Council (ERC) funded project Laser Control over Crystal Nucleation (CONTROL), which aims to develop a novel platform for the manipulation of phase transitions, crystal nucleation, and polymorph control based on optical tweezing and plasmonic tweezing. The work will be carried out in the Chemical Photonics group working with Prof. Klaas Wynne and additional background to the work can be found in Nature Chemistry 10, 506 (2018), doi:10.1038/s41557-018-0009-8.

New optical and microscopic techniques will be developed to allow laser manipulation on a massively parallel scale and chiral nucleation using twisted light. Systematically characterising and manipulating the phase behaviour of mixtures, will allow the use of the optical-tweezing effect to effectively control the crystallisation of small molecules, peptides, proteins, and polymers. Exploiting nanostructures will allow parallelisation on a vast scale and fine control over chirality and polymorph selection through plasmonic tweezing. Even partial success in the five years of the programme will lead to fundamental new insights and technological breakthroughs. These breakthroughs will be exploited for future commercial applications towards the end of the project.

Two positions are available now with two additional positions becoming available in the near future.

Position 1 (in principle for 5 years) requires expert knowledge in optical techniques and involves microscopy, lasers, optical tweezing, the deployment of spatial light modulators, and laser-induced nucleation.

Position 2 (in principle for 3 years) requires expert knowledge in plasmonics and involves microfabrication of plasmonic structures (in the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre), microscopy, plasmonic tweezing, and laser-induced nucleation.

Ideally, the candidate for this position has a background in plasmonics and device fabrication or similar.

The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

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