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Postdoctoral fellow Position – Nanotechnology & in vitro diagnostics

21 August 2023

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher position for the following project:

Title:  Postdoctoral fellow – Nanotechnology and in vitro diagnostics

The position will be based with the Chemistry Department in RCSI within the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Centre (AMBER) centre.


Summary of project:

The position is available in the research group of Dr Marco Monopoli, in the Chemistry Department in RCSI, for a research project in collaboration with an industrial partner on the topic of in vitro diagnostics.

We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Postdoctoral researcher with a background in chemistry, nanotechnology or a related field to develop a system for the isolation of glycoproteins from complex media, such as blood plasma, for in vitro diagnostic purposes.

The researcher must have previous experience in the field of nanotechnology, including the synthesis and surface functionalisation of inorganic nanomaterials with affinity-tagged molecules (including antibodies), but also extensive experience in their characterisation with common techniques such as dynamic light scattering (DLS), Nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA), Differential Centrifugal Sedimentation (DCS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and similar techniques to measure size distribution, stability and successful surface functionalisation. The candidate will also work on the characterisation of the isolated biomolecules with proteomics techniques, including mass spectrometry and glycan analysis.

A typical workflow for the study that will be carried out is described in the following manuscripts:

Trinh, D.N., et al. ACS Nano, 2022. 16(4): p. 5463-5475.

Perez-Potti, A., et al. Sci Rep, 2021. 11(1): p. 6443.

Trinh, D.N., et al.Nanomaterials (Basel), 2022. 12(15).

The applicant will also be responsible of supporting the activity of other team members and of writing scientific reports and assist with manuscript preparation.

The ideal applicants will have a PhD in Chemistry, Nanotechnology or similar research areas. For more information on the qualifications / experience required, please review the job description on the RCSI careers portal (https://www.rcsi.com/careers).

Informal enquiries can be directed to marcomonopoli@rcsi.ie but it will be much appreciated to careful revise the information provided first. Please note we do not accept CVs directly and applications are not accepted when sent by email.

How to apply:

Please apply online through the RCSI careers portal (https://www.rcsi.com/careers ) as soon as possible and before the closing date with your CV and motivation letter highlighting how the applicant’s expertise will be aligned with the advertised position. The closing date for this position is 29th September 2023. Only short-listed applications will be acknowledged.

This position is funded by the SFI-research centre AMBER.

The AMBER research centre, as a community of researchers, welcomes its responsibility to provide equal opportunities for all. We are actively seeking diversity in our research teams and particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups.

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