Research Associate in Photonics

Imperial College London Department of Physics

Job summary

The post is part of a recently awarded EPSRC New Investigator award to the PI. The projects co-investigator is Prof Takats, a world leading expert in ambient mass spectrometry techniques. The source development and deployment is closely guided by Takats and his team, and we have recently built a mass spectrometric imaging platform in our lab in Physics for high resolution tissue analysis and prototype testing. There is also an accompanying PhD...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT01256
  • Date posted 2 September 2022
  • Closing date 6 October 2022

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £43,093 – £50,834 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Physics
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The post is part of a recently awarded EPSRC New Investigator award to the PI. The projects co-investigator is Prof Takats, a world leading expert in ambient mass spectrometry techniques. The source development and deployment is closely guided by Takats and his team, and we have recently built a mass spectrometric imaging platform in our lab in Physics for high resolution tissue analysis and prototype testing. There is also an accompanying PhD student starting the project in Oct 2022.

This post is a very exciting opportunity to join a highly interdisciplinary team working at the interface of Physics, Chemistry and Medicine. We have ongoing collaborations with clinicians and surgeons in place to exploit the technology we are developing. This project will create a new photonics-based healthcare technologies tool. The tool will enable significant advances in disease diagnosis and intervention, through advances in biomolecular analysis techniques suitable for both research and in-vivo applications.

Duties and responsibilities

The postholder will work on the development of ultrafast mid-infrared laser sources for biomolecular analysis. This project will create a compact, robust, fibre-integrated picosecond mid-infrared laser (fPIRL) platform. This laser platform will enable the precision removal of minute volumes of tissue for subsequent biomolecular analysis, much less destructively and more precisely than existing techniques. This tool will be used to enable advances in high resolution mass spectrometric imaging of tissue, molecularly guided robotic surgical interventions, and also develop novel long wavelength (6 um) driven tissue metabolic profiling techniques.

The team we have in place for this project crosses industry and academia, including materials scientists, laser physicists, analytical chemists, and systems medicine specialists. Together, we will enable significant advances in various biomolecular analysis techniques. Our single-cell resolution molecular mapping setup will help drive improvements in cancer tumour removal surgeries. Our fibre-delivered source will underpin future robotic surgical interventions in hard-to-reach surgical sites. With our long-wavelength source (6 um) we aim to reveal different biological fingerprints, improving diagnoses for certain diseases, than with existing ablation techniques.

Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in photonics, optics, ultrafast optics, chemistry, mass spectrometric techniques

You must also be able to demonstrate all the following essential criteria:

• Strong record of research delivery and publication record in the above field, commensurate with experience

• Proven experimental research experience in either photonics, optics, ultrafast optics, chemistry or mass spectrometric techniques

• Experimental experience in optical parametric amplifiers and nonlinear optics (desirable)

• Experimental experience in fibre amplifier development (desirable)

• Experimental experience in ambient mass spectrometric techniques (desirable)

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 - £41,388 per annum.

Please contact Robbie Murray (robert.murray10@imperial.ac.uk) for more information

Queries relating to the application process should be directed to Judith Baylis (Senior Section Administrator),  j.baylis@imperial.ac.uk

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Thank you for your interest in this post.  We look forward to receiving your application.

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We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.