Research Fellow in Cryo-Transmission Electron Microscopy

University of Leeds School of Chemistry

Research Fellow in Cryo-Transmission Electron Microscopy

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in Cryo-Transmission Electron Microscopy (Cryo-TEM) and want to use cutting-edge methods to investigate a fascinating scientific problem? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

This project focuses on biomineralization processes, in which organisms achieve remarkable control over crystallization to generate structures such as bones, teeth and seashells. Key to the formation of these remarkable materials is that crystallization occurs within confined volumes. However, the importance of confinement in biomineralization processes is only beginning to emerge. This project will address this problem using advanced imaging techniques to watch how inorganic crystals grow within confined volumes and to image the inorganic/ organic interface. In addition to conventional methods you will use cryo-TEM, cryo-electron tomography and liquid-phase TEM to characterise the early stages of development of these systems, where the University of Leeds houses some of the best macroscopy facilities currently available in the UK. This will enable us to answer the question “how does confinement control crystallisation?” and will provide new insight into biomineralization processes. You will help address this challenge. The post is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and you will work within the group of Prof Fiona Meldrum (School of Chemistry) whose expertise lies in biomineralization and crystallization.

The successful applicant will have a PhD (or close to completion) in the biological or physical sciences involving significant use of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and cryo-TEM.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6414

Email:

Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1 January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute: School of Chemistry
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions, an appointment will not be made higher than £36,914 p.a.
Working Time: 37.5 hours per week
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (Fixed-term for 20 months with the possibility of an extension (grant funding))
Release Date: Monday 22 March 2021
Closing Date: Monday 19 April 2021
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: EPSCH1032

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