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The University of Oxford and the Department of Chemistry are Athena SWAN bronze award holders.

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Athena SWAN

Department of Chemistry
Section: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry/Initially based at the University of Zurich
Postdoctoral Research Associate  (Professor Madhavi Krishnan)
75,575 CHF p.a at The University of Zurich/Grade 7: 31,076 - 38,183 p.a at The University of Oxford

Professor Madhavi Krishnan's laboratory is looking for talented and highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associates with a strong background in physics, biophysics, or physical chemistry, to join them in taking forward an exciting emerging area of micropscopy-based single molecule measurement.

The group works in the broad area of soft condensed matter at the nanometer scale and has a specific interest in measuring and understanding electrostatics in molecular-scale matter, e.g., biological macromolecules. For instance, using the repulsive electrostatic interaction, the group recently demonstrated the ability to spatially trap single molecules in solution without the use of external forces (Nature, 2010; Nature Nanotechnology, 2012; Nature Nanotechnology, 2017). This "field-free" trap now enables measurements of the physical properties of macromolecules such as their electrical charge, size and 3D conformation with unprecedented precision, one at a time and in real time. The experimental approaches involved centre around optical imaging and spectroscopy and nanofabrication techniques. The work also relies on theory and simulation, specifically focusing on numerical mean-field electrostatics calculations and Brownian Dynamics simulations.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in physics, physical chemistry, biophysics, or a related area, or have submitted a PhD thesis prior to taking up the appointment. Candidates with a strong background in single-molecule fluorescence and microscopy are strongly encouraged to apply. In order to apply for this position, please send a single PDF consisting of a cover letter (explaining your background and motivation), CV including contact information for your references, and publication record, by email to

Please note that the post will initially begin at the Department of Chemistry, University of Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland) where the research group is currently located. The position will then continue at the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford as of 1st June 2018 when the research group moves from Zurich to Oxford. Please visit the current group website and get in touch with Professor Krishnan if interested.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

The University of Oxford and Department of Chemistry are Athena SWAN Silver Award holders.

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Application deadline for this post is 30 September 2017
The University of Oxford is an Equal Opportunity employer (22/08/2017)

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