The Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia, with its official English translation Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and acronym ICN2, is a non-profit international research institute located close to Barcelona, Spain. Its research lines focus on the newly-discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behaviour of matter at the nanoscale.
The Research Associate in Graphene Bioconjugate Chemistry will contribute to the scientific programme and management of the Graphene Flagship project. The work will involve surface modification of different types of graphene and related 2D materials, some of which will need to undergo chemical modification to be biochemically studied (on interaction with different biological entities and cells). The Research Associate should be able to perform such experimental work alone or in collaboration with partner laboratories to improve their biocompatibility and offer added functionality to the 2D materials. Expert use of a chemical synthesis laboratory and a wide range of physicochemical and materials characterisation techniques (Raman, AFM, SEM, TGA, laser light scattering, spectrophotometry, electron microscopy, ICP-MS, XPS) will be essential to determine the mechanisms and impact of interaction between graphene and cellular models and tissues.
- Through interaction with the PI and other members of the Nanomedicine Group to contribute proactively to the development, progression and execution of the project
- Synthesis, functionalization, and characterisation of various graphene-based materials (graphene oxide, exfoliated graphene, other 2D material)
- Covalent and non-covalent graphene complexation with biologically active molecules (proteins, peptides,
- Use of chemical synthesis tools and protocols to surface-modify 2D materials
- Use a range of physicochemical and materials characterisation techniques (Raman, AFM, SEM, TGA, laser light scattering, spectrophotometry, electron microscopy, ICP-MS, XPS)
- Execution of experiments using different core facilities at the Campus UAB and collaborating institutions
- Training and supervision of students and researchers in physicochemical and materials characterisation tools and protocols established and core facilities used
- Contribution to the scientific management of the collaborative project (authoring periodic reports, presentations in biannual meetings) that will require overseas travel
- Participate in shared responsibilities that contribute to the management and running of the laboratory
Summary of conditions:
· Full time work (37,5h/week)
· Contract Length: 1 year, renewable up to 2 years
· Salary will depend on qualifications and demonstrated experience.
· Support to the relocation issues.
· Life Insurance.
Estimated Incorporation date: as soon as possible
- PhD in chemistry, chemical engineering or materials science or equivalent
- Demonstrable previous experience in the chemical synthesis and modification of carbon nanomaterials and grapheme
- Extensive expert use of an array of physicochemical and materials characterisation tools (Raman, AFM, SEM, TGA, laser light scattering, spectrophotometry, electron microscopy, ICP-MS, XPS)
- Excellent research and methodological skills relevant to the research theme (surface modification or chemical functionalisation of carbon nanomaterials)
- Excellent organisational and time-management skills, including the ability to deliver timely and high quality outputs
- Ability to demonstrate scientific writing and communication skills
- Ability to be creative in research ideas to develop/progress the research area
- Ability to plan, organise, and undertake work without detailed supervision
- Ability to develop effective working relationships with all levels of staff, students and external contacts
- Ability to work under pressure and maintain a high degree of accuracy
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team
- Ability to work independently, use own initiative, where appropriate, and be proactive in approach to work
- Ability and enthusiasm to learn new skills outside own discipline
- Experience in experimental research using of electron microscopy techniques (TEM, cryo-EM, tomography)
- Experience and direct involvement in projects funded by the European Commission (under H2020, FP7, or earlier Framework programmes) o Previous hands-on research experience in handling and studying the biological investigation of carbon nanomaterials, in particular graphene, with biological matter (proteins, cells, tissues)
- Experience in culturing and genetic modification of mammalian cells.
- Experience with extraction and culture of primary cells and their culturing protocols
- Previous experience of applying for research funding
- Experience of supervising student research projects
- Evidence of a developing track record in publishing and dissemination of high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals