Research Associate in Nanoparticle Synthesis

Department of Materials

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 13th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £36,694 - £49,210
  • REF: ENG02002
  • Closes: 14th February 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

The project aims to carry out research into design and develop plasmonic nanoparticles with multiple functionalities (nanoprobes) with maximum enhanced fluorescence in NIR II (1000 – 1700 nm) window, for their applications in breast cancer early diagnosis by fluorescence based bioimaging.

The applicant will be expected to synthesis various plasmonic materials and plasmonic/inorganic/organic composite and their advanced microscopic and spectroscopic characterization, to functionalize the nanoparticles with targeting molecules, drugs, and fluorescent molecules/QDs. These functionalized nanoparticles will be further investigated for their toxicology, in vitro/in vivo cell imaging as well as tissue imaging.

Safety Training: Compressed Gases and Connecting Gas Regulators ; ICIS Training for Safety Training Record Keeping and Data Reporting ; Radiation Protection – X-Ray Safety Awareness Training ; Risk Assessment Foundation Training (RAFT)

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities include:

  • To take initiative in the planning and execution of research into synthesis characterisation of engineered nanomaterials (SEM, TEM, XRD, PL, UV-vis)
  • To conduct data analysis and ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times
  • To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings
  • To write reports for submission to research sponsors and industrial collaborators
  • To prepare material for presentation in oral and poster formats
  • To present findings to colleagues and at conferences
  • To draft and submit publications to refereed journals
  • To take responsibility for organising resources and effective decision making in support of research
  • To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary
  • To develop contacts and research collaborations within the College and the wider community
  • To promote the reputation of the Groups, the Departments and the College
  • To direct the work of small research teams
  • To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times
  • To provide guidance to staff and students
  • To provide guidance to PhD Students
  • Contribute to bids for research grants
  • To conduct and plan own scientific work with appropriate supervision.
  • To actively participate in the research programme of the Group
  • To collaborate with other allied scientists within Imperial College and elsewhere in London and abroad, as appropriate

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or related subject or related field or equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience
    *Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant A demonstrated track record of original research in materials for biomedical applications
  • Experience in developing novel plasmonic materials synthesis
  • An excellent track record of refereed journal publications demonstrating both numerical and analytical skills relevant for the investigation;
  • Experience in novel plasmonic nanostructures synthesis or fabrication. (solution based approaches or nanolithography)
  • Knowledge of materials chemistry
  • Teaching experience
  • Cell culture and cell toxicity study

Further information

Further information regarding the post, please contact Dr Fang Xie,

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan ( ).

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework . Our values are:

  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

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.

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