Senior Research Associate/Research Associate in the Physics of Biological Ion Channels
Physical and Environmental Sciences,Physics and Astronomy
Short info about job
Company: Lancaster University
Salary: £27,278 to £38,832 Please see below
Hours: Full Time
Contract type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Type / Role: Academic or Research
Phone: +44-1284 3705108
Fax: +44-1562 2925903
Detail information about job Senior Research Associate/Research Associate in the Physics of Biological Ion Channels. Terms and conditions vacancy
£27,278 - £31,604 – Grade 6
£33,518 - £38,832 – Grade 7
Lancaster University seeks applications for two 3-year (Senior) Research Associate posts funded by the Leverhulme Trust to work in the Nonlinear and Biomedical Physics Research Group of the Department of Physics.
You will join an interdisciplinary team of physicists and biological scientists whose aim is to develop a nonlinear theory of multi-ion conduction through narrow biological ion channels. It will encompass several physical effects that have only recently been appreciated, including Coulomb blockade, the discreteness of the ionic energy levels, their occupation statistics, and the density of states in the channel. The theory will be applied to the potassium KcsA channel, its mutants, and other narrow channels. The analytic theory will be complemented by numerical investigations using molecular dynamics and Brownian dynamics simulations, and the results will be compared with experiments.
This exciting project is expected to lead to a unified theory of conduction in narrow biological ion channels, able to predict the current and selectivity for different ions, concentrations, and membrane potentials. The results will readily be extendable to artificial nanopores, and could eventually find applications in medicine including the design of new drugs.
You will need a PhD in Physics or related discipline, a lively curiosity, and enthusiasm for solving important scientific problems through interdisciplinary research.
Two posts are available to support the project, and the appointee for this one will focus on the development of numerical modelling approaches and simulations. The appointment will be made either to Senior Research Associate (Grade 7) or to Research Associate (Grade 6).
The positions are available from 01/10/2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Peter McClintock ([email protected])
For more information on research in the Department of Physics please visit www.physics.lancs.ac.uk/research/.ac.uk/shm/research
Lancaster University Physics Department is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.
We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.