None at the moment. If you are interested in applying for your
own funding, e.g. from the CSC, please contact me.
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
- Combined LAPS and SICM for multimodal live cell imaging
The School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary
University of London has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research
Assistant to work on the project “Combined LAPS and SICM for
multimodal live cell imaging” funded through EPSRC under the
supervision of Dr Steffi Krause and Dr Pavel Novak.
multidisciplinary project, two electrochemical imaging
techniques, light-addressable potentiometric sensors (LAPS)
and scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM), will be
combined for the first time to create a novel instrument
suitable for functional electrochemical imaging on both sides
of a layer of cells. The release of reagents locally on the
apical side while continuously imaging ion concentrations and
cell impedance basally will provide us with new insights into
the transport mechanisms through tissues with unprecedented
detail and contribute to the understanding of physiological
processes and disease mechanisms.
Applicants should have,
or be about to gain, a PhD in physics, chemistry or
electronics and have excellent oral and written communication
skills. You will work with two research groups with strong
track records in the development of instrumentation for
electrochemical imaging and the development of devices with
different sensor functionalities. You will integrate the
photo-electrochemical imaging technique LAPS with the scanning
probe technique SICM and write a LabView program for
controlling the imaging and data acquisition functions of the
instrument. In the second part of the project, you will modify
LAPS chips with compounds provided by our collaborator to
achieve sensing functionality for different ions. The
instrument will be validated by simultaneous apical and basal
imaging of two in-vitro cell models.
Applicants should have
experience in instrument development. Previous experience of
LAPS, photo-electrochemical or scanning probe imaging is
desirable. The candidate must be able to work independently
and as part of a multidisciplinary team. The project will be
co-supervised by Dr Steffi Krause and Dr Pavel Novak.
post is full time and fixed term for 36 months. The project is
funded by EPSRC and is expected to start on 1st September
2018. The starting salary will be £36,677 per annum inclusive
of London Allowance. (Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave,
pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan).
Apply online at
I am happy to support a joint application for a
Marie-Curie Fellowship if you are interested in our research.
For further information
please contact Steffi Krause