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Senior Research Associate/Research Associate in the Physics of Biological Ion Channels

Salary:   £27,285 to £38,832
Closing Date:   Sunday 17 September 2017
Interview Date:   Wednesday 04 October 2017
Reference:  A2017

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.

The two posts will focus on analytic theory and numerical modelling approaches, respectively. One appointment will be made to Senior Research Associate (Grade 7) and the other 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 (

 For more information on research in the Department of Physics please visit

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.

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