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Postdoctoral Senior Research Associate/Research Associate in Nonlinear and Biomedical Physics

Salary:   £27,831 to £39,609
Closing Date:   Thursday 30 May 2019
Interview Date:   Wednesday 12 June 2019
Reference:  A2647

Lancaster University seeks applications for a Senior Research Associate or Research Associate, 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 ionic Coulomb blockade, the discreteness of the ionic energy levels, their occupation statistics, and the density of states in the channel. The theory is being applied to the potassium KcsA channel, its mutants, and to other narrow channels. The appointee will be responsible for both analytic theory and numerical investigation, but with an emphasis on molecular dynamics and Brownian dynamics simulations, whose 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 could eventually find applications in medicine including the design of new drugs, and will readily be extendable to artificial nanopores, with possible application to e.g.  the desalination of sea water.

You will need a PhD in Physics or related discipline, a lively curiosity, and enthusiasm for solving important scientific problems through interdisciplinary research.

The appointment will be made either to Senior Research Associate (Grade 7) or to Research Associate (Grade 6), depending on experience. 

The position is available from 01/07/2019 for up to 14 months. 

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Peter McClintock (

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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