Research Fellow in Microfluidics and Crystallization

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

Job posting number: #7080143 (Ref:EPSCH1038)

Posted: June 21, 2021

Job Description


Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in microfluidics? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities?

We are looking for an outstanding Research Fellow to join the project “Dynamic Control of Mineralization”, which is funded under an ERC Advanced grant to Professor Fiona Meldrum in the School of Chemistry.

This project will take inspiration from biomineralization to achieve unprecedented – dynamic – control over crystallization processes.  To achieve this ambitious goal it is necessary to create well-defined reaction environments, to rigorously characterise nucleation and growth with excellent time resolution and to be able to interact with a forming crystal. Thanks to advances in microfabrication techniques and analytical methods we finally have the tools required to meet these demands.   

You will use microfluidic devices to create environments ranging from flowing droplets to defined, static chambers.  Solutions, particles and organic additives will be added at specific time points – even to flowing droplets – changing their compositions, and advanced analytical techniques – including synchrotron-based methods – will be used to study crystallization processes over multiple length scales with exceptional time-resolution.  

This has the potential to create a step-change in the way we study and control crystallization, with the ultimate goal of bringing the exceptional control over mineralization achieved in biology to the laboratory.

You will have a PhD (or will have submitted your thesis prior to taking up the appointment) in Physical Sciences or a closely related field, and you will have a background in microfluidics and have experience in the design and manufacture of microfluidic systems.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Fiona Meldrum, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6414


Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1 January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31 December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Chemistry
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions, an appointment will not be made above £38,017 p.a.
Working Time:  37.5 hours per week
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (3 years (grant funding))
Release Date:  Friday 18 June 2021
Closing Date:  Sunday 18 July 2021
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  EPSCH1038

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