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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Active Matter Experimental Lead - QMUL21974

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £31,613 - £40,194 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL21974
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 27-Mar-2020
Closing date: 30-Jun-2020

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About the Role

The aim of the project is to discover the molecular basis of novel phase transitions – from liquid or solid states to rotator phases – solid states with degrees of freedom. These have been implicated in the self-healing of biological systems and are the basis for the recently discovered phenomena of artificial morphogenesis from our lab. It also involves harnessing these transitions for applications – both within the framework of the project, as well longer term in a potential start-up that could be based on those technologies.

About us

This post is within the School of Engineering and Materials Science, a large School with approximately 70 academic staff and 45 postdoctoral research staff. There are around 1000 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students and 220 PhD students. Circa 40 administrative and technical staff support the staff and students. The staff and student body are international in make-up. The School is partway through a refurbishment project that is upgrading research and teaching space. The School holds a departmental-level Bronze Athena SWAN award and is committed to equality of opportunity.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum, a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full time, fixed term appointment for 2 years, with an expected start date of October 2020. The starting salary will be Grade 4, in the range of £31,613 - £40,194 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Smoukov at or on +44 (0) 020 7882 5305.

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 30 June 2020.

The School of Engineering & Materials Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science and is a registered member of WISE. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the WISE principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

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