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Applications are invited from PhD candidates to join the Bioinspired Materials Modelling group at the Department of Chemistry at King’s College London (KCL). The full ad is available. Funding is available for 4 years and covers tuition fees at the level set for UK students. International students with settled or pre-settled status are also eligible.

You will be supervised by Dr Micaela Matta (Lecturer in Chemistry from April 2022). The start date is flexible between July and October 2022. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic group with a strong international collaborative network, developing the next generation of bioinspired polymers for healthcare applications.

The Bioinspired Materials Modelling group is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Applications from under-represented groups in chemistry, including, but not limited to first-generation graduates, non traditional students, disabled, neurodiverse, female, gender-non-conforming, LGTBQIA+, black and minority ethnic candidates are particularly welcome.

About the Project:

Organic bioelectronic devices are the next-generation of implantable, diagnostic or sensing devices. The objective of our group is to leverage computational modelling tools to understand the structure and properties of organic polymers for bioelectronics. We are particularly interested in developing biocompatible materials inspired by eumelanin, the black pigment in our skin, eyes and hair.

You will develop a computational screening toolset and library of materials for applications in bioelectronics. You will learn to use density functional theory, molecular dynamics, cheminformatics and machine learning tools to explore and design novel bioinspired and biocompatible polymers.

Application Procedure:

Applications including a cover letter, a full up-to-date CV, together with the names and email addresses of two academic referees should be sent as soon as possible to Dr Micaela Matta (micaela.matta@kcl.ac.uk).

In the cover letter you should detail why you are interested in the position and how your skills, interests and background are a good match for this project.

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found, however you are encouraged to submit early.

To be considered for the position candidates must apply via King’s Apply online application system. Details are available at https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study-legacy/postgraduate/research-courses/chemistry-mphil-phd

As part of the selection process, short-listed candidates will be invited for a remote interview.

If you require support with the application process, please contact the Chemistry Postgraduate Administrator Cairn Macfarland PGR-chemistry@kcl.ac.uk. Please indicate your desired supervisor and quote research group.

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