Post-doctoral Position in Bacterial Nanomechanics

We are seeking a post-doctoral candidate to carry out a project on nanomechanical measurements of micro-organisms (bacteria) using AFM.
The project is likely to also involve other physical chemistry techniques, and aims to continue recent successful work in this area in our lab. It is part of a large-scale ongoing project to study the
basis of microbial antibiotic action / resistance using physical chemistry (in this case microscopic and spectroscopic) techniques. The project will be carried out at Requimte/The Department of Chemistry of
the University of Porto, Portugal.
The candidate is expected to apply for a post-doctoral grant from the FCT (Portuguese funding agency), with our support and supervision. The project will be jointly supervised by Drs. Peter Eaton and Paula
Gameiro, with microbiological supervision by Dr. Maria Feio. The FCT grants have the value of ca. 1500 euros pcm, and are renewable annually for up to 3 years.
The ideal candidate would have experience of AFM-based measurements of micro-organisms and experience of FTIR spectroscopy. Knowledge of standard microbiological techniques would be an advantage.
Application should be made by sending a CV, including details of experimental techniques and all publications (in preparation, in press and published), via email to either Dr. Peter Eaton
(, or Dr. Paula Gameiro ( The FCT grant application call is now open, so responses should reach us before 15th July.

Dr. Peter Eaton
Investigador Auxiliar
REQUIMTE, Departamento de Química
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto
Rua do Campo Alegre, 687
4169-007 Porto

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