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A PhD position is available at Imperial College London in the group of Jasper van Thor, jointly supervised by James Barber. The topic is time resolved infrared vibrational spectroscopy of photosystem II of oxygenic photosynthesis. The research will involve primarily photoinduced spectroscopy measurements of photosynthesis using ultrafast laser systems. A significant aspect of the work will additionally involve structure based calculation and modelling using quantum chemistry, but will also involve biochemistry and sample manipulation.

The successful applicant will have a MRes degree, or equivalent, in chemistry, physics or alternatively biochemistry. Biochemistry applicants will need to demonstrate knowledge and background in molecular spectroscopy and structural biology as a requirement. Physics applicants will need to demonstrate affinity for biological and biochemical research, preferably with background in spectroscopy.

The PhD position is funded at the UK-European level, providing fees and a 15 K p.a. stipend for a period of three years starting 1 November 2014.

Applications should be emailed to Jasper van Thor by 30 September 2014
Please include your cv and your grades, a cover letter, and arrange for three references to send a letter of recommendation

General information regarding eligibility for application to Imperial College is found on these pages:
http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/entryrequirements/graduate
To qualify, you will need at least a BSc at 2:1 or better and a Masters in a relevant subject, preferably with distinction.
The PhD will be registered with the Life Sciences Department

For specific questions regarding the position please contact Jasper van Thor and/or James Barber – j.vanthor@imperial.ac.uk ; j.barber@imperial.ac.uk

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