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Postdoctoral Positions


Are you interested in using your skills and expertise in nanofabrication to unlock longstanding secrets of biology? Is nanofabrication your equivalent of Picasso’s paintbrush? Do you wield an e-beam lithography system with the dexterity and skill that a Jedi wields a lightsaber? Does achieving perfect nanoscale overlays over large areas using a 100keV system make you high five everyone in the cleanroom? If so, we currently have an opening for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher, open to candidates from anywhere in the world, on an ambitious ‘blue skies’ interdisciplinary research grant funded by Imperial’s Excellence Fund for Frontier Research. This project is in collaboration with the research groups of Dr Andrei Kozlov and Dr Chris Rowlands. The start date is flexible and can commence anytime from September 2019. If interested, please send an email to Dr Almquist containing a cover letter, your CV, examples of your experience in nanofabrication (peer-reviewed research papers and preprints are both acceptable - if not possible due to being confidential government/industrial research, please inquire about alternatives), and the contact details for three references. As always, we especially encourage applications from underrepresented groups. Having a bit of doubt about your fit, please send an email! You’ll never know if you don’t ask!

We are always interested in exploring potential opportunities for sponsoring fellowship applications. Examples include Wellcome Trust, Royal Commission of 1851, Royal Society, and Imperial's Research Fellowships. A more extensive list can be found here. Please highlight why our group is an ideal location to carry out your fellowship when contacting to discuss opportunities. For all applications it is best to begin discussing ideas at least 6 months prior to the deadlines to ensure enough time to formulate competitive applications. Also, some applications require internal departmental approval prior to applying.

PhD Students

In general we are open to exploring PhD positions within the group. It is best to begin discussing opportunities the end of the academic year before you plan to apply (e.g. Jan-Jul 2018 to start Oct 2019). This provides ample time to identify potential PhD funding opportunities. Many of the top scholarships have deadlines in the fall, so early discussions are key to submitting a competitive application. Note that the number of routes to funding PhD positions is greatest for UK citizens, followed closely by EU citizens. There are currently limited opportunities for international students. Some of these include the Imperial President's PhD Scholarship (only 1 allowed per research group at a given time), Imperial/China Scholarship Council, and Imperial Commonwealth Scholarship.

MRes Students

We are always open to exploring MRes positions. Please contact us to begin discussing opportunities in the last year of your current degree. As is usually the case, beginning discussions earlier is better since positions tend to fill up later in the year. We are also open to hosting international scholars at the MSc/MRes level (e.g. Fulbright Scholars, Marshall Scholars). In the past we have hosted Fulbright and Whitaker Fellows who have all gone on to secure highly competitive PhD Fellowships and positions, both in the UK and USA.

Undergraduate Reseachers

In general we accept undergraduates from Imperial for positions over the summer term. Preference is given to students who are interested in remaining in the lab for their 3rd and/or 4th year research projects. This allows students to engage with more in-depth research projects, solidify training, and usually have been found to be more rewarding in the long-run. Selection for UROP positions generally begins around January, with preference given to students currently in the lab.