University of Cambridge

PhD Studentship/Marie Sklodowska-Curie ESR: Marine Biomimetic Materials

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, United Kingdom

PhD Studentship/Marie Sklodowska-Curie ESR: Marine Biomimetic Materials
Department of Chemistry

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years.

We invite applications for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (MSC-ESR) Fellowship to work with Dr Silvia Vignolini on bio-mimetic approaches for light management in marine species. The project will form part of a EC Marie Sklodowska-Curie Training Network (BEEP), which unites 9 beneficiaries and 8 partner organisations from both the academic and industrial sectors from 6 countries (United Kingdom, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, USA). Specifically, BEEP aims (i) to unravel the fundamental strategies of light management in macroalgae, corals with symbiotic microalgae and bacteria, as well as sea-slugs with sequestered chloroplasts, and (ii) to apply such knowledge for creating novel artificial and bionic photosynthetic systems. Although based in Cambridge, the successful candidate will participate in several outreach activities, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with different members of the network.

More information about the network can be found at at Research within the network encompasses a number of disciplines from optics, physical chemistry to the material and biological sciences. In addition, inter-sectorial collaboration is promoted through short- and long-term secondments between academic and non-academic participants.

Applicants must satisfy the EC’s eligibility requirements for MSC-ESR Fellowships and must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the last three years. They should have (or expect to obtain) at least the equivalent of a UK upper second-class honours degree (and preferably a master’s degree) in physics, or other relevant scientific discipline. A deep knowledge of light-matter interaction is required; programming skills would be an advantage. The Fellowship is offered in conjunction with a PhD position, subject to the Fellow satisfying the university’s admissions requirements for PhD study. The Fellowship will provide a salary that includes a living allowance of around €40,000 p.a. plus a mobility allowance of around €6,425 p.a..

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details for at least two academic referees, and should be sent by email to Dr Silvia Vignolini ( and Prof. Luisa de Cola ( For queries regarding this post, please contact Dr Vignolini.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a recruitment workshop to be held in Cambridge/London, UK on 27-28 of January 2020.

Please quote reference MA20729 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date: 01 December 2019

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: MA20729