PhD Studentship in Novel Microscopy Techniques

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Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy, as well as Fluorescence Departments of Chemical Engineering and the MRC Cancer Cell Unit, Hutchison/MRC Research Centre, University of Cambridge

We are looking for a PhD student to work in the groups of Dr Clemens Kaminski (Chemical Engineering) and Prof. A. Venkitaraman (Hutchinson/MRC Research Centre) to develop and apply advanced microscopy methods for the investigation if the functional dynamics of BRCA2 and Rad51 proteins in relation to cancer.

The research will make use of state-of-the-art biophysical techniques, including super-resolution techniques such as Foerster Resonance Energy Transfer Microscopy and Lifetime Imaging Microscopy.

Applicants should have a first class degree (or equivalent) in biophysics, physics, optical engineering or other relevant disciplines, excellent communication skills and a desire to work in a multidisciplinary research team involving physicists and biologists.

Previous experience in biological research is highly desirable.

For informal enquiries please contact Prof. A. Venkitaraman (arv22 [at] or Dr. Clemens Kaminski (cfk23 [at]

The post is available from October. Applications should include a full CV, and the names of three referees.

The studentship is funded by the MRC and conditions will apply.

Applications should be sent by email to Ms. Sally Hames, Hutchison/MRC Research Centre, sah [at] using the reference "07PhD"

Closing Date: January 30.

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