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Project to be developed under the supervision of Dr Alberto Mezzetti (Sorbonne University, Paris, France) in collaboration with Dr Diana Kirilovsky (Paris-Saclay University, Gif-sur-Yvette, France)

Our research group at is actively seeking a PhD candidate for a research project on encapsulation of a photoactivable protein, Orange Carotenoid Protein, in silica nanoporous matrices, under the supervision of Dr Alberto Mezzetti.

The project is at the interface between molecular biophysics and material science, and it will be developed at the Surface Reactivity laboratory (”Laboratoire de Réactivité de Surface”, Mixed unit with French CNRS) of Sorbonne University, Paris, located in the center of the town. The project will be developed in close collaboration with Dr Diana Kirilovsky, University Paris-Saclay, France.

Salary is around 1350 euros net /month, which can be complemented (~150 euros/month) with some teaching to be delivered in French. Some funding for lodging (depending on the rent) is also provided by the French State.

Starting date is October 1st, 2018. Candidature should arrive to no later than May 8th, 2018. After a first selection and an informal interview (e.g. by skype), the pre-selected candidate will have to undertake a formal interview by the board of teachers of the doctoral school in physical chemistry of materials at Sorbonne University at the end of May / beginning of June 2018. Interviews normally take place in Paris, but some exceptions may be considered for candidates applying from outside western Europe or in special cases.

The ideal candidate is highly motivated physical chemist with strong interest in molecular biophysics, and some experience on interactions between protein or peptides and inorganic surfaces. Knowledge of vibrational spectroscopy and/or nanoporous materials is a plus. Good knowledge of English is mandatory. Knowledge of French is not necessary bu it is a plus. The name of two references (one of which should be the Master's thesis supervisor) are required. Applicant should have obtained their M.Sc. before the summer 2018.

More info on the attached file. Please, spread the info as much as possible.

Dr Alberto Mezzetti Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry Sorbonne University

Ph.D. Stipends Available – Department of Chemistry, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
Controlling and Characterizing the Behavior of Singlet Oxygen in Mammalian Cells

Issues pertinent to the roles played by reactive oxygen species (ROS) in live cells will be studied. Singlet oxygen is a ROS that is important in processes that range from cell death to cell proliferation. It can diffuse over a finite distance in a cell and, as such, is a unique signaling agent. Messages are sent, for example, through its reactions with cellular proteins.

The project focusses on methods to (1) control singlet oxygen production using optogenetic photosensitizers, (2) monitor cell response using microscope-based techniques, and (3) quantify the pertinent photophysical and photochemical processes.

The techniques/tools involved include (1) the use of pulsed femtosecond lasers to perturb cells, (2) the use of super-resolution microscopes to monitor cell response, and (3) the design, characterization, and incorporation of optogenetic proteins in live cells.

Those with interests that range from Physical Chemistry to Molecular Biology are encouraged to contact:
Peter R. Ogilby, Department of Chemistry, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark