Postdoctoral Fellowship on Diamond-Based Quantum Bio-Sensing: Seeing Inside Single Cells

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Diamond-Based Quantum Bio-Sensing: Seeing Inside Single Cells
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position on diamond-based quantum sensing investigating nanoscale phenomena in single-cell algae using quantum optics tools at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge). Dinoflagellate algae are engaged in multiple symbiotic interactions with plastids and coral-building reefs in a very fragile interplay which is currently poorly understood. This project seeks to apply diamond-based nanoscale quantum sensing techniques to reveal the intricacies of these interactions on the single cell, single organelle level. The post is part of a multi-institutional project funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

We are looking for an experimental quantum and/or nanoscale optics expert with a PhD in Physics, Applied Physics or Biophysics. Experience with optical imaging and designing new imaging platforms and techniques is essential. Where the successful applicant does not yet have a PhD at the time of appointment, he/she will normally be under-appointed as a Research Assistant in a Research Associate post (on the understanding that he/she will be appointed as a Research Associate upon successful completion of his/her PhD).

This project will be based in the University of Cambridge, Department of Physics. The successful applicant will join the Atomic, Mesoscopic and Optical Physics (AMOP) research group to work with Dr Helena Knowles and Professor Mete Atatüre. They will also work closely with Dr Sarah Bohndiek in the Biological and Soft Systems Group (BSS) at the Cavendish Laboratory but also collaborate with Dr Ross Waller (Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge), particularly on applying the spatial proteomics method hyperLOPIT to the dinoflagellate cell systems. The Postdoctoral Fellow joining for this project will enjoy working together with a vibrant team of postdocs and PhD students. More information on the research group is available at the group website:

How to apply: Applications will be considered with a deadline of February10th 2019. The position is for 2 years initially and can be extended for an additional year. Employment requirements of the University of Cambridge and the Physics Department apply, please check the official job announcement for more information on how to submit your application:
Applicants are encouraged to contact Mete Atatüre directly via or Helena Knowles via