Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Organic Semiconductor optoelectronics for neurophysiology

This innovative project will develop organic semiconductor optoelectronic devices for monitoring and stimulating the activity of neurones. It aims to provide new tools for the study of brain function and the development of a brain-machine interface. It will establish an exciting collaboration between the departments of physics and psychology. A PhD in a physical science, engineering or neurophysiology (or equivalent experience) is required. Experience in some of optoelectronics, electronics, and organic semiconductors is required together with a strong interest in applying this knowledge to the rapidly developing field of neurobiology. Alternatively a background in neurophysiology together with a strong interest in optoelectronics would also be suitable.

Photonics is recognised as one of the strengths of Scottish Universities. The School of Physics and Astronomy (RAE 2nd equal in the UK and top in Scotland, 95% internationally recognised, excellent or leading) at St Andrews has strong activities in photonic crystals, optical parametric oscillators, polymer optoelectronics, semiconductor optoelectronics, ultrashort pulsed lasers, microchip lasers, quantum degenerate gases, experimental quantum optics, optical micromanipulation and biophotonics. The School of Psychology (RAE top in Scotland, 100% internationally recognised, excellent or leading) is one of the UK's strongest departments and internationally recognised for its research ranging from perception and human cognition to applied, clinical and health psychology. The behavioural neuroscience group is particularly relevant to this project and aims to understand the neural mechanisms underlying behaviour and cognition. The interdisciplinary nature of research at St Andrews is highlighted by the new £45M Interdisciplinary Medical Research Institute, and the world leading Centre for Biomolecular sciences which bring Biology, Chemistry, Medicine and Physics all together.

In particular we have built a major reputation in the area of Biophotonics in the last five years. We are looking for three new persons to join our Biophotonics team on the following distinct projects. Posts 1 - CD015/09 and 2 - CD016/09 are part of a new £1.2M Bioplatform grant given from the EPSRC, and post 3 - CD017/09 is a MRC discipline hopper award. The aim will be for the successful persons to undertake a number of collaborative feasibility studies in these areas with the aim of fostering new strands of Biophotonics research. Posts 1 and 2 are available for two years, in the first instance and post 3 for one year. A PhD in an appropriate area is required.

Informal enquiries to Professor Ifor Samuel Tel: 01334 463114, or Dr Eric Bowman, Tel: 01334 462093.

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