Research Fellow in DNA / RNA Nanotechnology

Surrey, United Kingdom
£37,099 to £41,732
02 Oct 2023
End of advertisement period
27 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Location: Guildford
Salary: £37,099 to £41,732
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Friday 27 October 2023
Interview Date:  Monday 13 November 2023
Reference: 049723

We are currently seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate to join Dr. Wooli Bae’s research group at the University of Surrey. During this three-year position (fixed- term contract for 36 months), the postdoc will lead cutting-edge projects in DNA and RNA nanotechnology.

The postdoc will be involved in several projects to develop novel methods of DNA and RNA strand displacement reactions. These include:

  • Testing novel DNA strand displacement mechanisms for highly parallel information processing in DNA-based information storage devices.  
  • Advancing RNA computation for synthetic biology applications.

These interdisciplinary projects involve experimental work spanning DNA and RNA nanotechnology, synthetic biology, membrane biophysics, and microfluidics with implications in DNA-based information storage devices and the origin of life. The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. Wooli Bae and his group members, as well as collaborators at Imperial College London.

The post is ideally suited for someone with a keen interest in advancing dynamic DNA and RNA nanotechnology by developing new fundamental mechanisms. The postdoc will be expected to travel and work with collaborators in Germany, Belgium, South Korea, and Japan.

Key responsibilities

You will be conducting individual and collaborate research projects under the direction of the Principal Investigator, writing and publishing research articles in peer-reviewed journals, presenting research findings at conferences and seminars.

You will have opportunities to mentor and train undergraduate and postgraduate students, actively participating in lab meetings and other academic activities and contribute to developing research proposals and project management as well as continuing professional development by engaging with appropriate training courses. 

Key requirements

Minimum qualification are PhD in a relevant field such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Biochemistry, with strong laboratory experience in molecular biology (Experience in DNA or RNA nanotechnology and fluorescence measurement). A demonstrated ability to conduct independent research activities and good communication skills in English are desirable. A strong track record in publishing original research articles in peer-reviewed journals is preferred.

How to apply

Please contact Dr Wooli Bae ( for more information. Please apply via the University website and submit a CV with your application.

Further details:    Job Description    

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In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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