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Pietro Cicuta


There are currently no Faculty openings in Biological Physics in the department.

Postdoctoral positions

There is currently a vacancy in my group: Postdoc to develop low cost parallelised optical microscopes. Track record in instrument building and coding and ideally instrument automation. Backgrounds in Engineering, Computer Science or Physics. Details, see

There is always the chance to discuss hosting Fellowships. Typical programmes to secure own funding: College Stipendiary JRF, Ernest Oppenheimer Fund, EPSRC and BBSRC, Herchel Smith, HFSP, Marie Curie, and various national schemes.

PhD student vacancies

Inquiries are welcome for PhD positions. A reminder that overseas (EU non-UK, and particularly non-EU) applications need to be submitted very early (around November 2018, for a start in the following October 2019) in order to be considered for all funding opportunities. UK applicants should ideally apply before December 2018.

In general some experience and interest in aspects of soft matter physics, optical trapping, microfluidics fabrication, instrument automation and/or biological physics is desired.

For October 2019 I am particularly looking for students interested in: (a) bacteria and micro-organism growth in microfabricated controlled environments; (b) the study of Malaria infection with advanced optical trapping techniques; (c) the physics of motile cilia synchronisation; (d) phospholipid membrane based functional systems. Do look at our recently published papers, and get in touch to discuss projects.

Further information on general University application procedures is available here.