PhD position - Nanostructural characterisation of protein interactions with lipid bilayer membranes

Phd Pos


PhD position

Neutrons for society - InnovaXN - ESRF - TIMC


This offer is related to the following project:
"Nanostructural characterisation of protein interactions with lipid bilayer membranes : basis for biosensor development."



This PhD project is in the field of biosensors based on nanostructured biomimetic tethered lipid bilayers (tBLM) to detect plasma proteins.


Expected profile:

  • Degree allowing enrolment for a PhD (such as MSc, Master 2 de Recherche, Laurea or equivalent) in physics, materials science, chemistry or closely related science
  • background in large scale facilities experiments (neutron and x-ray scattering), and knowledge computer programming (C++, Python) would be an advantage
  • Ability in handling of biological materials would be an advantage

The successful candidate will be enrolled in the doctoral school of Université Grenoble Alpes and based full-time at the ILL (Grenoble, France), other than a 3-month secondment at SDX-membranes (Roseville, Australia). Additional visits totaling no more than 3 months may be made to the University Grenoble Alpes when needed. Furthermore, a varied pedagogical training programme will be offered to the successful candidate throughout the 3-year PhD project.

For more information / to apply, see:

Deadline for applications: 31/03/2021
Contract duration: 36 months


  • Giovanna Fragneto (email:fragneto [at],
  • Marco Maccarini  (email: marco.maccarini [at] or
  • Donald Martin (email: donald.martin [at]