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Collaboration opportunities

We are always interested in discussing new opportunities for research collaboration.

We plan to grow the i-sense network into a national centre of excellence over the next five years and we will bring in a broad range of disciplines and expertise to help us realise our research vision. 

If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact i-sense Communications Officer, Erin Manning (

Job vacancies 

We welcome applications from outstanding and enthusiastic researchers to join i-sense.

Our team is highly interdisciplinary with chemists, biochemists, physicists, engineers, computer scientists, microbiologists, epidemiologists and clinicians, working together on innovative sensing systems for infectious diseases.

We receive a very high number of applications and successful students typically have a First Class degree and research experience. Successful postdocs have a strong publication record. We encourage the most promising researchers to apply for Fellowships (for example, Royal Society, EPSRC, Wellcome Trust) and provide them with the scientific environment and mentorship that they need to become future successful independent investigators.

Current opportunities 

Title: i-sense Intern in Mobile Diagnostics and Machine Learning

Salary: £10.55 per hour; 36.5hours/week

Duration: The intern expected start date will be agreed with Prof McKendry and will last up to three months.

Job Summary:
Applications are invited from talented recent graduates or postgraduate students to join i-sense EPSRC IRC for a paid Internship to develop innovative smartphone connected paper microfluidic diagnostic tests for the emerging infectious diseases in community settings. The interns will have the opportunity to develop their skills by working at the cutting interface of nanotechnology, telecommunications, medicine and public health.

For full job description, please download the PDF below: 

Application procedure: Please email your CV and a Cover Letter detailing your suitability and reasons for applying to Prof Rachel McKendry (

Closing date: Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Title: PhD Studentship

Salary: The studentship will cover Home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of no less than £17,009 increasingly annually with inflation.

Duration: The studentship is funded for 4 years on a full-time basis.

Job Summary:

We seek to recruit an outstanding engineer/physical scientist to build a new generation of quantum sensors for early disease diagnosis at the point of care. This exciting PhD project is aligned to the i-sense EPSRC IRC, a large interdisciplinary research collaboration, led by UCL, which aims to detect infectious diseases much earlier than ever before (Director Prof Rachel McKendry).

The research will aim to harness the unique properties of quantum materials to develop an ultra-sensitive diagnostic devices to detect the very early stages of infection. This project will involve the use of novel materials and optical detection systems.

For full description, please download the PDF below: 

Application procedure: Interested candidates should contact Prof Rachel McKendry ( with a covering letter and a full CV (including contact details for at least two academic referees plus marks/grades achieved on current courses if/as applicable). The covering letter should outline your interest in and suitability for researching the suggested topic.

Successful candidates will be invited to submit a formal application to UCL.

Closing date: The closing date for applications is 21st June 2019, and interviews will be held in 27th and 28th June 2019. The project will commence on 1st October 2019. Any inquiries or further information about the studentship should be emailed to Prof McKendry.