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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 and Project Manager, 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 

PhD studentship in quantum nanodiamond diagnostics for ultra-sensitive virus detection
London Centre for Nanotechnology
Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD Studentship to work with Professor Rachel McKendry (London Centre for Nanotechnology & Division of Medicine). The award is funded by the London Centre for Nanotechnology at UCL.

The project will involve nanoparticle functionalisation and characterisation, fluorescence imaging, development of measurement systems comprising of optical and electronic components; biochemical binding kinetics; diagnostic assay development and evaluation with clinical samples. This is an exciting interdisciplinary studentship at the cutting interface of quantum/nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, medicine and public health and is aligned to the large i-sense EPSRC IRC in Agile Early Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases and AMR.

The studentship will cover Home tuition fees and an annual stipend of no less than £17,609 increasingly annually with inflation. The studentship is funded for 3.5 years on a full-time basis, or up to 7 years on a part-time basis. Part-time stipend figures are pro-rata.

The successful applicant is expected to start in September/October 2021.

Full details


Interested candidates should submit a supporting statement, a full CV (including contact details for at least two academic referees) and a copy of transcripts to-date via the PhD Portal.

Closing June 2021