Research assistant in Macromolecular Chemistry

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 31 May 2022

Published: 2022-05-18

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Subject description
Macromolecular Chemistry deals with the synthesis and characterization of macromolecules/polymers and has developed leading competence in polymers and biomaterials especially for life science and in vivo use. For the research project in question, the research assistant will be involved in the design and development of injectable hydrogels that can be used for delivery of cells or therapeutic factors in the eye, and tough hydrogels as potential corneal stromal substitutes. Macromolecular Chemistry has developed several biomaterials earlier for the delivery of cells or therapeutic factors. The aim of this project is to design, synthesize, and evaluate such biomaterials which can be used as injectable hydrogels to deliver cells or therapeutic factors, and tough hydrogels that can be used as an alternative to donor cornea.

Work duties

  • Chemical modification of ECM-derived polymers.
  • Bio-orthogonal crosslinking for preparation of injectable hydrogel for the delivery of cells or therapeutic factors to the eye and tough hydrogel for use as synthetic cornea.
  • Chemical and mechanical characterization of hydrogels.

Applicants must have:

  • An education within the field of biomaterials, nanotechnology, or chemical engineering. If the final degree is not awarded yet, all major courses and degree project should be completed.
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
  • Hands-on experience and good knowledge on chemical modification of gelatin and collagen, and their characterization, hydrogel preparation using bio-orthogonal crosslinking reaction, chemical characterization of hydrogels, characterization of hydrogel physical properties, and mechanical characterization of hydrogels by rheology and tensile tests.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

Additional requirements
Good knowledge in rheology (linear and non-linear measuremnts, wall-slip detection and calculation of slip-velocity and slip-length using known models, and knowledge on calculation of stress relaxation modulus and creep compliance from dynamic oscillatory measurements)is benefecial.

Salary: Individual pay.

Starting date: 2022-06-01 or as soon as possible.

Type of employment: Temporary position ending 2022-08-31.

Working hours: 100 %.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Ayan Samanta, telephone: +46 76 328 42 43, email:

Please submit your application by 31 May 2022, UFV-PA 2022/1971.

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Placement: Department of Chemistry - Ångström Laboratory

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position 3-6 months

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100%

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2022/1971

Last application date: 2022-05-31

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