Research Associate in Innovative Biomaterials

Updated: about 13 hours ago
Location: South Kensington, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 13 Apr 2020

Job description
Job summary

Engineering biomaterials that elicit desired biological responses and developing state-of-the-art biomaterials characterisation techniques. The elucidation of the interfaces between materials and biological environments is an extremely important aspect of generating high impact materials-based approaches for healthcare applications. The post-holder will design and fabricate innovative biomaterials to expand our portfolio and will apply spectroscopy and high resolution microscopy to understand a variety of factors that define the bio-material interaction for example surface modification and topographical cues. The post-holder will be active within a vibrant and multidisciplinary environment comprising multiple projects. This post will liaise closely with researchers trained in a wide array of faculties, including nanomaterials, engineering, as well as biology (with focus areas in drug delivery, tissue engineering and diagnostics).

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities


  • Design, synthesise and fabricate innovative micro/nanoparticles and peptide-based materials for drug delivery, regenerative medicine and biosensing applications.
  • Materials based characterisation of innovative nano/microcarriers for applications in therapeutic delivery.
  • Materials based characterisation of the interface between materials and biological environments.
  • Use state-of-the-art materials characterisation techniques to analyse the materials.
  • Establish versatile characterisation protocols that can be translated to a variety of applications.
  • Undertake the associated data analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Help the other research staff, technicians, and students in the daily management of the group laboratories and facilities.
  • To liaise with the other research staff and students working in broad areas of relevance to the research project and partner institutions.
  • To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals, presentations, and the web.
  • To attend progress and management meetings as required and network with the other research groups.
  • To collaborate with industrial partners.
  • To take initiatives in the planning of research.
  • To develop any required skills and knowledge.
  • To identify and develop suitable techniques and apparatus for the collection and analysis of data.
  • To conduct data analysis.
  • To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times.
  • To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings.
  • To write reports for submission to research sponsors.
  • To prepare material for presentation in oral and poster formats.
  • To present findings to colleagues and at conferences.
  • To draft publications and prepare them for submission to refereed journals.
  • To publish in high quality refereed journals.

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • A first degree (or equivalent) or a Masters (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or Engineering or similar.
  • A PhD (or equivalent) in Biomaterials Characterisation/Preparation, or similar.
  • Experience in peptide- or polymer-derived hydrogels.
  • Experience in nanoparticle synthesis and microfabrication strategies (e.g. polymer synthesis, self-assembly)
  • Experience in microfabrication techniques (e.g. photolithography, 3D-printing)
  • Experience in physicochemical characterisation techniques (e.g. spectroscopy, Raman, SAXS, etc.)
  • Experience in microscopy characterisation techniques (e.g. TEM, SEM and/or AFM) and image analysis software (e.g. ImageJ).
  • Experience in data and image analysis (e.g. multivariate analysis)
  • Experience in writing papers focusing on biomaterials development and characterisation, including a number of first-authored papers in well-respected journals.
  • Knowledge of biomaterials for applications in regenerative medicine and biosensing.
  • Knowledge of the influence of nano- and micro- topography on cell response.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrable ability for innovation and original research.
  • A proven publication record.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct a detailed review of recent literature.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and apply new concepts.
  • A creative approach to problem-solving.
  • Experience of project management.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477- £38,566 per annum.

Further guidance may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan ([email protected]).

Further information can be obtained from Professor Molly Stevens, [email protected]

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