Research Fellow (80429-077)

Updated: 3 days ago
Location: Warwick, ENGLAND
Deadline: 17 Aug 2017

Vacancy Type/Job category
Research Only
£29,301-£38,183 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Fixed term contract for 12-15 months
We are seeking a research fellow to work on the development of a new electrochemical based measurement methodology for the chemical sensing of analytes, ultimately in an in-vivo environment (blood and tissues). The project will be based around the use of conducting synthetic diamond and represents an exciting opportunity to join the Research and Development Programme at the University of Warwick, Electrochemistry and Interfaces Group. The research at Warwick will be directed by Prof Julie Macpherson (
You will be a highly motivated person with experience in any one of the following areas of expertise; biomedical sensing, electroanalytical sensing, sensor development, bioengineering. A knowledge of electrochemistry is expected. Experience in technique/method development, experiment design and sensor fabrication / packaging would also be advantageous.
To join our interdisciplinary and highly regarded team you will be an enthusiastic and committed person. It is essential that you are able to work both independently and as part of a highly motivated team, delivering on deadlines, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and experience of presenting your work to both national and international audiences. The team has an excellent track record of publications and capturing new intellectual property. You will have a PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant area of Chemistry or Bioengineering (or relevant discipline).
Informal Enquiries: - Professor Julie V. Macpherson,
If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£28,453). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£29,301).
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Job Description
Job Purpose
To be involved in all aspects of the development of a new conducting diamond based sensor and measurement technology for ultimately in-vivo chemical analysis.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Development of a new biomedical electrochemical based sensor for the simultaneous detection of two solution species, with the same sensor.
2. Development of mathematical procedures / signal processing to quantify two different chemical species in solution with the same sensor
3. Development of appropriate packing solutions for the proposed sensors
4. Evaluation of the appropriate material properties / surface structure of the proposed sensor.
5. Ability to mimic in-vivo solutions in the laboratory and develop appropriate measurement protocols and determination of sensitivity limits
6. Development of supporting protocols.
7. Writing reports, papers, patents and proposals in a timely fashion and where appropriate presenting results at national and international conferences and to collaborating partners.
8. Evaluating patentability of the work produced
9. Playing an active role in the research group at the University
10. Being responsible for installation and maintenance of equipment and training of personnel on equipment and the general management of the dedicated diamond sensors laboratory.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
PhD or equivalent in a relevant area of Chemistry or Bioengineering (or relevant discipline). (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Knowledge of, and experience in, a range of electrochemical techniques. (a, c, d)
Essential Criteria 3
Appropriate mathematical skill set (a, c)
Essential Criteria 4
Experience with working with blood, blood plasma or tissues/cells (a)
Essential Criteria 5
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team on research programmes. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 6
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary project area of research. (c, d)
Essential Criteria 7
Ability to initiate, plan, organise, implement and deliver programmes of research, working to tight deadlines. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 8
Ability to write and deliver presentations to both national and international audience standard. (c, d)
Essential Criteria 9
Excellent writing skills and record of success in published papers. (a, c)
Essential Criteria 10
Interest in interdisciplinary research and willingness to learn new techniques. (a, c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Experience in analytical techniques and instrumentation development. (a)
Desirable Criteria 2
Experience in the use of material characterisation techniques e.g. Raman, electron microscopy, interferometry, atomic force microscopy etc. (a)
Desirable Criteria 3
A knowledge of or an ability to learn visual programming languages such as Lab VIEW, modelling packages (e.g. COMSOL Multiphasic) and design software (e.g. Solid works). (a, c)
Desirable Criteria 4
Ability to inspire and an interest in the exploitation/application of new science in real world applications. (c, d)
Desirable Criteria 5
Awareness of general laboratory management skills such as safe working practices and basic HSE requirements. (a, c)
Further Particulars
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars .
For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website .
The Warwick Electrochemistry and Interfaces Group (WEIG) investigate a wide range of fundamental and applied topics in electrochemistry, interfacial science and nano science, including life sciences applications (see WEIG has one of the best facilities for electrochemistry, nanoelectrochemistry and the characterisation of surfaces in Europe. The Group is well-supported by the University; it is located in purpose-designed laboratories and the University has continued to invest in the Group's facilities. The Group works closely with colleagues in the Physics Department, Life Sciences and the Warwick Manufacturing Group. The Group owns, and has access to, an impressive array of instrumentation for research in the area of the project, including three recent AFMs, ten commercial electrochemical workstations, five electrochemical imaging and probe workstations. WEIG has dedicated clean room facilities housing a sputter coater and thermal/electron beam evaporator, mask aligner, Langmuir troughs, spin coater and hot plate, probe station and two state-of-the-art optical microscopes. The Group manages facilities in confocal microscopy and ellipsometry. The project will also have access to key equipment in the Department of Physics, with whom we enjoy fruitful collaborations, including state-of-the-art FE-SEM, TEM, XPS, micro-Raman spectroscopy and laser micromachining. We have collaborative links to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and also St. Mary's Hospital, London.

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Closing Date
17 Aug 2017
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