Research Associate / Fellow in Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University of Nottingham School of Medicine
United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed-term)

Reference :MED078220
Closing Date :Monday, 13th April 2020
Job Type :Research
Department :School of Medicine, Division of Child Health, Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Salary :£27511 to £32817 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30,942 with relevant PhD).

Applications are invited for the above post based in the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre (CBTRC), School of Medicine within the Biodiscovery Institute (BDI). The project will be led from the University of Nottingham’s flagship BDI, which has undergone a £23M expansion and comprises a £100M interdisciplinary complex of four interconnected buildings to locate 800 staff at the heart of main campus. BDI is surrounded by science hubs and a direct link bridge to the Queen’s Medical Centre, which is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe and houses the Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit. 

The CBTRC ( has a strong track record in translational research covering molecular and cellular neuro-oncology, drug delivery and clinical trial design and implementation into the clinic. Their findings (published in leading journals) guide national and international developments in brain tumour research and clinical practice, leading to new methods of research to help find a cure, whilst minimising the risk of disability. 

The successful candidate will be responsible for research which complements an existing research programme of neurosurgcially-applied localised chemotherapy delivery to brain cancers. Repurposed therapeutics will be incorporated into an established biodegradable polymeric paste and applied to ­the post-surgical resection cavity of childhood medulloblastoma and atypical rhabdoid tumour orthotopic models in vivo. The research is funded by The Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group / Little Princess Trust and is in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University (US) and Uppsala University (Sweden). 

Experience related to analytical chemistry in the areas of high performance liquid chromatography, polymer and drug chemistry, including in vitro drug release, is an essential requirement. 

The position will be particularly suited to candidates who wish to be apply their expertise to challenging unmet clinical needs in a translational clinical research environment. The candidate will have strong support from the School of Pharmacy’s nationally-leading Polymer Therapeutics team, but will be expected to be capable of independent experiments and troubleshooting. 

This is a fixed-term post available until 31 March 2024. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours per week), however applications are also welcome from candidates wishing to work part-time (minimum 29 hours per week). Please specify in your application if you wish to work part-time and the number of preferred hours.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Ruman Rahman, Assistant Professor of Molecular Neuro-Oncology, Tel: 0115 8230993 or email Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs – indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit;

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