Research Associate/Fellow in Combining Polymer Chemistry and Topography to Control Cellular Response
University of Nottingham Department of Pharmacy
United Kingdom

Research Associate/Fellow in Combining Polymer Chemistry and Topography to Control Cellular Response

Reference
SCI414720
Closing Date
Sunday, 10th January 2021
Job Type
Research
Department
Pharmacy
Salary
£27511 to £31866 per annum, depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD).

We are currently seeking a Research Associate/Fellow to join ‘Next Generation Biomaterials Discovery’ programme grant funded by EPSRC. The overall project aim is to discover biomaterials targeting the treatment of infectious diseases/cancers and to deliver the potential of regenerative medicine and future medical devices. The successful candidate will join highly motivated and well-funded research teams across the Faculty of Engineering and the Schools of Pharmacy and Life Sciences.

The aim of this post will be to exploit combinatorial topography (Topochip, Jan deBoer et al. Eindhoven) and polymer chemistry screening (Morgan Alexander et al.) to probe the inter relationship between these two key factors that define cell response to biomaterials. This will be undertaken on existing UV triggered acrylate, acrylamide libraries using the ChemoTopo Chip format already developed in this grant. Collaboration with biological specialist in stem cells, stromal cells, immune cells, and bacterial cells will identify and explain cell instructive chemo-topo cues.

This work will be based within the Division of Advanced Materials and Healthcare Technologies, located with the School of Pharmacy and led by Prof Morgan Alexander. The candidate will be required to undertake research and day-day management of this research project that requires a high degree of competence in one or more of the research areas listed. An aptitude for critical thinking and a flexible approach to collaborative research is essential.

Candidates should have, or be close to completion of, a PhD in Chemistry, Materials, Pharmacy or related discipline, together with a keen interest in the development and application of biomaterials.

This full-time post (36.25 hours per week) will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 8 May 2021. There is an expectation that this post may be extended until 30 September 2021.

We pride ourselves on the collegial and supportive culture created by our staff. We are dedicated to creating an environment which enables both our staff to thrive and achieve their potential. Our commitment to Equality and Diversity has been recognised in the awarding of an Athena SWAN Silver Award.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Morgan Alexander; email: morgan.alexander@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address 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; https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/jobs/applyingfromoverseas/index2.aspx

For all successful international applicants, including EU/EEA applicants from January 2021, we offer an interest-free loan to help cover the cost of immigration-related expenses to the UK, including visas and the NHS surcharge. For more information follow this link https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/hr/guidesandsupport/workingintheuk/documents/support-with-immigration-expenses-policy-application-form.pdf

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