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Research Associate/Fellow in Bio-instructive Biomaterials (Fixed-term)

University of Nottingham - Life Sciences

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £26,495 to £32,548 per annum (pro-rata if applicable)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract


Placed on: 3rd January 2018
Closes: 22nd January 2018
Job Ref: MED475317

Location: University Park
Salary: £26,495 to £32,548 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £29799 with relevant PhD)

Advanced biomaterials are essential components in targeting drugs to treat infectious diseases and cancers, realising the potential of regenerative medicine and the achieving medical devices of the future. Applications are invited to the above role to join a team at the University of Nottingham spanning Engineering, Science and Medical Faculties, collaborating with multiple leading international groups. The overall focus of this position will be investigating immune-modulatory and bio-instructive properties of different biomaterials using cutting-edge analytical tools including 3D tissue models.

The successful candidate will join Prof Ghaemmaghami’s group and will be working closely with other project collaborators and partners within the University of Nottingham, nationally and internationally. The successful candidate will have proven expertise in developing or working with 3D tissue models and relevant biological assays. Experience in immunological studies, high content imaging and microfluidic platforms will be an advantage. 

Candidates must hold a PhD or be near to completion of a PhD or equivalent in Biological Sciences/Immunology or related areas. 

This full-time fixed-term post is available immediately for a period of 24 months.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Amir Ghaemmaghami, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.



PhD Testimony:

Jordan Thorpe: Existing PhD Student on the Programme Grant (RC3, Regenerative Medicine)

"I find the field of biomaterials particularly exciting, because the work being carried out here has real potential to translate into the real world. As a large multi-disciplinary team, we have people developing everything from new anti-microbial surfaces, to novel chemistries for drug delivery. 

The multi-disciplinary aspect of our projects is the greatest benefit of working within the Biomaterials group. As a stem cell biologist discovering new materials that support cardiomyocytes (heart cells), I work day-in day-out with several people specialised in chemistry and material sciences to develop our materials screening platform. This has allowed us to make good progress on the project, and adds real value to the research we are doing. I certainly would not have been able to do research like this alone!

The PhD itself is challenging and engaging, coming towards the end of my second year I have developed a lot since starting on the project. I have learnt how to plan experiments, manage my time effectively (even with so many things going on), there have also been plenty of opportunities to present my work to colleagues, and at conferences. The programme grant itself has also hosted a range of guest speakers from related research fields, industry, and business, which have been very informative. I feel confident to continue in this field of science after the PhD project, or even branch out into related industries with the skills I’m learning here." 




Next Generation Biomaterials Discovery

Laboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis, School of Pharmacy, The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 6246