Research Associate in Hydrogels

Job summary

Designing, synthesising and characterising innovative peptide- or polymer-based hydrogels for use in regenerative medicine and other biomedical applications. This post is to work on projects that exploit peptides, peptide-derived or biopolymer components for the engineering of new materials for a range of different and exciting regenerative medicine and biosensing applications. The projects are multi-disciplinary requiring knowledge of...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG00605
  • Date posted 20 November 2018
  • Closing date 7 December 2018

Job description

Job summary

Designing, synthesising and characterising innovative peptide- or polymer-based hydrogels for use in regenerative medicine and other biomedical applications. This post is to work on projects that exploit peptides, peptide-derived or biopolymer components for the engineering of new materials for a range of different and exciting regenerative medicine and biosensing applications. The projects are multi-disciplinary requiring knowledge of chemistry, polymer science, material science and biofunctionalisation or bioapplications of peptide-based materials. This post will combine novel material design with state of the art techniques for the materials characterisation.

 

This post will liaise closely with researchers trained in a wide array of faculties, including nanomaterials, engineering, as well as biology (with focus areas ranging from e.g. cancer, cardiac, and stem cells). The RA will take a leading role in working with other PDRAs and PhDs in our multidisciplinary group.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

Research

  • Design and synthesis innovative peptide-based materials for regenerative medicine applications.
  • Use state of the art materials characterisation to analyse the materials.
  • Undertake the associated data analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Help the other research staff in the daily management of the group laboratories.
  • 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 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 submit publications to refereed journals.
  • To provide guidance to staff and students.
  • To take responsibility for organising resources and effective decision making in support of research.
  • To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary.
  • To develop contacts and research collaborations within the College and the wider community.
  • To promote the reputation of the Group, the Departments and the College.

Education - Teaching

  • To undertake instruction of PhD students, as agreed.
  • To prepare and deliver a small number of lectures, and mark assessments, as agreed.

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following

  •  A first degree (or equivalent) or a masters (or equivalent) in chemistry, materials science or engineering or similar.
  • A PhD (or equivalent) in chemistry, molecular chemistry, polymer chemistry, or materials science or engineering including bioengineering or similar.
  • Experience
  • Experience in peptide- or polymer-derived hydrogels.
  • Experience in peptide and biopolymer characterisation (mechanical properties, biocompatibility, chemical analyses, NMR).
  • Experience in a wide range of synthetic skills (e.g. experimental design, catalysts, wet chemistry, purification, etc).
  • Experience in focusing on biopolymers, their chemistry and characterisation, including a number of first-authored papers in well-respected journals.
  • A proven publications record.
  • Knowledge of materials characterisation techniques such as Raman spectroscopy.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrable ability for innovation and original research.
  • 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

Further information

The Department of Materials at Imperial College London delivers world-leading research and scholarship in all areas of Materials Science and Engineering. We provide a creative and supportive environment where students receive first-class training, postdoctoral researchers develop independence and all staff realise their full potential. Our vision is to deliver world-leading research, teaching and scholarship in all areas of Materials Science and Engineering. The department is part of the Faculty of Engineering. You will find further details here: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/materials  


Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to: Mrs Darakshan Khan, d.khan@imperial.ac.uk


Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £33,380 – £35,061 per annum.


Further information can be obtained from Professor Molly Stevens, m.stevens@imperial.ac.uk


For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk


 

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Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

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  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

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