Research Associate

Job summary

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university.  The Faculty of Engineering, consistently rated among the best in the world, is made up of 10 academic departments and is committed to increasing its research activity by focusing on engineering-led multidisciplinary growth areas that target a number of global challenges. All of our academic departments...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG02139
  • Date posted 19 May 2022
  • Closing date 9 June 2022

Job description

Job summary

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university.  The Faculty of Engineering, consistently rated among the best in the world, is made up of 10 academic departments and is committed to increasing its research activity by focusing on engineering-led multidisciplinary growth areas that target a number of global challenges. All of our academic departments are located on a single campus in South Kensington, giving a concentration of talent that creates a stimulating and vibrant research community. You can find out more about our staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and our excellent professional development opportunities, here: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants/staff-benefits/.

Duties and responsibilities

The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London is leading the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, advancing the frontiers of our knowledge in the discipline’s three main areas:

  1. Biomedical Engineering: Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health.
  2. Biological Engineering: Solving problems related to the life sciences and their applications for health.
  3. Biomimetics: Using the structures and functions of living organisms as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines.

This research associate position will be undertaken as part of EPSRC IRC in Targeted Delivery for hard-to-treat cancers. In this role, you will plan, lead and carry out a high quality research programme in the intersecting fields of materials science and bionic devices. You will collaborate with academic partners, undertake project management and/or supervise multi-disciplinary teams, including assistant supervision of PhD students. In addition, you will be expected to submit publications to peer-reviewed journals, attract external research funding, and contribute to the teaching activities of the Institute.

Essential requirements

You must have a PhD in either Biomedical Engineering or Materials Science and Engineering (with a biomaterials, electrophysiological recording, or manufacturing engineering focus) or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience for appointment at Research Associate level.

You will have previous experience in biomaterials, tissue interactions with electronic devices and tissue culture. Experience in materials development and electrodes would be desirable. You will have skills spanning a broad range of techniques including electrochemistry; electrophysiology; polymer synthesis; and fundamental materials characterisation (mechanical, chemical, and physical characterisation of biomaterials). You will also have knowledge spanning neural interfaces, neuroimaging techniques, device fabrication and neuroscience. Candidates with prior experience and publications in sensor or neuroprosthetic technologies are highly recommended to apply. You must have a track record of supervision in student research projects (undergraduate, Masters or PhD).

Further information

This is a fixed term position for 12 months.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD need not apply.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Dr Rylie Green at rylie.green@imperial.ac.uk.

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please click “APPLY NOW” to go through to the online application form. Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact: Yusra Vallimohamed ( For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk Please ensure that you include the job reference number in any correspondence.

The Department of Bioengineering leads the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, with its staff coming from diverse academic disciplines, including all main branches of engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and medicine, to create a rich collaborative environment. More information about staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and excellent professional development opportunities, can be found here: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/job-applicants/staff-benefits/

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

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.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

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

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

For technical issues when applying online please email support.jobs@imperial.ac.uk.