Research Fellow in Dielectrophoretic Cell Separation for Clinical Applications

University of Leeds - Faculty of Medicine & Health, School of Dentistry

Location: Leeds - Main Campus

Section: Department of Oral Biology

Category: Research

Contract Type: Fixed Term (12 months)

This new post-doctoral Research Fellowship is being funded by the Wellcome Trust, and comprises an exciting, multidisciplinary investigation in which you will join a team of investigators developing a novel technology which uses remote dielectrophoresis (DEP) to separate mammalian cells for use in future clinical applications. Your role will be to phenotype human mesenchymal stromal cells pre- and post-separation and to characterise their osteoinductive capabilities both in vitro and in vivo.

You must have, or shortly be expecting to receive, a PhD in the biomedical sciences, with a particular interest in regenerative medicine. You will have experience in 3D tissue culture and cell separation technologies such as FACS and MACS as well as experience in histological and immunohistochemical methods.   Experience in use of in vivo models, confocal microscopy, and stem cell biology, alongside a good track record of publications and a proven ability to work on multidisciplinary projects, is highly desirable.

You will be required to have the ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing, and possess excellent presentation skills. Good interpersonal skills are essential, together with the ability to work both independently and also as part of a larger team of researchers across the University. You must be self-motivated and able to work without the need for close supervision, whilst showing a capacity to enthuse others. You must be able to plan and carry out experimental work efficiently, keep detailed logs of your day-to-day activities, and be able to interpret practical and theoretical results. You must be able to perform well whilst meeting deadlines; and must be prepared to work flexible hours occasionally.

You will be based in the Wellcome Trust Brenner Building, St. James’ University Hospital, at the University of Leeds but will be required to conduct some aspects of your research at the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering on the main University campus. You will be required to hold a Research Passport to enable you to undertake work in NHS facilities, which will involve pre-employment checks. The position is available immediately.

The University of Leeds’ commitment to women in science has been recognised with a national accolade. The University and the School of Dentistry have received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and developing/promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).

The University offers generous terms and conditions of employment, a wide range of benefits, services, facilities and family friendly policies. Full details are available on the Human Resources web pages accessible at

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Jennifer Kirkham, tel+44 (0)113 343 6156, email

If you have any specific enquiries about your online application please contact Colette Connelly School of Dentistry, tel: +44 (0)113 343 9263 or e-mail to

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