Research Associate in Physical Chemistry (53786)

University of Strathclyde - Pure and Applied Chemistry

Salary: £31,076 (salary restricted due to grant funding)
FTE: 1 (35 hours/week)
Contract Type: Fixed Term (Until 31 January 2018)

Applications are invited for post-doctoral level positions funded by CENSIS to work within the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry. This position will study enzyme based sensors for substance detection in a multidisciplinary manner. The overall objective is to develop a wearable sensor with a view to commercialisation. This will involve examining environmental factors that may impact on sensor behaviour as well as nullifying them where possible towards producing a commercially realistic production.

The Research Associate will undertake a research in association with Buddi Ltd. Specifically this will cover establishing reliable and robust sample preparation and analysis within biological matrices and engagement with external contractors in order to develop modified electrodes examining the issues surrounding scale-up manufacture. The Research Associate will be required to establish this research portfolio and plan research proposals for future knowledge exchange activities, with assistance from senior colleagues as required; to engage where required in relevant teaching, professional and knowledge exchange activities; and input to administrative activities.

To be considered for this role, you will be educated to a minimum PhD level in a Chemistry discipline, or have equivalent experience. You will have demonstrable experience in the application of electrochemistry in diagnostics and analytical methodologies; knowledge of the design and implementation of enzyme based electrochemical sensors and/or applications of conducting polymers; laboratory based experimental measurement skills as applied to electrochemical sensors and/or conducting polymers; knowledge of signal processing techniques as applied to electrochemical analysis; and excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to interact with a range of stakeholders including the industrial collaborator.

Buddi is a leader in remote monitoring of health and wellbeing in the elderly and infirm and seeks to extend its range of services. There are a large number of applications for wearable sensors. However durability, sensitivity and cost have always provided barriers to their market acceptance. The goal of proposed project is to draw conclusions on the potential for low cost sensors. To this end we examine aspects of wearable sensors that can be improved so as to extend their use into Buddi’s market.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Lynn Dennany, Lecturer (lynn.dennany@strath.ac.uk / 01415484322).

Formal interviews for this post will be held on Friday, 13 January 2017.

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