Research Fellow

University of Surrey - Department of Chemistry

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher in bioresorbable phosphate glasses for biomedical applications to work full-time on an EPSRC funded project “Bioresorbable 2D and 3D ordered mesoporous phosphate glasses for bone tissue regeneration and drug delivery”.

The aim of this project is to design phosphate-based glasses with highly ordered structure of mesopores (2-50 nm) and high textural properties using low temperature techniques, including sol-gel. Phosphate based glasses with ordered 2D channels of mesopores aligned in one direction and 3D ordered cubic network of interconnected pores are excellent candidates for multifunctional biomaterials, being able to combining simultaneously anti-bacterial/anti-cancer activity with cell stimulation and vascularisation. Doping of ordered phosphate glasses with antibacterial ions will also be performed. The project involves investigation of the structure of the phosphate-based glasses, evaluation of degradation rate and testing of the biomedical potential through antimicrobial activity tests and cell studies.

The candidate will be responsible for synthesis, structural characterization, evaluation of durability and biomedical potential of the glasses. In particular, structural characterization will involve the use of physisorption analysis, X-ray diffraction, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, thermal analysis, Raman and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The successful applicant will have undertaken doctoral level research in chemistry, materials science, biomaterials or equivalent and will have expertise insynthesis and characterisation of phosphate-based glasses.

Skills in and experience of the following are essential: synthesis of glasses for biomedical applications (in particular drug delivery and tissue engineering) and use of material characterisation techniques including synchrotron-based. Also essential are excellent communication and organisational skills and the ability to work independently and manage time effectively.

Informal enquires are welcome, to: Dr Daniela Carta (d.carta@surrey.ac.uk).

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£30,175) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£31,076).

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