Research Associate - Nanoadhesive Gels for Cartilage Repair

The University of Manchester - Cell Matrix Biology & Regenerative Medicine

Closing Date : 23/10/2017
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Duration : 1 November 2017 until 30 June 2018
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health
School/Directorate : School of Biological Sciences
Division : Cell Matrix Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : £31,604 to £38,833 per annum according to experience
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference : BM&H-10816

The University of Manchester, invites applications from candidates with a proven track research record in testing nanomaterial-based gels for repair/regeneration of cartilaginous tissues for a position of Research Associate.  The full-time post is available immediately and tenable up to 30/06/18.

You will aid in the development of a novel, polymer-based nanoparticle adhesive gel for application in repair/regeneration of cartilaginous tissues, particularly meniscal cartilage. Working closely with collaborators at the University of Warwick, the project will involve testing the biocompatibility, adhesive strength and persistence of gel formulations using cartilage explant models, as well as the characterization of new tissue formation.

You will have an undergraduate degree in biological sciences, biomaterials or related discipline and a PhD in the area of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. You will have demonstrable previous research experience in mammalian cell culture, experience of testing nanomaterial/polymer-based hydrogels, a sound background in cell viability/material biocompatability assessment, characterisation of matrix formation and biomechanical assessment of materials/tissues. A developing publication record in peer reviewed journals and evidence of ability to work on multidisciplinary projects would be advantageous.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Stephen Richardson


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01618502004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button below to find out more.

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