Postdoctoral Research Associate

Queen Mary University of London - School of Engineering & Materials Science

Supervisor: Dr Julien Gautrot

Materials Research Institute. School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Applications are invited for a three year Postdoctoral Research Associate position, to work on a research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, within the research group of Dr Julien Gautrot.

Biointerfaces play an essential role in the field of biomedical engineering, in particular for the control of cell adhesion, proliferation and fate decision. In addition to biochemical cues directing cell phenotype, the physical properties of the cell microenvironment modulate such behaviour. In particular, our group demonstrated that nanoscale mechanical properties play an important role in determining cell behaviour. This project aims to design biointerfaces with controlled nanoscale mechanical properties, based on nanocomposites, that can regulate stem cell adhesion and proliferation.

In collaboration with the group of Dr Emiliano Bilotti (nanocomposite science), the applicant will develop biointerfaces that will display strengthen properties, via the self-assembly of polymers and proteins with nanomaterials, at liquid-liquid interfaces. The applicant will characterise these nanomaterials via interfacial rheology, AFM and other surface characterisation techniques, and study the adhesion, spreading and proliferation of adherent stem cells at the resulting biointerfaces.

Our research group has a strong track-record in the field of materials science, biomaterials science and polymer coatings (see Chem. Rev. 2014, Biomaterials 2010, 2012, Nature Materials 2012, Nature Cell Biology 2010 and Integrative Biology 2013). See our webpage ( for further details. The successful candidate will join our multidisciplinary team and build a strong expertise in the characterisation of biointerfaces and nanocomposites, for the culture of adherent stem cells.

Applicants should have, or be about to gain, a PhD or equivalent in Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry or equivalent subjects. Experience in the fields of biointerfaces, nanocomposites, nanoscale mechanical characterisation and chemical/structural characterisation, as well as the culture and imaging of adherent stem cells is particularly desirable.

The post is full-time and fixed term for 36 months. The project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is expected to start on 1st March 2018.

Starting salary will be in the range of £30,445 to £34,764 (depending on qualifications and experience) per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Please contact Dr Julien Gautrot ( for further details and application.

Details about the school can be found at

Application deadline is 24 December 2017.

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The School of Engineering & Materials Science and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science

The School of Engineering and Material Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award and is a registered member of WISE. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the WISE principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

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