Research Associate in Microfluidic Design and Instrumentation

Heriot-Watt University - School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

£31,604 - £38,833

We are seeking a Research Associate with an instrumentation, or a mechanical engineering background and some experience of microfluidic design, manufacturing and test.

 Applications are welcomed from highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals, with a good research track record in microfluidic engineering, with specific experience:

Design and manufacturing of microfluidic systems, and related instrumentation

2D and 3D microfluidic and microsystems CAD

CFD simulation of microfluidic phenomena, such as bubbles production, heat transfer, nucleic acid hybridisation

Desired experience includes clinical sample handling.

 Candidates should have a track record of scientific publications. Your role will specifically involve designing microfluidic chips for the study of mixing behaviour on automated platform. You will access a small prototyping unit including laser cutters, 3D printing, and thermal bonding units. You will be organised and capable of designing modules of work leading to publications independently. You will liaise with biologist colleagues to organise the biological characterisation of your structures to investigate the influence of mixing on circulating cell-free nucleic acids on-chip extraction. 

The position is available for 18 months.

Applicants should hold a PhD in a relevant area of Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering or related subject  (or a thesis submitted by the start date of the project) and experience with CAD design, microfluidic manufacturing, microfluidic design and simulation, multi-physic simulation

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Maiwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas at

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

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