Research Associate in Advanced Nanomaterials and Point of Care Diagnostic Test Development

University College London - London Centre for Nanotechnology

The position is based at the London Centre for Nanotechnology UCL and funded by i-sense, the £11M five year EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Early Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases, and benefits from a large scale multidisciplinary project involving over 100 scientists, engineers and clinicians from UCL, Imperial College, London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Newcastle University, in conjunction with Public Health England and industrial partners ranging from OJ-Bio through to O2 Health and Microsoft. i-sense aims to create innovative mobile health technologies that allow doctors to diagnose and track serious diseases (such as major flu epidemics, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and HIV) much earlier than ever before.

Advanced nanomaterials and nanosensors are being developed including smart-phone connected diagnostic tests for use in community settings, for HIV and antimicrobial resistant infections. We are also exploring the use of symptoms reported on search engines and social networks to identify early indicators of an outbreak. This early-warning diagnostic system has the potential to bring major economic and human benefits to patients, the public, the NHS and global healthcare providers – benefiting patients by allowing them to gain faster access to treatment, the public by curbing the spread of infectious diseases, the health service by enabling more cost-effective models of community based care, and help to identify ‘hotspots’ of emerging infections.

This core Research position is funded for 1 year in the first instance.

The successful applicant should have a PhD in engineering, physical/chemical science or a relevant subject (or at least have submitted their thesis). The candidate should have an outstanding track record in independent high impact research and publications. Strong experience in advanced nanomaterials (nanoparticles, quantum dots), including biomolecule/chemical conjugation techniques (e.g. EDC/NHS coupling, click chemistry) and characterisation methods (e.g. TEM, SEM, AFM, DLS, Forte-Bio/SPR).

Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication skills to engage with funders, enjoy working in interdisciplinary teams and be able to multi-task. Experience with clinical samples and developing rapid tests based on molecular sensing methods would be an advantage.

UCL vacancy reference: 1713495       

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Denise Ottley at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, or 17-19 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH, for advice.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59

Interview Date: TBC

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