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Research Fellow

University of Southampton - Nanophotonics Group

Location: Southampton
Salary: £30,395 to £34,189 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 17th October 2018
Closes: 16th November 2018
Job Ref: 1067918PN

Location:  Highfield Campus 
Full Time Fixed Term (until 30/06/2021)
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1067918PN

We are seeking applications for a full-time, fixed term position for a postdoctoral research fellow to join the team of Professor Eason and Dr Sones at the Optoelectronics Research Centre within the University of Southampton, to work on a 30-month multi-disciplinary project recently funded by the EPSRC, UK.

The research programme – ‘Optically controlled fluid flow: enabling smart paper-based medical diagnostic devices’, is focussed at addressing the World Health Organisation identified needs for affordable, sensitive, specific, user-friendly, equipment-free and deliverable diagnostics for use at the point-of-care.

This research is highly multi-disciplinary and draws upon an expertise in laser physics/engineering and microfluidics, but also knowledge of bacteriology and medicine. Candidates should therefore have a PhD or equivalent professional qualification in microbiology, life sciences or related discipline, and ideally can evidence experience in the area of life-sciences, with a track record of academic and research excellence. 

The ideal candidates should have extensive knowledge and understanding of developing and implementing biochemical assays, specifically ELISAs for detection of infectious diseases and preferably, tuberculosis. Further, hands-on experience of the transfer of such biochemical assays onto paper-based devices for development of lateral flow test would be desirable. Experience of other lab-standard methodologies relating to detection of bacterial pathogens such as mycobacterium tuberculosis would also be desirable. 

Previous experience relating to laser-based processing of porous materials including cellulose paper and nitrocellulose membranes for lateral flow tests and or paper-based microfluidics would be beneficial. Familiarity of working within a biosafety level-3 laboratory and handling human samples is essential because of the related clinical diagnostic work within the programme. Awareness and experience of implementing ethical guidelines in clinical studies is also essential.

Please include a covering letter and full CV in your application.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. 

References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting.

If you need any assistance, please call Georgie Warren (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote reference 1067918PN on all correspondence.

The University of Southampton’s world-leading expertise in photonics and fibre optic technology from the Optoelectronics Research Centre was recently (2017) awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. The University of Southampton is one of the leading universities in the UK with a high international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise, and is a member of prestigious Russell Group of UK Universities. It is ranked in the top 100 of universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2019) and in the top 10 for research excellence in the UK (REF 2014), and participates in a high number of collaborative research projects and related initiatives. The University values diversity and equality, and aims to be an equal opportunities employer and so welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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