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Research Associate in Polymer Biomaterials

Heriot-Watt University - School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th January 2019
Closes: 22nd February 2019
Job Ref: IRC21010

The Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering (IB3) is an interdisciplinary research environment in which advances in the chemical, physical, and engineering sciences are applied to enable and enhance life science research. The appointee will work on a BBSRC-funded project between two research groups within IB3 (The Biomaterials and Biofabrication group led by Dr Ferry Melchels and the Nanotoxicology group led by Prof Vicki Stone) and The Roslin Institute (Prof Jayne Hope) at the University of Edinburgh.

In the project Single Administration Vaccination Enhancement we are developing a solution for the delayed release of vaccine booster shots, by engineering sugar-filled polymer capsules that will gradually swell through osmosis until they burst and release their payload. New biodegradable polymer formulations are being developed that can be formed into capsules and exhibit the required material properties (most notably water permeability) whilst being non-toxic.

The main responsibility of the appointee is to characterise newly developed materials and devices in vitro with respect to biodegradation, cytotoxicity and immune response. An in vivo experiment in calves is planned in the final year of the project (second year of the appointment) to assess the tissue and immune response to implanted devices, in which the successful candidate will assist by collaborating with polymer chemists, toxicologists, immunologists and veterinary doctors within and out with the team.

For more information please contact f.melchels@hw.ac.uk

This position is available for 24 months.

Applicants should hold a PhD in a relevant area of biomedical sciences or related subject (or a thesis submitted by the start date of the project) and have strong theoretical understanding and thorough grounding in experimental techniques relevant to the project.

For application details and further information please go to: www.hw.ac.uk/apply-jobs

   
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