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Research Fellow/Senior Research Associate - "Plasma Technology Touches Life"

Lancaster University - Department of Chemistry

Location: Lancaster
Salary: £34,189 to £48,676
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 15th February 2019
Closes: 25th March 2019
Job Ref: A2580

Salary: Senior Research Associate grade 7, £34,189 to £39,609
             Research Fellow grade 8, £42,036 to £48,676

This 24 post doctoral position at either the levels of Senior Research Associate or Research Fellow builds new capability and capacity at Lancaster University in the field of plasma science applied to health and medicine. It supports the relocation of Prof Rob Short FTSE from the University of South Australia.

The purpose of this appointment is to build new research programmes in plasma technology that can exploit the benefits of (electrical gas) plasma in a myriad of diverse biological systems - plasma technology touches life (PTTL). These plasmas contain a rich variety of components (ions, electrons, photons, radicals, reactive molecular species) and can be used synergistically, e.g. to destroy microbes/cancerous cells, stimulate healing or alternatively the plasma can be “tuned” to provide a specific component (e.g. reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, RONS).

In the past decade, significant advances in the development and control of cold atmospheric plasma sources have resulted in multiple demonstrations of the potential benefits of PTTL; this has led to burgeoning new research fields, in health (primary focus in cancer and wound healing), microbes and biofilms (destruction), biotechnology (cell culture/transfection) and agriculture and food manufacture (improved seed germination/enhanced shelf lives).

This project augments other programmes at Lancaster; these focus on the development of a combination of microbial diagnostic wound dressing and plasma jet / plasma screen into a single product. Our aim is to transform healthcare in the treatment of a wide range of wound infections. (Healthcare acquired infections cost the UK NHS ~£1Bn p.a.)

The primary purpose of this appointment is to stimulate new research activity. We further envisage that the successful candidate would already be deeply immersed in plasma jet research (bringing expertise in the measurement of reactive oxygen nitrogen species) and that they would support existing studies with plasma jet work and moreover be capable of extending our capability and capacity through building new strategic external relationships.

Lancaster University is consistently highly ranked (~top 10) in the UK university league tables. It is located on a beautiful campus in the North West of England close to the stunning Lake District National Park.

You should have, or expect to have, a PhD in physical sciences (preferably) or biochemistry or chemically-related sciences, coupled with experience of cell culture methods/ biotechnology techniques.

Informal e-mail enquiries prior to making an application are welcome, in which case contact Prof Rob Short (

The Chemistry Department is committed to flexible working on an individual basis, welcome and embrace diversity, and are committed to the Athena SWAN principles.

This post is fixed term for 24 months. 

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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