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Research Fellow - 81086

University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences - School of Chemical Engineering

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £30,395 to £39,609 per annum, with potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th April 2019
Closes: 8th June 2019
Job Ref: 81086

SALARY: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year
HOURS: Full time
DURATION: Fixed term for up to 36 months
LOCATION: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

The School of Chemical Engineering are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow to conduct own research, the successful candidate will take responsibility for the research stream of an ERC Advanced grant awarded to Professor Alicia El Haj and be required to oversee junior staff involved in the development of new nanotechnologies and protocols by which we can control cell behaviour in patients undergoing treatment for various conditions. Specifically, we aim to expand and develop a breakthrough platform technology using magnetic particle tagging which will allow us to direct cells for therapeutic purposes. Specifically, the candidate will carry out in vitro cell 2D and 3D studies to test downstream molecular and signalling responses to mechano-receptor activation. These protocols will be translated to relevant small and large animals to demonstrate functional repair in disease models.

Further, the candidate will be required to work closely with additional Research Fellows and assist in the supervision of PhD students within the lab of Professor Alicia El Haj.

Liaison with Pharmaceutical and other industrial collaborators will be part of the role and helping to drive commercialisation of any potential products from the programme.   


  • To deliver/conduct research and assist in the formulation of research objectives.
  • To contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme.
  • To contribute and oversee the collaborations with external collaborators.
  • Analysing and interpreting research findings and results.


  • Hold (or be close to completing) a PhD in a relevant discipline and, a strong interest in multidisciplinary science.
  • First degree in a biomedical sciences, bioengineering, physical sciences or healthcare related field.
  • High level analytical capability and experience of one or more of the following skills: cell and molecular biology; tissue engineering protocols, magnetic nanoparticles, in vivo animal models
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly to a range of stakeholders, including clinical and industrial partners.
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones.
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively.
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.
  • The ability to co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort.

Informal enquiries can be made to Emma Lardner;

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below, please quote Job Ref 81086 in all enquiries.

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