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Research Associate / Senior Research Associate in Biomaterials

University of Bristol - Faculty of Life Sciences

Location: Bristol
Salary: £34,304 to £43,434 Grade I/J, per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 5th January 2022
Closes: 30th January 2022
Job Ref: ACAD105805

The role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative Postdoctoral Research Associate / Senior Research Associate to join a team developing natural neuroactive mechanical metamaterials. This new class of biomaterials will be able to adapt and learn from external loading events and utilise shape changing properties driven by phenomena including piezoelectricity, hygromorphism and thermomechanical actuation.

The successful candidate will explore the use of natural fibre composites, bio-based matrices, and spider silk proteins, within engineered living materials. These will be 3D printed to generate bio-based and sustainable metamaterial architectures with programmable memory with learning/adaptive behaviours.

The research programme is supported by a £2M European Research Council (ERC) grant (NEUROMETA; https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101020715) and the team will comprise highly collaborative engineers, materials scientists and synthetic biologists.

We are looking for a world-class researcher with a high degree of innovative spirit and enthusiasm to operate at the very cutting edge of functional biomaterials design.  The successful candidate will join this vibrant and exciting research team at the University of Bristol that spans multiple disciplines, including biomaterials design and fabrication, synthetic biology, and aerospace engineering.   

The position will be based in the Biomedical Sciences Building in the Faculty of Life Sciences (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/life-sciences/) with access to leading edge infrastructure from the Bristol Bioprinting Centre (https://www.perrimangroup.co.uk/bioprinting) and the Wolfson Bioimaging Facility (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/wolfson-bioimaging/). The successful candidate will also work closely with team members from the Department of Aerospace Engineering (https://research-information.bris.ac.uk/en/organisations/department-of-aerospace-engineering), which will be led by Prof Fabrizio Scarpa at the University of Bristol.

What will you be doing?

During this project you will design, build and test bio-based neuroactive metamaterials. This will involve:

  • Formulate and analyse new soft materials using natural fibre composites, bio-based matrices, and spider silk proteins.
  • Work in a multidisciplinary team to help integrate these novel metamaterials with synthetic-living material structures.
  • 3D print to generate bio-based and sustainable metamaterial architectures with programmable memory via learning/adaptive behaviours.

You should apply if

  • You have, or are expected to receive a PhD in materials science, biomaterials, bionanomaterials, bioengineering or related discipline
  • You are keen to work at the cutting edge of biomaterials and aerospace engineering research and development
  • You are excited about working in a multi-disciplinary team to explore disruptive technologies beyond state-of-the-art.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Adam Perriman, chawp@bristol.ac.uk.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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