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MTIF Research Fellow (Microbiology)

Nottingham Trent University - Biosciences, School of Science & Technology

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £29,762 to £34,475 Grade G p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st December 2022
Closes: 15th December 2022
Job Ref: 011244

Additional Information: This is a fixed term contract for 36 months

NTU is a great place to work. We take care of our colleagues with flexible and competitive packages and opportunities for genuine professional progress. We respect and value all our staff because we know that it takes a strong and diverse workforce to maintain the kind of success we’ve achieved.

Our award-winning research is celebrated around the world, and we’re proud of our strategic partnerships. It’s all down to the ability of our people to shape, create and innovate, in whatever capacity they work with us. Our continued success — underpinned by the number of prestigious national awards we’ve won — has hinged on two commitments: creating excellent global collaborations and harnessing the talents of all our people.

NTU is a university at the peak of its power, but we know we can still go even further. Join us in our mission to become ‘the university of the future — seize the challenge and adventure of working with an organisation where progress never stops. This is your career, reimagined.

We are inviting applications for a Research Fellow position with expertise in microbiology to join a multidisciplinary industry-linked project that will develop antimicrobial medical device materials for commercialisation and support the development of the standard(s) to be used for testing biofilm formation on materials.

Microbial contamination is a major global challenge, costing $4tn per annum across all industries, and exerting economic, social, and environmental impact. Global business spends considerable resources on microbial contamination prevention and eradication technologies. This project will be a collaboration between academic and industrial partners to develop novel materials with improved antimicrobial properties that reduce the severity and incidence of medical device related infections. This position is funded through the recently awarded Medical Technology Innovation facility (MTIF) Fellowship. The research will take place in our new state-of-the-art Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF) on Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus. MTIF combines cutting edge facilities and expertise in smart medical textiles, product design, high throughput screening and microbiology towards the development of innovative medical technologies.

In this project you will drive microbiology research by testing the antimicrobial efficacy of materials using a combination of biofilm and antimicrobial assays/models. Microbial colonisation will be measured using a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques. You will work closely with collaborators within fields such as engineering and chemistry and external stakeholders towards device development and progression towards commercialisation. The ideal candidate will be an experienced post-doctoral researcher (or equivalent in the industry) with a background in biofilm assays, models, and characterisation. Previous experience in the industry and/or clinical collaboration as well as materials development is desirable but not essential.

Interview Date: 4th January 2023

If you have any queries about this role, please get in touch with Dr Samantha McLean, Senior Lecturer in microbiology samantha.mclean@ntu.ac.uk.

About NTU

NTU prides itself on being an inclusive employer. We value and celebrate equality in opportunities, and we encourage applications from people who reflect the diversity of our communities.

This role is open to non-UK/Irish applicants subject to current UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) rules. Please ensure that you have the appropriate right to work in the UK for this role and consult the Home Office website for further information.

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