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Research Associate in Sustainable Self-Assembling Materials for Regenerative Medicine

The University of Manchester - School of Engineering

Location: Manchester
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 depending on relevant experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd February 2024
Closes: 6th March 2024
Job Ref: SAE-024886

Background

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work on an exciting, materials chemistry project and play a leading role in the design and development of revolutionary treatments that will improve the standard of care in the targeted deliver of therapeutics. This is an excellent opportunity for a PhD graduate, or someone about to obtain their PhD, in material sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering or related discipline, or equivalent experience. The role will appeal to someone proficient in the design and characterisation of self-assembling hydrogel or elastomer materials, ideally for regenerative medicine applications, with skills in various in vitro analytical and characterisation techniques. The candidate will work within the Polymers and Peptides Research Group based within the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology.

About the Role

As part of our multi-disciplinary R&D team, you will be responsible for the design, characterisation and testing of hydrogel materials to overcome the difficulties of maintaining drugs at a physiologically related serum concentration for prolonged periods, with a particular focus on the temporal delivery of therapeutics for brain and pancreatic tumours. Work will focus predominantly on the design and formulation of polysaccharide and peptide hydrogels, and go onto explore the potential to control the kinetics of therapeutic release, hydrogel degradation and delivery potential by fine tuning the chemistry of the building blocks, hydrogel composition and properties. In this role you will work closely within our materials, pharmacy and clinical collaborators to explore not only new materials and their physical properties, but also their early application and adoption potential, with a view to moving selected hydrogels along the TRLs. In return, we will provide you with the opportunity to develop your research, technical and leadership skills and gain invaluable experience to develop your scientific and commercial expertise.

Please see below for further information about the Department of Chemical Engineering or the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology.

https://www.ce.manchester.ac.uk/

https://www.mib.manchester.ac.uk/

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Bronze Award and the University a Silver Award for their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a god work-life balance. We positively welcome applications from women for this post. All appointments will always be made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered       

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Aline Miller

Email: aline.miller@manchester.ac.uk

General enquiries:

Email: People.Recruitment@manchester.ac.uk

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Jobtrain: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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