Research Associate in Molecularly Imprinted Biosensors (fixed term)

Job title Research Associate in Molecularly Imprinted Biosensors (fixed term)

Department Chemical Engineering

Salary Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322 per annum

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Thursday 07 January 2021

Closing date Thursday 28 January 2021

Interview date Monday 15 February 2021

Reference CF8036

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Sepsis and antimicrobial resistance are a global burden: 47-50 million people develop sepsis every year, a staggering 11 million of these cases die, and survivors usually face lifelong consequences. Sepsis requires immediate medical treatment, ideally within hours of disease onset. It is therefore essential to develop rapid, highly sensitive and specific devices for the point-of-care diagnosis of sepsis.

The MIMIC-nano (minimally invasive molecularly imprinted conductive nanosensors) project aims to enable a new form of diagnosis by developing a minimally invasive sensor that monitors specific inflammatory biomarkers that are present in microbial infected patients, specifically for sepsis. The project is highly interdisciplinary, and the successful candidate will work across these disciplines. Knowledge and expertise in molecularly imprinted biosensors are particularly relevant. 

Applicants must hold a PhD in biomaterials engineering, polymer science or relevant discipline or equivalent significant relevant experience. Successful applicants will possess:

  • A strong background in materials engineering as well as relevant biopolymer methods.
  • Experience in material characterisation techniques such as AFM, SEM, Raman, FTIR, HPLC, TGA/MS/DSC, impedance spectroscopy as well as strong polymeric material synthesis skills.
  • A track record in conducting high quality research, evidenced by publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams are essential.
  • Expertise in molecularly imprinted biopolymers is desirable but not essential.

For further information or an informal discussion about the position please contact Dr Hannah Leese h.s.leese@bath.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly by email will not be accepted. 

Applications should include a CV. There will be a section on the application form where you are able to explain explain your interest in and suitability for the position.

This is a full-time fixed term post available from the 1 April 2021 with an expected end date of 31 March 2023. 

The MIMIC-nano project is led by Dr Hannah Leese, the successful candidate will work within her Materials for Health Lab and also benefit from the vibrant environment of the Centre for Biosensors, Bioelectronics and Biodevices (C3Bio). C3Bio consisting of a University-wide group of academics, post-graduate research students and Researchers active in many aspects of sensing elements and techniques, device co-design and integration, and electrophysiology and bioelectronic circuits, with a remarkable track record of development of diagnostic technologies. 

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are a family friendly workplace and are open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. We recognise the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package including a generous pension scheme and annual leave entitlement and are encouraging of your personal and professional development. 

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