Research Associate in Microfabrication of Innovative Materials
Imperial College London
South Kensington , GB
4d ago

Job summary

The use of microfabricated materials is becoming an extremely important aspect of generating high impact materials-based approaches.

Microfabricated materials offer extremely advantageous properties that can be manipulated using versatile surface chemistries and biofunctionalisation strategies.

Further, the microfabrication of micro / nanoparticle substrates can give rise to innovative materials capable of delivering sensitive cargo in a well-controlled manner to target tissues.

This project will involve the use of microfabrication strategies to generate and characterise micro / nanoparticles and innovative materials capable of being utilised in an injectable drug delivery platform for a target tissue.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities include :

  • Design and synthesise innovative microfabricated micro / nanoparticles using polymers and / or modify GRAS polymers for drug delivery purposes.
  • Specifically, develop injectable drug delivery platforms for the long-term release of encapsulated cargo.

  • Use state-of-the-art materials characterisation techniques to analyse the materials.
  • Undertake the associated data analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Help the other research staff, technicians, and students in the daily management of the group laboratories and facilities.
  • To liaise with the other research staff and students working in broad areas of relevance to the research project and partner institutions.
  • To write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals, presentations, and the web.
  • To attend progress and management meetings as required and network with the other research groups.
  • To collaborate with industrial partners.
  • To take initiatives in the planning of research.
  • To develop any required skills and knowledge.
  • To identify and develop suitable techniques and apparatus for the collection and analysis of data.
  • To conduct data analysis.
  • To ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times.
  • To maintain accurate and complete records of all findings.
  • To write reports for submission to research sponsors.
  • To prepare material for presentation in oral and poster formats.
  • Essential requirements

    Candidates / post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following :

  • Research Assistant, near completion of PhD degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics, Biophotonics, Materials Science, or Engineering or similar.
  • Research Associate hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics, Biophotonics, Materials Science, or Engineering or similar.

  • Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694 - £39,888 per annum.
  • Experience in microfabrication, synthesis of micro / nanoparticles, and in designing innovative materials.
  • Experience in micro / nanoparticle characterisation techniques (e.g. DLS, TEM, SEM and / or AFM), image analysis (e.g. ImageJ).
  • Experience of working in a cleanroom (e.g. (photo)lithography).
  • Experience in a wide range of synthetic skills (e.g. experimental design, wet chemistry, purification, etc.).
  • Knowledge of materials characterisation techniques (e.g. Raman, FTIR).
  • Experience in data and image analysis
  • Experience in writing papers focusing on microfabricated particles, their chemistry and characterisation, including a number of first-authored papers in well-respected journals
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