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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Research Assistant / Research Fellow in Microfluidics Based Biosensing for Point-of-care Diagnostics

Mechanical Engineering
Full Time
Grade 6B £31,542 - £33,257 per annum or Grade 7 £36,028 - £43,533 per annum
Application Deadline:
11 Apr 2021

Duties and Responsibilities

The candidate will conduct world class research in microfluidics and biosensors, publish high-quality research papers and present research at relevant conferences and professional meetings and work directly with clinical and engineering collaborators to deliver this project.

The candidate will work in the nanoengineering and microfluidics laboratories in UCL Mechanical Engineering led by Profs. Manish K. Tiwari and Stavroula Balabani and collaborate closely with the clinical team at Royal Free Hospital led by Mr Reza Motallebzadeh. The project team has full access to the sensing facilities in UCL’s Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS) as well as the wet-lab facilities in the Division of Surgery and Institute of Immunity & Transplantation, UCL on the Royal Free Hospital site and will work with patient samples to validate the diagnostic capabilities of the platform following an approved ethics protocol.

The candidate will also be part of a world-class team and be exposed to a number of projects on microfluidics and nanonengineering with applications in healthcare, energy and manufacturing. Examples include, high-resolution 3D printing; novel (bio) sensors and flexible electronics devices; microfluidics for energy and point of care diagnostics; and nanoengineered surfaces for anti-icing, flow condensation, antibacterial applications etc.

The post is for 2 years in the first instance.

Key Requirements

You will have experience in microfluidics, biosensors and basic programming skills such as Matlab/Python. You will have outstanding written and oral communication skills and be able to manage your time. We are seeking a team player who is also able to take initiative.

Please note: appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £31,542 – £33,257 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further details

For further details and to apply click here. 

Informal enquiries about the role may be addressed to Professor Manish. K. Tiwari via

HR enquiries about the role may be sent to

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