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Research Fellow in Advanced Microfluidic Models of Microvasculature

Department:
Mechanical Engineering
Location:
London
Hours:
Full time
Salary:
£36,028 - £43,533 per annum
Application deadline :
5 Sep 2021

Duties and Responsibilities

We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) to join an interdisciplinary team of biomechanicians (Prof. Emad Moeendarbary, UCL), applied mathematicians (Dr Fabian Spill, University of Birmingham) and biologists (Prof. Anne Ridley, University of Bristol), to uncover the mechanobiological pathways that underlie the dynamics of the endothelium through advanced microfluidic models of microvasculature.

The successful applicant will join an international network of bioengineers and employ innovative approaches to develop microfluidic microphysiological models of blood vessels and to study the mechanobiological behaviour of endothelial cells.

The position provides opportunities for structured career development including networking, mentorship, and training workshops organised by the UCL, the London Centre for Nanotechnology and UCL Institute for the Physics of Living Systems. The position, therefore, provides an ideal opportunity for highly-motivated scientists to advance their career.

You will be required to:
Develop microfluidic devices, and perform microfabrication in combination with cell culture, molecular biological techniques including RT-qPCR, Western blotting, ELISA and immunofluorescence.

Perform live-cell confocal fluorescence imaging, genetic cellular transfections, and immunohistochemical techniques.

Keep organised laboratory notebooks and protocols that can be shared between labs to standardise experimental techniques, and to prepare and submit research manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed leading academic journals.
Work effectively as a team member within the lab and collaborate with local and international partners.

The postdoctoral position will be based at the laboratory of Professor Emad Moeendarbary at University College London) and is funded for 2 years in the first instance.

Key Requirements

To be considered for the postdoctoral positions, you must:
Possess a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry or a closely related field with experience in Microfluidics;
A demonstrated ability to identify critical research questions, and to develop experimental and computational / theoretical strategies to address these;
Have experience in microfluidics and live-cell fluorescence imaging;
Have a publication record that demonstrates innovation, rigor, and productivity;
Have proven communication skills, as supported by writing and presentation clarity and a track record of conference presentations;
Demonstrate the ability to take leadership of (or participate in) collaborative projects, especially those involving multiple groups;
Willingness to apply for external funding for the research projects;

You should also have a range of interdisciplinary skills. In particular, we invite candidates with prior expertise in several of the following:
Sensor integration in microfluidic devices;
Integrated microfluidic electronic systems;
Automated microfluidic platforms for real-time data acquisition and data processing;
In depth understanding of and experience with protein chemistry.

Further Details

For a job description and to apply, click here. 

Informal enquiries about the role may be addressed to Professor Emad Moeendarbary via e.moeendarbary@ucl.ac.uk.

HR enquiries about the role may be sent to mecheng.hr@ucl.ac.uk.

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