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Research Associate/Fellow (Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Organic Surfaces and Interfaces) (Fixed term)


Location:  University Park
Salary:  £29,762 to £36,333 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £33348 with relevant PhD).
Closing Date:  Wednesday 07 June 2023
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  SCI595122X1

We are currently seeking postdoctoral scientists to join an EPSRC funded project that will design bio-instructive materials for translation ready medical devices.

A novel class of polymers developed in our labs show great promise in reducing infections and controlling host response in the clinic. We recently added the use of micro topography to provide a synergistic stimulus to tackle infections and found an improvement in the host immune response. This control of host response is applicable to achieving better implant integration and wound healing. These findings are being developed in this project to improve outcomes for medical devices in the clinic.

The reason bacteria do not form adherent biofilms on our novel polymer surfaces is not well understood, so in this EPSRC funded project we will use combinatorial material libraries in ChemoTopo Chips to screen performance. We will develop models across a range of surfaces correlating surface chemistry, topography and bio-interfacial composition with bacterial, immune and stromal cell responses. These models will be used to design optimal materials for use as implanted meshes and external chromic wound care products for the post antibiotic era. 

The project includes computational modellers and experimentalists in the fields of polymer synthesis, 3D printing, surface chemical analysis, cellular immunology, bacteriology, proteomics and metabolomics. The successful candidate will be responsible for the mass spectrometry aspects of the project including Liquid extraction surface analysis (LESA), matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation (MALDI), 3DOrbiSIMS and liquid-chromatography (LC-MS) experiments. Experience with mass spectrometry analysis, data acquisition and interpretation is essential. Experience with surface-based mass spectrometry approaches or metabolomics/lipidomics, mass spectrometry data interpretation or in vitro models are highly desirable.

Candidates must have a PhD in preparation or awarded in the area of physical or biological sciences.  This is a collaborative project between the School of Pharmacy, The School of Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, the School of Life Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering. 

This full-time (36.25 hour) post is offered on fixed-term contract for 36 months; starting no later than February 2024. Job share arrangements may be considered.

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Informal enquiries can be directed to and applications can be made through the University of Nottingham’s Vacancy Manager system.

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