Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - Cell manipulation and micro fluidics

Location
United Kingdom
Posted
Jan 30, 2018
Closes
Feb 28, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
Job Purpose

To create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities with the EPSRC – Bright Ideas, Engineering a Prosperous Nation funded project. Born Slippy is an adventurous research programme that aims to discover the tribological profile of therapeutic hysterosalpingography (HSG), using a series of novel experimental procedures

  • Work within specified research grant and project
  • Operate within area of specialisms including but not limited to, biomedical engineer, with a focus on Human Reproductive Science (role 1) cell manipulation, micro fluidics, tribology, materials characterisation (role 2), mechanical design.
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results
  • Disseminate significant research findings in appropriate ways (journal papers, presenting at conferences, public engagement events), capture potential impact
  • Finding and engaging with clinicians, practitioners, and other potential partners.
  • Contribute to writing bids and generating funding
  • Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial success (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar

 

Main Duties

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.

  • Analyse and interpret data generated from Born Slippy.
  • Apply knowledge, experience and critical analysis in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc. as determined by the project management group.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods to enable the tribological properties of the Born Slippy system to be determined.
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation as defined in the Born Slippy research proposal and using any other methodologies that may be appropriate literature reviews.
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars, research symposia and as posters
  • Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research 
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines*
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of The project Principal Investigator.
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Decide in consultation with the Principal Investigator on the most appropriate way of undertaking the specified research activities
  • Decide in consultation with the Principal Investigator as appropriate how to analyse and interpret the data from the specified research activities
  • Decide in consultation with the Principal Investigator as appropriate what knowledge to draw on and how to apply it to develop new intellectual understanding
  • Contribute to deciding what information to include in a bid for research funding and how to present the bid to maximise the likelihood of securing the funding
  • Decide in collaboration with co-authors which aspects of the research findings to include in a presentation or a publication and how to convey the findings
  • Give guidance, support and advice to students on research related work including PhD students and decide the most appropriate method of providing this supervision.
  • Liaise with research staff and support staff on research-related matters
  • Find, engage and liaise with potential external collaborators on the research
  • Give presentations and/or contribute to presentations at national and/or international conferences
  • Referee articles for peer-reviewed academic journals
  • Maintain contact with (including membership of) appropriate professional bodies
  • Liaise with the relevant external research community via seminars and conferences
  • Participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration
  • Liaise with external clients of the University or members of the public

 

Person Specification

  • First degree in Mechanical Engineering, materials science and a higher degree in mechanical engineering, materials science, or biomedical engineering a focus on Human Reproduction would be advantageous.
  • High level analytical capability, with evidence of the application of engineering principles, including:
    • Knowledge of characterising complex materials, desirable would be human cells, biological and similar materials.
    • Knowledge of the novel aspects of lubricants and characterisation processes as well as the ability to benchmark fluids for required needs.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Experience in the design of bespoke test rigs
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones, including:
    • Statistical analysis
    • High level of programming experience with MATLAB, R and similar languages
    • Knowledge and prior practice on the use of mathematical models and computational software relevant for the simulation of tribological behaviour
  • Experience with relevant experimental techniques, including:
    • Experience with usage of advanced material testing, as well as advanced surface characterisation such as SEM, EDS and topography analysis and measurement techniques.
    • Experience with usage of advanced material testing such as SEM and White Light Interferometry
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • High level analytical capability
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of Born Slippy
  • Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Decide in consultation with the Principal Investigator on the most appropriate way of undertaking the specified research activities
  • Decide in consultation with the Principal Investigator as appropriate how to analyse and interpret the data from the specified research activities
  • Decide in consultation with the Principal Investigator as appropriate what knowledge to draw on and how to apply it to develop new intellectual understanding
  • Contribute to deciding what information to include in a bid for research funding and how to present the bid to maximise the likelihood of securing the funding
  • Decide in collaboration with co-authors which aspects of the research findings to include in a presentation or a publication and how to convey the findings
  • Give guidance, support and advice to students on research related work including PhD students and decide the most appropriate method of providing this supervision.
  • Liaise with research staff and support staff on research-related matters
  • Find, engage and liaise with potential external collaborators on the research
  • Give presentations and/or contribute to presentations at national and/or international conferences
  • Referee articles for peer-reviewed academic journals
  • Maintain contact with (including membership of) appropriate professional bodies
  • Liaise with the relevant external research community via seminars and conferences
  • Participate in internal networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaboration
  • Liaise with external clients of the University or members of the public

 

Application Deadline

28 Feb 2018

 

Enquiries

For further information please contact Dr Karl D Dearn, k.d.dearn@bham.ac.uk, 01214144190 

Please note this post is aligned to external funding and therefore the salary on offer is up to a maximum of £31,604 per year only.