Research Associate

London (Greater)
£38,304, including London Weighting Allowance
Wednesday, 12 August 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 17 August 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work alongside a team of research clinicians, engineers and scientists in the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral and Craniofacial Science at King’s College London, developing innovative, biomimetic materials and prototype medical devices. The materials studies will undergo selective and controlled biodegradation under physiological and disease states, thus assisting in the diagnosis and monitoring of oral manifestations of systemic disease. 

Materials will be synthesised using our state-of -the-art biomaterials facilities, tested using surface metrology, calorimetry and qualitative imaging with the aim of developing a prototype ready for clinical testing.

 The successful candidate will work with a team of scientists and clinicians at King’s College London towards better translating basic research from bench-side to clinic. 

You should have (or be near completion) a PhD/MEng in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or Biomaterials, and an excellent publication record or relevant postdoctoral experience of internationally leading research. High-level skills in materials chemistry and demonstrated ability to take responsibility within a research organisation are essential. Candidates with expertise in 3D printing applications or bioceramics are particularly encouraged to apply, though we are open to a broad range of skills that should be shown to be relevant to group activity in the application.

Key responsibilities:

Ideally the candidate will have experience in biomineralization as well as one or more of the following areas:

1) Chemical synthesis and analysis of calcium based materials 

2) 3D printing and 

3) Familiar with profilometers or other measurement techniques

4) Laboratory good practice

They will be expected to work both independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team. 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post. 

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential Criteria

PhD awarded or near completion in Biomaterials, Chemistry or related field completion.

Excellent publication record or potential

Supervisory, planning and organising skills particularly in relation to experimental design and project management.

Leadership qualities and ability to work unsupervised, produce own job plans, exercise initiative and self-motivated to further own professional development.

Broad experience in the handling and management of laboratory procedures and equipment.


Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following: chemical crosslinking, metrology, 3D printing, biomaterials, calcium phosphates

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