Research Associate in Cancer Biophysics

Manchester, United Kingdom
£32,236 to £39,609 per annum according to relevant experience
19 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location : Manchester
Closing Date : 20/11/2018
Salary : £32,236 to £39,609 per annum according to relevant experience
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health
Division : Cell Matrix Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Hours Per week : Full time
Contract Duration : From 3 December 2018 until 16 September 2020 

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to develop new model systems to understand the cancer microenvironment. The project aims to develop a pipeline that begins with a characterisation of primary tissues, develops three-dimensional model systems that match the chemistry, biophysics and topology of physiology, and finally enables investigation of novel biology, diagnostic tools  and therapeutics. Work will be undertaken in the laboratories of Drs. Joe Swift and Andrew Gilmore at the Wellcome Centre for Cell Matrix Research (WCCMR,, but will be integrated with a multi-disciplinary team including cancer biologists (Manchester Breast Centre), immunologists and bioengineers. The project will involve the development and application of new biomaterial technologies, such as three-dimensional printing, under the supervision of Dr. Marco Domingos (School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering) and Professor Alberto Saiani (School of Materials and Director of Manchester BioGel, Furthermore, work will be supported by access to world-class Core Facilities and Experimental Officers at the WCCMR.

You will have a Ph.D. or equivalent in biophysics, bioengineering, biomaterials, cell-matrix biology or a related area of research. You will ideally have experience of biomechanical characterisation, working with biomaterials, cell culture techniques and biological analysis (e.g. quantification of transcripts and proteins). Duties will include design of experiments, data processing, training coworkers, presentation of work and preparation for publication. This is a full time appointment starting 3rd December 2018, or as soon as possible therafter, and is funded for two years (with a possible one-year extension pending success of an additional grant application).

Successful candidates may be subject to pre-employment screening carried out on our behalf by a third party. The offer of employment will be dependent on the successful candidate passing that screening. Whilst you will be required to provide express consent at a later stage, by continuing with your application now you acknowledge that you are aware that such screening will take place, and agree to take part in the process.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:                                   

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr. Joe Swift.


Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

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