Postdoctoral Researcher, Sol-Gels for Bone Repair

Sheffield, United Kingdom
Grade 6 - £27,025 to £33,199 dependent on experience (fixed term for 12 months)
08 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Science Technology And Arts

Grade 6 - £27,025 to £33,199 dependent on experience (fixed term for 12 months)

We're looking for a researcher to contribute to the delivery of a project to develop fabrication methods to manufacture porous scaffolds for use in bone regenerations.

Sol-gel processing is a method for making solid materials, typically ceramics, from liquids. We have been working on a class of injectable soft materials, called hydrogels, for applications in regenerative medicine. The hydrogels set at body temperature creating an ideal environment for cells to thrive and repair a range of tissue types. This project aims to make use of a number of sol-gel manufacturing methods, such as 3D printing, to make hard scaffolds that will support our soft hydrogels for bone repair. The final products could be used in a range of applications from gunshot trauma treatment to maxillofacial repair.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Manufacturing porous silicate constructs using sol-gel, electrospinning and 3D printing technologies
  • Manufacturing fire retardant polymer nanocomposites
  • Conducting mechanical, chemical and physical testing on manufactured components
  • Incorporating Sheffield Hallam patented hydrogels into porous silica constructs
  • Contributing to the dissemination of the research and commercial potential to potential partners, the academic community and the general public.

You will need:

  • Experience of thermogravimetric analysis, SEM, FTIR, rheology, raman and wet chemistry
  • Experience of publishing in peer reviewed journals
  • Good planning and organisational skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to undertake a range of research tasks

We particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented groups

For non-EU applicants, we are unlikely to be able to offer a certificate of sponsorship for this job (unless you are switching from a UK student visa), so you should only apply if you already have unrestricted permission to work in the UK.

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Contact Person : Professor Chris Sammon
Contact Number : 0114 225 3069
Date Advertised : 07-Dec-2018
Closing Date : 13-Dec-2018
Employment Type : Fixed Term - Full Time
Location : City Campus