Research Associate in Biomaterials Surface Engineering

Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol (GB)
£33,797-£38,017 per annum
11 Dec 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Jan 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Developing smart orthopaedic implants with antimicrobial and osseointegrative surfaces

We are seeking a talented, highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral Research Associate position within Bristol Dental School at the University of Bristol. You will join an exciting programme of work on the development of smart orthopaedic implants with cell-instructive surfaces, supervised by Prof Bo Su and Dr Angela Nobbs within the Biomaterials Engineering and Oral Microbiology groups respectively, in collaboration with Prof Matt Dalby of University of Glasgow.

Specifically, this project will investigate a unique surface nanoengineering approach to develop smart orthopaedic implants that can prevent bacterial infection while promoting osseointegration. You will generate different nanopatterns on 3D printed Ti implant surfaces and conduct microbiological testing in a bioreactor to establish the relationship between nanotopography and antimicrobial and anti-biofouling performance. Surface functionalisation will be carried out and its synergistic effects investigated. You will also be responsible for supplying samples to our project collaborators at the University of Glasgow for stem cell studies.

You should have a PhD degree in materials, chemistry or engineering. Knowledge and experience in both surface nanopatterning and microbiology are essential.

This post is funded by the MRC. Interested applicants are invited to contact Prof Bo Su ( for further information or discussion.

Closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 06 January 2020.

The selection process will be held as soon as possible after the closing date.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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