Research Assistant/Research Fellow in Advanced Biosensors

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£24,739 to £28,338 (Research Assistant) or £33,309 (Research Fellow) per annum
24 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School/Department School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work
37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period Until 31 July 2021
£24,739 to £28,338 per annum with additional performance related pay up to £35,420 per annum (Research Assistant) or £33,309 per annum (Research Fellow)
Apply by 06/12/2020

Role Description

We welcome applications from individuals interested in this exciting Research Fellow post, with the necessary knowledge and skills to support the delivery of research on the development of electrochemical immunosensors for detection of biological warfare agents (BWA).

As the UK’s only exclusively postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships is creating leaders in technology and management globally.  Our distinctive expertise is in our deep understanding of technology and management and how these work together to benefit the world.

Our people are our most valuable resource and everyone has a role to play in shaping the future of our university, developing our learners, and transforming the businesses we work with. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here. Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

Cranfield Manufacturing (which includes major activities in Materials) is following the ambitious strategy of developing a roadmap for a Sustainable Manufacturing Sector for 2050 by applying fundamental science and thought leadership via conceiving and maturing the concepts of Smart, Clean and Green manufacturing solutions agnostically across all sectors and through all tiers of the supply chain with SMEs as well as OEMs. This is to support the national aspiration of Net Zero UK by 2050. We offer world-class and niche post-graduate level research, education, training and consultancy. We are unique in our multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together design, materials’ technology and management expertise. We link fundamental materials research with manufacturing to develop novel technologies and improve the science base of the manufacturing research. Our capabilities are unique, with a focus on simulation and modelling, and sustainability.  They also include work in composite manufacture, metallic glasses, nano-materials (graphene, coatings and sensors), low energy casting, thermal barrier coatings and Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM).

This key role will involve working closely with project partners, presenting the outcomes of research in project meetings and preparing deliverable reports and journal publications.  You will be responsible for carrying out research on the development of electrochemical immunosensors for detection of biological warfare agents (BWA), compatible with small samples volumes (2-10 µl). This will also include a signal amplification achieved using gold nanoparticles, firstly in a steps by steps modality and then, on the second part of the project, on a microfluidic format.

You will have a PhD (or close to completion) in biosensors/affinity sensors, or diagnostics or a similar field. You will have also have a BSc in Analytical Chemistry or Bioengineering or related fields, and experience on development of immunosensors or immunoassays, along with experience on biomolecules immobilisation on surfaces and their conjugation to dyes/enzymes. Experience in handling and chemical modification of nanoparticles would also be advantageous.  You will be focused on the successful delivery of the project, be proactive and enthusiastic, and committed to delivering high quality research, with a collaborative approach.  In return, the successful applicant will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to be at the forefront of world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

At Cranfield we value Diversity and Inclusion, and aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together harmoniously with dignity and respect and realise their full potential. To further demonstrate our commitment to progressing gender diversity in STEM, we are members of WES & Working Families, and sponsors of International Women in Engineering Day.

Our equal opportunities and diversity monitoring has shown that women and minority ethnic groups are currently underrepresented within the university and so we actively encourage applications from eligible candidates from these groups.

We actively consider flexible working options such as part-time, compressed or flexible hours and/or an element of homeworking, and commit to exploring the possibilities for each role. Find out more here.

For an informal discussion, please contact Iva Chianella, Senior Lecturer in Bio-Sensors and Functional Polymers, on (T): +44 (0)1234 750111 Ext. 8322 or (E):

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