Research Associate Position in Polymer Chemistry

The University of Manchester
Full time Full day
£33,309 - £40,927 / year
Ashton in Makerfield

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Polymer Chemistry within an EPSRC-funded project titled “Mussel-inspired tough and stiff injectable gels from inter-linked microgels”. The Research Associate will synthesise and study new state-of-the-art injectable doubly crosslinked microgel hydrogels designed for the repair of load-bearing tissues that experience tension. These new gels are designed to have toughness (tearing resistance) and stiffness (modulus) values that match those of non-injectable high-performance synthetic gels and also cartilage. The project will involve microgel and hydrogel synthesis, mechanical property measurements as well as cell challenge studies. The latter will be conducted in collaboration with the medical school at Manchester

You should have a PhD (or equivalent)in polymer chemistry or chemistry, experience in emulsion polymerisation and organic synthesis. Backgrounds in microgels and hydrogels would also be an advantage. A strong publication record and the ability to write research papers is essential. The ability to work within a multidisciplinary research group will also be important. The position will be supervised by Prof. Brian Saunders (Department of Materials).

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

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Blended working arrangements may be considered

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: Prof. Brian Saunders

Email: [email protected]

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

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