Job reference: SAE-023042
Salary: £36,024 to £44,263 per annum depending on relevant experience
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Science and Engineering
Location: Manchester
Employment type: Fixed Term
Division/Team: Department of Materials
Hours Per Week: Full time
Closing date: 30/09/2023
Contract Duration: For 18 months
School/Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Job Description

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant with expertise in adult stem cells and biomaterials. The position is available for a fixed term of 18 months from time of appointment. This project is associated with an exciting new EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Grant and applicants will have the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary group to assess the potential of novel 3D printed biodegradable polymers and hybrid scaffolds for osteochondral regeneration on using adult stem cells and in vitro bone/osteochondral models. 

Successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary setting at the Henry Royce Institute at the University of Manchester. Applicants should possess or be close to obtaining a PhD in cell biology or biomaterial science. They should be highly experienced in stem cell culture, molecular biology techniques and 3D cell culture with expertise in using a range of cell culture, molecular biology and immunohistochemical techniques, including RNA extraction, rt-PCR, immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence staining. Experience with biomaterial, bioreactors and various imaging techniques will be considered an advantage. Post will be based at the University of Manchester and The Henry Royce Institute, with the opportunity to work with collaborators with expertise on polymer synthesis (Dr Georgiou, Imperial), hybrid synthesis and additive manufacturing (Prof J Jones, Imperial ) and animal models (Prof G Blunn, Portsmouth/RVC)

Applicants should be highly motivated and have excellent skills in working collaboratively, as part of a team. A good track record of high-quality publications is preferable. Having the ability to direct your own research and interpret your results independently is a must. ​​​​​​​

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

What you will get in return:

  • Fantastic market leading Pension scheme
  • Excellent employee health and wellbeing services including an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Exceptional starting annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays
  • Additional paid closure over the Christmas period
  • Local and national discounts at a range of major retailers

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department 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. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Hybrid working arrangements may be considered.

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Olga Tsigkou

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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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