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Research Associate in Microfluidics
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-016741

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 09/06/2021

Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Department of Physics & Astronomy

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: From 1st September 2021 until 31st December 2022 (with potential for extension)

School / Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Applications are invited for a Research Associate position focused on experimental microfluidics and haemodynamics of the human placenta. The position is supported by the EPSRC grant “Novel Models for Haemodynamics and Transport in Complex Media: Towards Precision Healthcare for Placental Disorders”.

You will join a rapidly-growing biomechanics group within the Manchester Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics, working directly with Professor Anne Juel and Dr Igor Chernyavsky, as a part of a vibrant experimental group, in close collaboration with mathematicians, computational rheology experts, clinicians and biomedical engineers in the UK and internationally. This position benefits from being a part of a large project that will provide unique theoretical and computational support for the experimental effort. Please see more details on

The overall aim of this project is to characterise the rheology of blood in complex geometries, such as in the human placenta, a unique and critically important interface between the maternal and fetal circulations. This project lies at the interface between experimental biomimetic microfluidics, computational and mathematical modelling, informed by spatial statistics and image analysis of soft tissues.

You will hold (or be about to complete) a PhD (or equivalent) in Physics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or a closely related field. The ideal candidate will have a solid track record of publications relevant to the project area, and an aptitude for interdisciplinary research. Experimental experience in at least one of the following areas is essential for the project: fluid mechanics of suspensions; microfluidics of physiological flows, or multiphase porous media flows. 

Please see further particulars in the Person Specification document available at the online application site.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School 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:

Happy to talk flexible working.

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 Anne Juel


Name: Dr Igor Chernyavsky

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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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