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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term) - Bioelectronic Systems Technology

Fri, 23/10/2020 - 00:00

The Bioelectronic Systems Technology at Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology wishes to recruit a Research Assistant/Research Associate. The role holder will work on a project to develop an in vitro model of the gut-brain axis with integrated technology solutions for monitoring the effects of the microbiome on human health. The role holder will develop an augmented 3D in vitro model of the human gut, including immune and ENS cells, with integrated electronic monitoring, to study interactions between host and microbes.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD (or be close to being awarded their PhD) in biomedical engineering, tissue engineering or a related scientific discipline. The candidate must be versed in biological interfaces and engineering of these systems. The candidate should have experience with tissue culture, specifically co-culture models of the gut. The candidate will have the responsibility to develop a co-culture system representing gut, ENS and immune components within conducting polymer scaffolds. The candidate will need to characterise these systems to assess their viability as an in vitro model of the gut-brain axis. Experience in tissue engineering and cell culture are required. The candidate should also have experience in microfabrication techniques and state of the art microfluidics technologies. This is a multidisciplinary project and the successful candidate should be willing to and capable of interacting with team members from disciplines ranging from cell biology to chemistry to physics. The candidate will also be expected to disseminate results to the broader scientific community, thus having experience with written and oral presentation skill sets.

More information about the Bioelectronic Systems Technology is available here:

https://www.ceb.cam.ac.uk/research/groups/best

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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For further information, contact please contact Dr Roisin Owens, rmo37@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference NQ24513 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term) - Design of MOFs for Targeted Delivery for Hard-to-Treat Cancers

Fri, 16/10/2020 - 00:00

The Adsorption and Advanced Materials Laboratory, headed by Dr David Fairen-Jimenez (http://people.ds.cam.ac.uk/df334), is looking for an outstanding postdoctoral research assistant/associate for a project involving the use of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) in drug delivery for hard-to-treat cancers, to start on Q4 2018. The project is funded by the £10M EPSRC IRC grant in Targeted Delivery for Hard-to-Treat Cancers. The mission of this project is to lead the development, manufacture and validation of novel targeted drug delivery technologies that enhance bioavailability in hard-to-treat tumours, coupled with a timely clinical translation.

In particular, this position focuses in the development of drug nanocarriers based on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), one of the most exciting developments in recent porous materials science. The project aims to leverage recent advances in the design of these advanced hybrid materials to create novel, high capacity delivery vehicles with targeting capabilities. We will advance their capacity to encapsulate difficult, hydrophobic drugs as well as macromolecules such as siRNAs, small mRNAs and inhibitor peptides. Here, we will: i) identify, design and develop optimal carrier materials with outstanding capacity; ii) modify the external surface chemistry of carriers to improve efficacy and targeting capabilities; iii) encapsulate and deliver hydrophobic drugs and siRNAs, mRNA and peptides.

The candidate must have a strong background in the area on drug delivery systems. This includes a PhD (or be close to completing a PhD) in chemistry, biology, materials science, or in a relevant science discipline. The candidate must be highly motivated and must have a strong academic record in terms of publications. The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills are also required. The duties / responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives; writing up work for presentations, publications and grant applications; collaborating with academic and industrial partners; co-supervision of PhD research projects and delivering seminars. It is expected that the candidate will contribute substantially to the future direction of the project. Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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For further information, contact Dr David Fairen Jimenez via email - df334@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference NQ24442 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Laboratory Technician (Fixed Term) - Part time 50% FTE

Fri, 16/10/2020 - 00:00

The Bionanoengineering group at the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Department works at the interface of chemistry and molecular biology, and designs advanced nanostructured materials for catalysis and biomedical applications. The team is composed of chemists, molecular biologists and engineers, and has recently secured funding to conduct COVID-19 related research, for which it requires a research laboratory assistant.

The purpose of this role is to provide technical support for teaching and research activity related to COVID-19 project in order to ensure the smooth running of a laboratory or research facility and support postdoctoral researchers working on the project.

More information about the Bionanoengineering group is available here: https://www.ceb.cam.ac.uk/research/research-groups/bionano-engineering

More information about the Department is available here: www.ceb.cam.ac.uk

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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For further information, contact Dr Ljiljana Fruk via email - lf389@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference NQ24443 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Fri, 09/10/2020 - 00:00

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge has partnered with the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens in Ghana to investigate diagnostics for resource poor countries. A research associate position is available with the Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology team, University of Cambridge. The successful candidate will work in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Cambridge. Some time may also be spent at the University of Ghana. The project will be under the supervision of Prof. Lisa Hall (Cambridge) and Prof. Gordon Awandare (Ghana).

The Collaboration involves the development of diagnostics for febrile disease outbreaks to enable informed treatment and targeted antibiotic use. The Cambridge team have developed a new technology for design of proteins for analytical use. Taking a synthetic biology and molecular biology approach, the project aims to build on this technology for transfer to low resource settings.

The successful candidate will be expected to assume intellectual leadership in driving the development of the diagnostic and its application, as well as contributing to wider, ongoing development of programmes of disease diagnostics for resource poor settings. This will involve integration with teams working in Cambridge, Ghana and partners in other countries, driving the underpinning technology, making key design decisions, and ensuring their realisation.

Applicants must have:

1.) A degree in a relevant discipline such as analytical biotechnology, molecular biology, cell biology etc.

2.) Understanding of and ideally experience of antibody testing configurations or nucleic acid amplification methods.

3.) An outstanding publication record or demonstration of excellent research potential for a newly graduated PhD or candidate who is close to gaining their PhD.

4.) Excellent oral and written communication skills.

5.) The ability to work as part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team of researchers.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 15 months.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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For further information, contact Prof Lisa Hall via email - eah16@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference NQ24357 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Project Manager / Grant Applications Developer

Fri, 09/10/2020 - 00:00

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology wishes to appoint a Project Manager /Grant Applications Developer.

The Project Manager (50% FTE) will be responsible for the new large activity, the "Innovation Centre in Digital Molecular Technology" (iDMT). The project manager will support the Director of iDMT (Prof. Alexei Lapkin) and the management team of the project, to coordinate all activities of the project. This involves financial planning and reporting, especially establishing the framework for reporting with respect of the ERDF guidelines, research coordination, collating information for project assessment, coordinating projects with SMEs, including liaising with partners on specific issues of planning and project execution. The postholder will work closely with academics to ensure the effective delivery and development of these activities. They will also act as a key contact for operational interactions with project delivery partners and will set-up the reporting and data collection system and will supervise the work of a Project Administrative Assistant.

The Grant Applications Developer (50% FTE) will help develop new grant funding opportunities with academics within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. This will involve coordinating large grant bids, contributing to writing the bids, liaising with pre-award and post-award grant management teams in the Department and in the Research Operations Office of the University.

This part of the job requires some understanding of the science of the projects, and experience and knowledge about grant development: structure of grants, coordination of multiple partners, interactions with funding bodies and understanding of requirements and specifications of different funding calls, interactions with University's pre-award team of the Research Operations Office.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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For further information, contact Prof Alexei Lapkin aal35@cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference NQ22042 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant for Gas Separation Applications (Fixed Term)

Thu, 08/10/2020 - 00:00

Research Assistant for Gas Separation

The Adsorption and Advanced Materials Laboratory (A2ML), headed by Dr David Fairen-Jimenez (https://www.ceb.cam.ac.uk/directory/david-fairen-jimenez) in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology (CEB), is looking for research assistant for a project involving the study of gas separation applications. This position will start in Q4 2020.

The candidate must have a background in the area of chemical engineering, preferably with a knowledge of porous materials, adsorption and PSA processes. Candidates should have an upper class honours degree chemical engineering, chemistry or in a relevant physical science discipline. The candidate must be highly motivated and demonstrate the ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem-solving skills are also required. The duties / responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives; and working closely with other members of the team.

For further information, contact Dr David Fairen-Jimenez (df334@cam.ac.uk).

This role is fixed term until 31 Dec 2020.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For further information, contact Dr David Fairen-Jimenez (df334@cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference NQ24343 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term) - Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology Group

Wed, 07/10/2020 - 00:00

The Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology wishes to recruit a Research Assistant/Research Associate.

The role holder will play a key part in developing the enzymes for use in the nucleic acid diagnostics to test for Covid-19 in Ghana. We have used molecular biology to redesign the core reagent for nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), the polymerase, so that it can be produced at low cost and with low resources, to allow it to be manufactured locally in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). The role uses synthetic biology and molecular biology techniques to design both the polymerase and reverse transcriptase. A protocol will be developed for the enzyme production which will be transferred by the role holder to collaborators at KNUST, Ghana and then incorporated into prototype nucleic acid tests for use in a clinical study. While first steps have been taken on several fronts, many aspects will need to be added, extended, or developed further.

Applications are welcome from those who are close to obtaining their PhD.

More information about the Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology Group is available here - https://www.ceb.cam.ac.uk/research/groups/rg-cab

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 October 2021 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries about the job can be made to Prof Lisa Hall via eah16@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference NQ24306 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Research Associate - Sustainable Reaction Engineering Group - AI Agents for Chemical Robotics

Tue, 06/10/2020 - 00:00

Fixed-term: the funds for this position are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a two-year post-doctoral position to join the Sustainable Reaction Engineering group led by Professor Alexei Lapkin (https://www.ceb.cam.ac.uk/research/groups/rg-sre).

The project is part of a Programme Grant "Chemobots: Digital-Chemical-Robotics to Convert Code to Molecules and Complex Systems" led by Professor Leroy Cronin at Glasgow University. The Cambridge part of the project will focus on development of intelligent agents to work with data generated by chemical robots, generate new experimental hypotheses and create experimental designs. Specific focus will be on exploration of multiple process options and using optimisation techniques, multi-objective optimisation, generalisation of knowledge from data-rich experiments through ML tools such as symbolic regression.

For further details and terms and conditions of the role, please see the attached Further Particulars.

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Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Alexei Lapkin: aal35@cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference NQ24300 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)- Dual-action antiviral dyes to support the fight against Covid-19

Tue, 29/09/2020 - 00:00

The BioNano Engineering group at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Hiotechnology, headed by Dr. Ljiljana Fruk (fruk-group.com), is looking for an outstanding postdoctoral research associate for a project involving the development of antiviral pigments. The project is funded by Innovate UK to support the fight against COVID-19 and it is done in collaboration with Colorifix company.

The aim of this project is to develop antiviral dyes to be used to prepare range of materials with antiviral properties. Whereas Colorifix is developing the strategies for sustainable dying process, Fruk lab will be working on identification and modification of the most suitable dyes as well as the assessment of the antiviral properties with the collaborators within Cambridge.

In particular, this position focuses on exploration on existing pigments, modification of the structure and the extensive exploration of reactive oxygen species production to estimate the efficiency of the antiviral action. In addition, the researcher will study the binding to the viral proteins, and optimise the formulation of the pigments both in terms of producing different combinations and changing the molecular structure of the compounds. The antiviral activity will then be assessed by virologists closely working with the group.

The candidate must have a strong background in the area of organic synthesis in particular click chemistry, reactive oxygen species production, and the knowledge of all required characterisation techniques, and should hold a PhD in chemistry, materials science or in a relevant physical science discipline. Experience with antiviral compound design in not required. The candidate must be highly motivated and should have a strong academic record in terms of publications. The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem solving skills are also required. The duties / responsibilities of this post include developing and driving research objectives; close collaboration with the company and University collaborators, writing up the reports and preparing presentations, publications and grant applications; assisting in the supervision of related PhD research project and supervision of a technical staff working on the project, and delivering seminars. It is expected that the candidate will contribute substantially to the future direction of the project.

More information about the Department is available here: www.ceb.cam.ac.uk

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries about the job can be made to Dr Ljiljana Fruk via lf389@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference NQ24229 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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