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Research Assistant/Associate in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 19th Jan 2022
  • Salary: £28,756 - £30,497 per annum
  • REF: 15641
  • Closes: 16th February 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: Research Assistant: £28,756 – £30,497 per annum

Research Associate: £31,406 – £40,927per annum

Closing Date: 16th February2022

The Role

You will carry out research as part of a team of researchers working on an EPSRC funded research project to develop novel bioprinting systems. You will research and develop biomaterials processing and tissue engineering strategies which exploit the bioprinting equipment, focussing on hydrogel based materials using natural and synthetic polymers, and on the interaction of the printed material with novel substrates, with cardiac tissue engineering and liver cancer drug testing the primary applications.

You will work closely with computational modelling and bioprinting technology oriented colleagues to understand and improve the bioprinting process. You will be based within a dedicated Biofabrication Laboratory within the School of Engineering, and will have access to a wide range of experimental facilities throughout the School and University.The project will be led by Professor Kenny Dalgarno.

The post is full-time, fixed-term for 24 months , with a possible start date of the 1st March 2022.

For informal enquiries please contact Professor Kenny Dalgarno, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at: kenny.dalgarno@newcastle.ac.uk

Key Accountabilities

  • Youwill work collaboratively with researchers, technical staff and wider group members under the supervision of Professor Kenny Dalgarno, Dr Ana Ferreira-Duarte, and Dr Piergiorgio Gentile, and will also collaborate with Dr Fiona Oakley and Professor Derek Mann in the Medical School
  • Youwill research and develop biomaterials processing and tissue engineering strategies using a novel bioprinting process (reactive jet impingement), working as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers
  • Youwill have to effectively communicate research results to colleagues, industrial partners, and to the wider research community through conference presentations and journal papers
  • Youwill take a role in the general management and running of the biofabrication laboratory

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Understanding and experience of cell culture
  • Ability to carry out original research
  • Ability to write research journal papers
  • Ability to communicate and present the research outcomes in front of academic and industrial colleagues
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills
  • Effective time management and an ability to work to deadlines
  • Understanding and experience of the processing and characterisation of hydrogels(Desirable)
  • Understanding and experience of electrospinning(Desirable)
  • Understanding and experience of tissue engineering, in particular cardiac tissue engineering(Desirable)
  • Understanding and experience of organ-on-a-chip technologies, in particular related to cancer(Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Willingness to contribute to the supervision of Undergraduate, Masters, and PGR students, and to take a role in lab management of equality and diversity in all aspects of your work
  • Ability to prioritise, plan and execute tasks within a work plan
  • Excellent time management ability, organisations skills and initiative in planning research and balancing competing priorities
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly, both orally and through the written word
  • Good inter-personal skills with the ability to converse with local and international stakeholders (project partners, industry, general public) as a epresentative of the School
  • Willingness to travel locally and internationally and a readiness to work flexibly by mutual arrangement
  • Ability to work under supervision, in a collaborative manner with team colleagues at all levels. Demonstrable experience of working as part of a diverse, interdisciplinary team
  • An ability to work independently under the leadership of the PI and make decisions within the remit of the role and take responsibility for the outcomes
  • Committed to embedding the values


  • PhD (associate level) or close to completion of a PhD (assistant level) in a relevant subject (tissue engineering, biomaterials, biofabrication, bioengineering)
  • First or upper second class honours degree in materials science, engineering, microbiology or a related subject

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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