Research Assistant/Associate in Implantable Drug Delivery Devices for Brain Tumours

Department of Engineering, West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 16th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £27,116 - £31,406or £33,309 - £40,927
  • REF: NM29043
  • Closes: 07th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate to design, fabricate and validate implantable devices that delivery chemotherapy to brain tumours, as part of a broader EPSRC IRC project to explore the use of new technologies to combat hard-to-treat cancers.

Background to the Project Chemotherapy drugs have poor penetration through the blood brain barrier (BBB) leading to sub-therapeutic concentrations in brain tumours. Therapeutic strategies that control drug release spatially and temporally represent a significant step forward in terms of reducing side-effects and improving treatment efficacy and will thus have significant clinical impact. Electrophoretic drug delivery devices, which use electric fields to enhance drug transport, represent one such strategy. The aim of this project is to make implantable electrophoretic drug delivery devices and validate them in animal models of brain cancer, generating the necessary preclinical data to support translation.

Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD or equivalent in Engineering or Physical Sciences, and experience with the fabrication and validation in animal models of implantable devices, including at least one of the following:

  • Convection enhanced delivery catheters
  • Microdialysis devices
  • Neural implants
  • Implantable sensors

Applicants must have demonstrated ability to function within a large team, coordinate with multiple partners, and communicate across disciplines. They must have experience of collaborating with experimental oncology/neuroscience groups, experience with implantable device validation in rodents, and a strong publication record in relevant journals.

Key responsibilities and duties include device development and applicants should be able to evaluate different fabrication strategies and select the most appropriate one, generate prototypes that include
electrical and fluidic connections and provide devices to IRC collaborators for studies of mechanical properties and sterilization etc.

Applicants should also be able to work with IRC collaborators to evaluate device performance in in vitro models and should be able to work with an in vivo validation team to evaluate device performance.

Planning and organization is also important with applicants being expected to plan the use of research resources, laboratories and workshops. Applicants are also expected to manage their own research activity, in collaboration with others.

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

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If you have any questions about this vacancy please contact George Malliaras ( for queries of a technical nature related to the role. For queries relating to the application process, please contact Kirsty Shepherd (

Please quote reference NM29043 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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