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Innovating biomaterials design for regenerative medicine and biosensing

Vacancies


We welcome applications from excellent and enthusiastic students and postdocs to join the Stevens Group! We receive a very high number of applicants and successful PhD applicants will typically have graduated with a high First class honours degree and have research experience. Successful postdocs will have a strong publication record. Since the group is usually full it is best for prospective applicants to contact a year or so in advance where possible. In both cases we welcome the very best researchers from all over the world and from many different backgrounds - the group hosts chemists, engineers, cell biologists, surgeons, physicists and materials scientists who are looking for an interdisciplinary adventure!

Postdocs and Students


Prospective students and postdocs are invited to directly contact Prof Molly Stevens.

Postdocs


To apply to an open postdoc position on this page or to find out more information on these vacancies, please see Imperial College's Jobsite and search for that particular position.

Students


More information on the student positions can be found here, and to apply for a student position, please see Imperial College's Registry.

CURRENT OPEN VACANCIES


PhD position in the development of an auxetic patch based on well-defined conductive oligomers


Closing Date: Rolling basis


Cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death worldwide. There are few therapeutic options available following myocardial infarct as cardiac tissues possess relatively low reparative and regenerative capabilities, imposing a global socioeconomic burden. Biomaterial-based strategies are being sought in the search for a much needed, innovative and timely solution. Polymer-based electroactive biomaterials have been traditionally hindered in cardiac applications because of issues concerning their biocompatibility, ability to withstand the strenuous and dynamic environment of cardiac tissues, and incapability of influencing cardiac cells following infarct.

Within this Plastic Electronics CDT studentship led by Profs Molly Stevens and Martin Heeney, we will use powerful in-house designed synthetic approaches to end-functionalised, homogenous, and electroactive conjugated oligomers, to form electroresponsive cardiac scaffolds. These materials will be formulated into the first electroactive auxetic patch capable of withstanding the native physiological cardiac environment. The unique patterning of the patch enables extension in both directions under strain to match the motion of the heart. It is envisaged that this work will have a major impact on clinical interventions towards the treatment of cardiac disease.

The ideal student has a strong background in organic chemistry, biomaterials research, and electronics, with a track record of undertaking interdisciplinary research. Pro-active and enthusiastic students are greatly recommended to apply.

For more information, contact Prof Molly Stevens

 



PhD position in the development of new biomaterials for regenerative medicine


Closing Date: The position will be filled as applications are received


This project aims to synthesise polymer-based materials designed according to the requisites in bone or cardiovascular tissue engineering. A major goal will be the elucidation of the physical and chemical properties at the cell-material interface using state of the art materials-based characterisation techniques. The key features of the materials’ properties on the influence of cells in 2D and 3D culture will then be assessed.

Supervisor: Prof Molly M. Stevens
Positions available: 1
Start Date: Optional
Duration: 36 months
Funding: Available to UK/EU applicants only. International applicants must be self-funded.
Deadline to apply: Enquiries can be made at any time

 



PhD position in the development of new biomaterials for biosensing


Closing Date: The position will be filled as applications are received


This project will focus on the development of new nanomaterial-based assays that detect biomarkers specific to cancer and infectious diseases according to relevant biomarker concentrations and cost-amenability. The physical properties of the assay will need to be completely characterised to understand the effects of agglomeration and influence of surrounding proteins. This project includes preclinical tests using patient samples.

Supervisor: Prof Molly M. Stevens
Positions available: 1
Start Date: Optional
Duration: 36 months
Funding: Available to UK/EU applicants only. International applicants must be self-funded.
Deadline to apply: Enquiries can be made at any time

 



Research Associate (postdoc) in Multivariate Data Analysis


Closing Date: The position will be filled as applications are received


This project will involve performing multivariate data analyses, conducted in a high-performance computing cluster or through data retrieval optimised by confidence estimations, on spectra optained using micro-Raman spectroscopy of tissue and of living cells. A range of multivariate statistical analyses is employed and complemented with ongoing cell biology in the Stevens Group to understand how these spectral changes relate to cell genotype and phenotype, which requires algorithmic analysis for optimised data retrieval.


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Research Associate (postdoc) in Micro-Raman Spectroscopy of Cells and Tissue


Closing Date: The position will be filled as applications are received


Raman spectroscopy can potentially offer a non-invasive, information rich biochemical “snap-shot” of living human cells rapidly, without the need of labels or contrast enhancers. This project will involve performing micro-Raman spectroscopy of tissue and of living cells as a function of cell differentiation and drug exposure. A range of multivariate statistical analyses will be employed and the experiments will be complemented with ongoing cell biology in the research group to understand how these spectral changes relate to cell genotype and phenotype.


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