Applications are open for Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham School of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences in the United Kingdom. The successful applicant will be expected to have a multidisciplinary background and will be expected to work closely with other members of the UKRMP, and industrial partners.
The position will involve close liaison with the Institute of Translational Medicine and other translational programs leading towards commercialization of the innovations from the project. The incumbent will join a new laboratory of Professor Alicia El Haj within the Healthcare Technologies Institute at the University of Birmingham and will be responsible for overseeing new project development within their own interests.
The research fellow will play the following role to create clinically relevant treatment modalities for cartilage and bone repair.
- In vitro studies to determine novel strategies for differentiation and maintenance of stem cell sources into cartilage and bone using novel agonists tethered on optimized biomaterials using 2D and 3D in vitro models.
- Successful approaches will be translated to relevant small and large animal models to demonstrate functional knee repair as a result of a given approach.
- Further, the candidate will be required to work closely with additional Research Fellows and assist in the supervision of PhD students within the lab of Professor Alicia El Haj.
- To apply and be a co-applicant for further fellowship funding to support this research with the aim of moving towards the clinic.
- Liaison with Pharmaceutical and other industrial collaborators will be part of the role; and also driving commercialization of any potential products from the program.
The incumbent will also do the following duties
- Develop research objectives and proposals for own and joint research, with the assistance of a mentor if required.
- Contribute to the planning and organizing of the research program. Similarly, contribute and oversee the collaborations with other members of the UKRMP program.
- Analyzing and interpreting research findings and results
- Apply knowledge in a way that develops new intellectual understanding.
- Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars, etc.
- Undertake management/administration arising from research and update and report on milestones and deliverables related to the project.
- Contribute if required to Departmental/School research-related activities and research-related administration.
- Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University under the supervision of the project leader.
- Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews.
- Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters.
- Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines.
- Promote equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.
- PhD (or close to completing) in a relevant discipline and, a strong interest in multidisciplinary science or equivalent experience. First degree in bioengineering or biomedical sciences.
- High-level analytical capability and experience of cell culture and biomaterials.
- Also, the ability to communicate complex information clearly to a range of stakeholders, including clinical and industrial partners.
- Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones.
- Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively. Similarly, understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.
- The ability to coordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of efforts.
- Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day-to-day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.
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