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Postdoctoral Fellowship on Advanced Supramolecular Biomaterials - QMUL11837

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £32,405 (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL11837
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 21-Jun-2017
Closing date: 15-Aug-2017

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School of Engineering and Materials Science

Post title: Postdoctoral Fellowship on Advanced Supramolecular Biomaterials

Ref: QMUL11837

Applications are invited for a three-year Institute of Bioengineering Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Professor Alvaro Mata in the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) at Queen Mary University of London.

The research combines biological principles with supramolecular chemistry and creative engineering approaches to develop biomaterials with advanced properties such as structural hierarchy, self-healing properties, and the capacity to grow and undergo morphogenesis. Examples include materials based on a) self-assembling peptides, b) disordered proteins, c) guided biomineralization, d) co-assembling molecules, and e) novel printing techniques.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Organic Chemistry, Materials Science, Molecular Biology, Engineering or relevant and experience in one or more of the following areas: 1) peptide synthesis and molecular self-assembly, 2) recombinant proteins such as elastin-like proteins, 3) protein-based materials, 4) biomineralization, 5) electrophoresis, or 6) biofabrication.

The project, co-supervised by Professor Wen Wang, Head of School of SEMS, is designed to enable an outstanding candidate to thrive while developing strong scientific and leadership skills. It provides a rare and exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic and highly interdisciplinary group that provides an optimum environment for conducting high-impact cutting edge research, collaborating with world leading groups, and have real impact in patients’ lives.

As a member of the prestigious Russell Group, QMUL is one of UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions, where multidisciplinary research is carried out at the highest level. Access to a large variety of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities will be available.

The post is a full-time, fixed term appointment for 3 years. Starting salary will be £32,405 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave and defined benefit pension scheme.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be emailed to Professor Alvaro Mata at (

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Deadline of applications: 15 August 2017

The School of Engineering & Materials Science and Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science

The School of Engineering and Material Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award and is a registered member of WISE.   We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the WISE principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

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