Research Associate in Peptide Hydrogels for 3D Cell Culture

University Of Manchester

United Kingdom

Research Associate (Peptide Hydrogels for 3D Cell Culture)

Job Reference : BM&H-14509

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing Date (DD-MM-YYYY) : 03/10/2019

Salary : £32,816 to £35,845 per annum depending on experience

Employment Type : Fixed Term

Faculty / Organisational Unit : Biology, Medicine & Health

Division : Cell Matrix Biology & Regenerative Medicine

Hours Per week : Full time

Contract Duration : Starting as soon as possible for 24 months

FBMH Introduction

The integrated structure of our Faculty enables a truly translational approach to biology, medicine and health - from pure discovery science through to clinical application and patient care. It also encourages collaborative working, enabling staff to deliver innovative, world-leading research that has a very real and positive impact on people’s lives, as well as high-quality education and training to over 11,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.


The Project
The proposed research project is a collaborative effort between Prof Alberto Saiani (Department of Materials & Manchester Institute of Biotechnology) and Dr Adam Reid (Division of Cell Matrix Biology & Regenerative Medicine and Blond McIndoe Laboratories) and Manchester BIOGEL ( which aims to further develop the peptide hydrogel technology through research and development of existing and new know‐how to the biomedical sector.


You will have a PhD in the area of tissue engineering/regeneration with biomaterials expertise or equivalent. You will have demonstrable previous research experience in cell culture (ideally primary cell culture of mesenchymal stem cells), in biomaterials (ideally have used hydrogel for 3D cell culture), a sound background in histological, biochemical/molecular biology techniques, a good basic understanding of stem cell biology and knowledge of tissue engineering/regeneration. Experience of working with an interdisciplinary team of scientists (material scientists, biologists and clinicians) together with a developing publication record in peer reviewed journals would be advantageous.


This post is to be based in the Blond McIndoe Laboratories, FBMH, University of Manchester.


The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:


Successful candidates may be subject to pre-employment screening carried out on our behalf by a third party. The offer of employment will be dependent on the successful candidate passing that screening. Whilst you will be required to provide express consent at a later stage, by continuing with your application now you acknowledge that you are aware that such screening will take place, and agree to take part in the process.


Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:
Name and e-mail:
Prof Alberto Saiani ( )
Dr. Adam Reid (


General enquiries:
Tel: 0161 275 4499


Technical support:
Tel: 0161 850 2004


This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria that you should address in your application.

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