Research Assistant in Biological Engineering
Loughborough University, Department of Chemical Engineering
United Kingdom

Now that the human genome, amongst others, has been sequenced and now that some of the roles of each gene have been understood many of the proteins that they encode will have to be produced in sufficient quantities for the predicted benefits in human healthcare and welfare to be realised. Additionally, within the pharmaceutical and healthcare functions there is an immediate worldwide need for the development of replacement human tissue via the regenerative medicine approach and the application of stem cells. Indeed continued improvements in the nation's health depend upon the efficient development of new generations of bioscience-based therapies and techniques. In line with Loughborough's long-term strategy to help to 'improve the nations quality of life' the University created a fully integrated 'innovation-to-product' shared 'Centre for Biological Engineering' (CBE) between the Department of Chemical Engineering and The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering. This initiative has built capability and capacity in biological engineering in the UK and by maximising the amount of resource available, will enable Loughborough to compete with the best in the world. The 650m2 facility is made-up of a suite of Class 2 laboratories for animal and human cell growth and an analytical suite to service all laboratories. In particular the facility is entered via a dedicated restricted access laboratory transfer area which will enable controlled operation for the whole area. Equipment available includes a range of new cell culture vessels, an automated cell culture platform, flow cytometry as well as other state-of-the art imaging and analytical techniques. Additionally, open plan postgraduate/postdoctoral writing and meeting rooms are located adjacent to these laboratories. The activities within the CBE are positioned in the translational space between scientific discovery and the production of cell based/biological products, techniques and therapies. This makes us one of the major national centres for late stage, process oriented research. The CBE is also home to the Loughborough led EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Regenerative Medicine which is funding the training of >100 PhD students over >10 years. This CDT is held jointly with Keele and Nottingham Universities but is led from Loughborough.

This short term 12 month post will focus on basic research within a project exploring whether a novel biological matrix can be used to encapsulate cells and their hypothermic storage and transport.  

The successful applicant will be based in the Centre for Biological Engineering (CBE) described above. They will be supervised by Dr Karen Coopman and Dr Marijana Dragosavac and join a team of research associates and students working at the interface between engineering and the life sciences.

Application Closing Date: 16 August 2019 

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