Research Associate / Fellow in Bacteria-Polymer Interfacial Analysis

University of Nottingham Department of Pharmacy

Research Associate/Fellow (Bacteria-polymer interfacial analysis) (fixed term)

Closing Date
Wednesday, 9th December 2020
Job Type
£27511 to £40322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

We are currently seeking a postdoctoral scientist to join the School of Pharmacy.  A novel class of polymers developed in our labs show great promise in reducing infections in the clinic. The reason bacteria do not form adherent biofilms on their surface is not well understood so in this Wellcome Trust funded project we aim to elucidate the bacterial surface sensing processes in an interdisciplinary collaboration recruiting both cutting edge analytics and state of the art microbiology. Mass spectrometry imaging (OrbiSIMS) and optical single cell tracking are combined to determine the composition of the interface between bacteria and polymers. This approach will equip us to design the biomaterials of the future to reduce device centred infections for the post antibiotic era. The work is a continuation of successful collaboration between Morgan Alexander and Paul Williams that has led to the approval of a medical device with reduced bacterial biofilm colonisation for use in the clinic.

The successful candidate will be responsible for experiments utilising both novel surface chemical analysis methods to analyse bacterial cell secreted molecules and optical microscopy for bacterial tracking at the surface of novel polymers. 

Candidates must have a PhD submitted or awarded in the area of physical or biological sciences.  Experience with surface chemical analysis data acquisition and interpretation is also essential.

In return, you’ll receive a generous holiday entitlement of 30 days plus bank holidays and University closure days; a benefits package including contributory pension scheme and the opportunity to take advantage of the University’s Employee Hub enabling you to save money on childcare, shopping and services.  

We pride ourselves on the collegial and supportive culture created by our staff for our staff and students. We are dedicated to providing an environment which enables our staff to thrive and achieve their potential. Our commitment to Equality and Diversity has been recognised in the award of an Athena SWAN Silver Award. 

This is a collaborative project between the School of Pharmacy and the School of Life Sciences. This full-time post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 16 months; funding end date 30th April 2022. Job share arrangements may be considered. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Morgan Alexander (email: Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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