Research Fellow in Novel Material Processing Technologies for Soft Robotic Surgery

University of Leeds School of Design

Research Fellow in Novel Material Processing Technologies for soft robotic surgery

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Are you interested in materials processing? Do you want to develop cutting edge research for healthcare applications?

Pancreatic cancer is currently the deadliest form of cancer (mortality 95% <2yrs). Through a EPSRC research project conducted at the University of Leeds in partnership with clinicians and industry; our vision is to challenge the mind-set of pancreatic cancer being a prognosis of extremely limited options and to enable revolutionary future treatments that will save lives and allow patients to live without major side-effects.

Our research will seek to enable future treatments by allowing non-destructive access to the pancreas' intricate sensitive internal anatomy. This will be investigated through the creation of sub-mm magnetically-driven soft continuum-robots featuring high-resolution controlled multi-material construction (magnetisable materials and elastomeric materials) that can traverse and deliver treatments within the pancreas. This will be investigated by a research team of academics, Research Fellows and PhD researchers spanning technology themes of; manufacturing technology, robotics, and materials processing. This particular Research Fellow position concerns the materials processing research.

This post will be conducted within the Clothworkers Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare (CCTMIH) who explore research in the design, manufacture and translation of novel fibre-based prototypes for specific clinical and industrial needs.

While working in close collaboration with the wider project team, this role will specialise in the design of stimulus-responsive polymer formulations and their processing into fibrous mesh and particulates. This role requires strong experimental skills and a good understanding of fibre manufacture, bio/polymer modification and drug delivery. In collaboration with the project partners, we will identify specific external and physiologic stimuli to accomplish localised and on-demand drug release for effective cancer therapy.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Stephen Russell or Dr Giuseppe Tronci

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Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Cultures
School/Institute: School of Design
Category: Research
Grade: Grade 7
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 p.a. pro rata
It is likely that an appointment will be made no higher than £35,845 p.a., since there are funding limitations which dictate the level at which the appointment can start.
Post Type: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (Until 31 October 2024)
Release Date: Tuesday 27 April 2021
Closing Date: Tuesday 25 May 2021
Reference: AHCDE1113