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Department/Faculty: Departments of Materials and Physics, Faculty of Engineering

Salary: £41,593 – £49,210* per annum*

Location: South Kensington Campus

Contract: Full-Time, Fixed Term contract for 12 months with the possibility of extension.

Job Summary

The Department of Materials wishes to appoint a Research Associate in Biosensing to develop nanostructured materials and surfaces for detection of disease biomarkers. The post involves a multidisciplinary approach in materials science, integrating organic and inorganic chemistry or Raman microspectroscopy, to develop devices for ultrasensitive biosensing. This post is based within Professor Molly Stevens’ group and involves collaborations with a number of other internationally recognised biomaterials and (nano)materials research groups. The Stevens Group has received numerous awards for outstanding biomaterials related research ( and comprises a very international and multidisciplinary group of postdoctoral researchers and students.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Design nanomaterials for biomolecular detection that output quantitative signals in presence of biomarker targets.
  • Use DNA/RNA molecular biology techniques to interface with nanomaterials for amplification for applications in biosensing.
  • Materials based characterisation of innovative nano/microcarriers.
  • Undertake the associated data analysis and interpretation of data including either developing or liaising with others to use chemometrics and multivariate analysis in the Matlab scripting environment.

Essential requirements

  • A first degree (or equivalent) or a Masters (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering or Biochemistry or similar.
  • Hold a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, Biochemistry or similar.
  • Experience in nanomaterial design for biosensing applications.
  • Experience in running biosensing assays.
  • Experience in writing papers focusing on biosensing, including a number of first-authored papers in well-respected journals.
  • Knowledge of biomaterials for applications in biosensing.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £36,694- £39,888 per annum.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Professor Molly Stevens

Further guidance about the recruitment process may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (

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The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

Closing date: 22nd June 2022

To apply, visit and search by the job reference ENG02149

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