University of Nottingham: Research Associate/Fellow (Bacteria-polymer interfacial analysis)

Closing Date: Wednesday, 9th December 2020

Salary: £27,511 to £40,322 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30,942 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

The University of Nottingham are currently seeking a postdoctoral scientist to join their 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.

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 30 April 2022. Job share arrangements may be considered. 

Please contact Professor Morgan Alexander for informal enquiries. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.