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Chemistry Research Associate

Chemistry Research Associate

  • Oxfordshire


We are looking for a Chemistry Research Associate to join our Bioengineering team, who specialise in technology and biomaterial development. This is a lab-based role and your work will centre on optimising biomaterial performance and exploring new areas of IP. Training will be provided for all aspects but hands-on experience in chemical synthesis is expected and knowledge/experience in polymers is desirable. 
Chemistry Research Associate
Salary: £DOE + Benefits (26 Days Holiday, Up to 20% Bonus, Stock Options, Private Medical Care, etc)
Location: Oxford
PhD in chemistry/biomaterials or related field, including polymers, hydrogels and materials engineering.
OR Bachelors/Masters in a relevant field with 2 years industry experience with biomaterials.
The successful candidate will use their technical knowledge to assist in development and implementation of novel biomaterials for tissue engineering applications. This is a lab-based role with a strong focus on chemical synthesis and processing/modification of biomaterials. The core duties are:

  • Synthesise biomaterials for production, novel biomaterials for testing and evaluation.
  • Characterise chemical and material properties.
  • Assist team members with biological assays.
  • Scale reactions from lab to pilot scale (g to kg).
  • Assist in the generation of SOPs, COSHH and risk assessments.
  • Participate in R&D meetings, sharing skills and expertise with team members.
  • Maintain equipment and order reagents/solvents.
  • Ensure accurate recording of experiments using electronic laboratory notebook.

Essential Experience:

  • Formulating and processing natural polymers (e.g. polysaccharides, proteins, lipids), hydrogels and/or protein/enzyme solutions.
  • Chemical/mechanical characterisation of materials (e.g. GPC/SEC-HPLC, NMR, FTIR, TGA/DSC, tensile testing).
  • Laboratory experience – previously conducted research project with chemical synthesis and characterisation with an understanding of chemical hazards and safety protocols.
  • Good knowledge of standard chemical methods in purification, isolation and work-up of small molecules (solvents, monomers etc).

Desirable Experience:

  • Practical experience in polymer synthesis (e.g. RAFT, ATRP, ring-opening or anionic), processes (e.g. bulk, emulsion, solution), post-polymerisation modification or hydrogel processing methodologies.
  • Experience working with biomaterials or academic understanding of cell-material interfaces.
  • Prior experience with working in a clean room, biological safety cabinet or aseptic handling/sterilisation methods.
  • Experience communicating across disciplines or in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience with factorial design of experiments.
  • Basic understanding of patents and IP.

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