University of Nottingham

Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)

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Location:  University Park 

Salary:  £28,762 to £43,414 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £32348 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance 

Closing Date:  Thursday 15 December 2022 

Reference:  ENG519022

The University of Nottingham is inviting applications for a Research Associate/Fellow to be part of an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers with a focus on developing a new generation of electrostatic force microscopy technology. This is an exciting opportunity where knowledge and skills in bio electrostatics and optical microscopy are applied to develop a new imaging tool with promising applications in cancer cell biology. The successful applicant will be part of the Optics and Photonics Research Group – a large community of research teams where several exciting new optical imaging/sensing technologies are being developed to tackle biomedical and healthcare challenges.     

This is a great opportunity for a talented and enthusiastic researcher to plan and deliver on adventurous and equally rewarding cutting-edge research project. The role includes performing finite-element modelling of interfacial electrical and electrostatic processes of electrodes with the aim of designing new set of electrodes tailored to advance electrostatic bio-imaging as well as understanding the effect of electrical properties of cells. The successful candidate will design and perform experiments using optical tweezers to test the concept and demonstrate biophysical applications. The candidate will assist in supervising postgraduate students and work with the team having an instrumental role in timely delivery of the outcomes. One of the key aspects of the role is to disseminate research findings at various national and international meetings.

You should hold PhD (or about to obtain) in a relevant field such as engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, or computer science, and ideally have knowledge or experience of optical microscopy and/or computational electrophysiology/electrochemistry. You should demonstrate experience of working in scientific research environment as well as having worked successfully within a research team. You should be proactive, able to manage time effectively to prioritise and deliver project activities. You should be able to work collaboratively with researchers external to our team to support ongoing collaborations and/or initiate new collaborative opportunities. You will receive regular mentoring and support to achieve personal and professional career goals and will access a wide range of training and skill development opportunities at the University of Nottingham.

This role is available on a fixed term basis for 1 year 8 months. Hours of work are full time (36.25 hours). Job share arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Sidahmed Abayzeed (, Prof Amanda Wright ( or Dr Tania Mendona ( Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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